JOURNAL TOPIC: [today's tunes: "Macbeth-Sinfonia" by Verdi; "Tiny Daggers" by INXS]
Macbeth sees a vision of a dagger and is moved to speak and act accordingly. Hamlet imagined the "bare bodkin" in his most famous soliloquy-- and was also moved to speak and act. Compare these two moments: how does Shakespeare's characterization and writing technique create dramatic tension and move the plot? Why do these characters see visions in their mind, then use words to express what they think & feel about what they see, and then become motivated to act? What effects does Shakespeare's technique create? And why the images of weaponry? In other words: What...is...the...[groan]...POINT?
2. Macbeth: Act II
1. Use the weekend to catch up, review, and deepen your understanding of Macbeth and your masterpiece. Come back Monday refreshed and prepared for next steps on both fronts. (Note: this grading period ends Friday, April 11.)