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In this unit:
- You are encouraged to record your reflections on the study of Macbeth as a play and film.
- You will discuss the way the play was performed in Shakespearean times and how it has been interpreted for different audiences.
- You will view one production of Macbeth in depth and compare and contrast key scenes from different productions.
- You will explore how meaning is createdand shaped by elements of film production.
Online resources for "Macbeth"
- No Fear Shakespeare : Macbeth
No Fear Shakespeare puts Shakespeare's language side-by-side with a facing-page translation into modern English—the kind of English people actually speak today.
- Sparknotes : Macbeth
Plot overviews, character analysis, themes, essay topics etc.
- Bookrags : Macbeth
- eNotes : Macbeth
- NovelGuide : Macbeth
Summary, plot analysis, character profiles and themes
- Encyclopedia Britannica Study Guides : Macbeth
Examination of the characters, plot, and setting of this play
- Absolute Shakespeare Study Guide : Macbeth
Essay, plot summary, quotes and characters study guide
- Novel Analysis : Macbeth
Incudes plot summary and character profiles
- Shakespeare Theme Page
This "Theme Page" has links to two types of resources related to the study of Shakespeare. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic
A ThinkQuest site that provides background about Shakespeare's Macbeth, a summary of the play, characters, essays, vocabulary, quizzes and games, film versions, full text of the play, readings and further links. English Literature
- Macbeth plugged
An annotated, on-line version of the Shakespearean tragedy.Good in-depth analysis. Glossary. Summaries.
Life in Elizabethan Times
Theatre in Shakespeare's Time
use the following sites to explore the theatre in Shakespeare's time:
Aristotle's Definition of Tragedy
Macbeth is Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy, and tells the story of a brave Scottish general named Macbeth who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia, and he soon becomes a tyrannical ruler as he is forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion. The bloodbath and consequent civil war swiftly take Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into the realms of arrogance, madness, and death.
from Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macbeth
Read Aristotle's definition of tragedy.
Read "Macbeth" online
The BBC have excellent resources for you to use.
Use the following sites:
"Macbeth" - Film Study (2006 version)