Thoughts, observations, comments, and concerns regarding our readings and classroom discussions.
posted by annes @ 8:16 AM
It is obvious that most, if not all, the characters in Macbeth hide behind "masks" to keep other people from seeing certain sides of them. My question is, how does this relate to real life and people in it? Do we all hide behind actions and other masks at times? Also, could hiding behind masks be a characteristic of a tragic hero, and a way of challenging the system? Is hiding behind masks always a bad thing, as in the case of Macbeth?
My one main question is: What was the motive of the tragic heroes? Why was there such a need of death and murder throughout the play? What does murdering someone? What does that gain them? Is there a point to be a tragic hero, over just a regular hero? What defines a hero? Does it have something to do with ones ego?
My question is why do Macbeth, as well as the characters in Lord of the Flies, become desensitized to evil? Is it just because through their circumstances they were exposed to evil more and just became used to it? Before certain decisions were made and before any tragic event occurred, they were decent people who felt guilt when they did something wrong, but as each story progressed, the characters became numb to that guilt. Why? Did the characters make a conscious decision to not feel guilt, or was it a process that went unnocticed?
My question is: Many of the women in Shakespeare's play,Lady Macbeth, the three witches, and Hecate are presented as powerful, controlling, and tough. This contrasts to how women actually acted and were presented in Elizabethan society. Why do you think Shakespeare made women seem much more tough and controlling than would actaully have been true during the time period?
My questions are: Who is really the third witch? And if it is Macbeth, why did he hide behind that mask? Also, why do the women always ask the men, "Are you a man?" This occured when Lady Macbeth was talking to Macbeth, and when Lady Macduff was cursing her husband for abandoning them and leaving them for death.
One topic of question that comes to mind concerns the witches. What affects the destiny of the characters? How do the witches play a part in their destiny? Do they just predict the events that will occur or do they cause them by telling their "predictions"? Also, what does evil have to do with the outcome of the future? How about goodness?
Why do the witches want to create cause? Or are they really trying to help scotland or help themselves?
We learned form our research before we read Macbeth that Shakespeare may have written this play for King James himself. We also know that King James didn't like witches, which is why Shakespeare incorporated witches in the play. The witches have a huge role in the play. Without them, Macbeth might not have committed any of the murders, and thus the play would not have gone on the same way. But have the witches done any wrong? Other than how they cursed the sailor, have they DONE anything wrong? They only told Macbeth the prophecies; Macbeth was the one who committed the deeds. And after Macbeth had killed, they presented him with the three apparitions to sort of help him. I guess my main question is, why would Shakespeare present the witches this way, and assuming King James saw this play (since it was written for him), what could his reaction have been like to the witches and the play as a whole based on what we know about King James? What would the general public of that time think?
One of my main questions is who is Hectate. I know she is apart of the witches but could she be somebody else? Could Lady Macbeth be Hectate as well? Because both Lady Macbeth and Hectate are very strong. Could the three witches be anybody else? Another mini side question that I have is after the murderers kill Banquo and Fleaonce got away, what happened to him?
A question that has been bugging me but might be a little bit related to the other questions is why do the withces insist on creating chaos, or more so what are their motives for creating chaos? Do they just like to do it or are they made at society for banning them?
I have a quick question realting to the test: How is everyone preparing? What are the study skills that you are using? What are you doing to prepare?
My question is did Shakespeare make the witches purpose in the play to bring out the inner evil within everybody like the hunting and ritual does in Lord of the Flies?
chelseah: To prepare for the "test", I am just checking everyone elses questions for it, and am brainstorming my own views on possible answers. I really think that that is all that we have to do, seeing as the test will be over our class's questions.
chelseah~ to prepare, I'm just going to make sure I understand everything that happened throughout the acts and read other people's questions and try to think of interesting connections etc. Hope that helps!
One of my main questions i have, is what was the significance of the witches throughout the book? Were the witches the cause of the chaos between the characters in the play?Did they ever help out Lady Macbeth or Macbeth in getting the power and killing Macbeths' victims or the people next inline to the throne? What happened to the witches toward the end of the play?One moment they were chanting a spell and throwing things into a cauldron and then they never showed up again in the play.
As briang said, our group researched King James and his relation to the play before we started to read Macbeth. We found out that Macbeth is one of King James ancestors and that he did not like witches. My question is if Macbeth is somehow related to King James, then why would Shakespeare have Macbeth be a somewhat crazy murderer and have him be killed at the end of the play? Is this anyway to suck up to a king? By having his ancestor murderered? Also (just as a mini question), since King James disliked witches, our research said that the witches were killed. Well, I don't remember this part in the play. Does anyone know where this happens?
my question is as all the characters have been shedding off their masks (Macbeth and Lady Macbeth) has Malcolm been wearing a mask? He said to his brother that they couldn't stay in scotland earlier, for fear of their lives AND because they couldn't really mourn for their father... were they happy he finally died? If given the chance would Malcolm have killed his father so he could become king?
Thanks aleea and shaunam, that helps! See you tomorrow!
Throughout the book as the plots intensified and different sides were built, (i.e. Macbeth and his followers, the witches, Malcolm and Macduff...) were they forced to challenge the system to get what they wanted?Also, why the sudden change in Lady Macbeth? Suddenly she is in charge, and the next moment she is suffering a mental illness.
Apparently while challenging the system, Macbeth got pretty cocky. For example he said, “Thou wast born of woman. But swords I smile at, weapons laugh to scorn, brandished by man that’s of woman born.” I know that a tragic hero must build themselves up so they have a long way to fall, but is that what happens when you challenge the system? Are you ever able to conquer the system or do you almost reach the top right before you fail?
What are message are the authors of both Macbeth and Lord of the Flies trying to convey, through their stories, about the nature of humans?
Why do you think every human has some evil in them like the novels Lord of the Flies and Macbeth reflect
Did Lady Macbeth have so much guilt about making Macbeth kill Duncan that even in her sleep, she felt the guilt and was restless?
hannah~ I think that the guilt from all the murders that have been taking place has really gotten to Lady Macbeth since she knows that she is part of it
We have noticed that the witches rhymed all of their sentences, but what kind of effect did that have on Macbeth and why did he begin to rhyme in Act 5 when he was nearing his doom? Was Shakespeare representing something that was meant to be interpreted in a different manner(appearance vs. reality)?
How are the personalities of Macbeth and Macduff similar? HOw are they alike?
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