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An Intro to Macbeth

A presentation to introduce basic Shakespeare facts and characters in the tragedy Macbeth

Christina Moore

on 22 March 2012

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An Intro to Macbeth The Basics of Shakespeare and the Scottish Play Shakespeare basics Born in Stratford-on-Avon in 1564 Wrote at least 37 plays
between 1590 and 1613 Connected to the Globe Theater Retired from the theater in 1613 Died April 23, 1616 Written around 1606 Very loosely based on an historical figure Thought to be written in honor
of King James I. One of Shakespeare's shortest plays Shows life at its most brutal and cynical in order to answer life’s toughest question The cursed play Macbeth is notoriously known as "the cursed play Supposedly Shakespeare used
a real incantation to impress
King James I Several things have happened
during productions of this play
that have supported this idea. "Macbeth" should never be
said in a theater as it will bring
bad luck upon the theater. A special ritual must be performed
to reverse the curse, and it
may look something like this... Despite many variations, this seems
to be the basic idea to the curse reversal: Guilty party must go outside the theater
Turn three times and curse the foulest word(s) one can think of
Knock on the door until given permission to reenter the theater Another way is to recite a line from another Shakespearean play, preferably Hamlet. Characters Macbeth Scottish general and Thane (chief) of Glamis Led to wicked thoughts by the prophecies of three witches Lady Macbeth Macbeth's wife Deeply ambitious Lusts for power and position Macduff Three Witches Three hags who plot mischief against Macbeth using spells, charms, and prophecies. Take delight in using prophecies to mess with humans Banquo Brave, noble general Friend to Macbeth Pictured with Fleance, his son Duncan A good king of Scotland The model of a virtuous, benevolent, farsighted leader Donalbain Duncan's son Malcolm Duncan's son and rightful heir to the throne Appears to be weak and uncertain of his own power Scottish nobleman who is against the change in kingship Hecate Goddess of witchcraft Helps the three witches in their mischief against Macbeth Literary Terms Allusion--reference to another published work Comic relief--the intrusion of humor interrupting or immediately following a scene of great excitement Foil--a character whose qualities or actions usually serve to emphasize the actions or qualities of another through contrast Metonymy--the use of a related item to represent the thing discussed Soliloquy--lines in a play used to reveal the thoughts of a character to the audience, but not to other characters; usually longer than an aside and not directed to the audience Aside--lines a character speaks directly to the audience Tone--the author's attitude about a subject Tragic hero--the main character in a tragedy; must have a flaw which causes his or her downfall
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