Total: $0.00Close Cart
eBook & Document Store
Macbeth Teaching Unit
Excerpt From this Document
- The phrase, “Fair is foul, and foul is fair,” first used by the Witches, becomes a major theme of the play. Identify parts of the play that echo the phrase, and examine its meaning as it applies to various characters and events.
- Explain whether Macbeth is controlled by fate or exercises his own free will. Cite examples from the text to support your conclusion.
- Discuss the role of the Witches in the play. What is the nature of their power in regards to Macbeth’s fate? Be sure to discuss the prophecies and the ways in which they come to be fulfilled. What might the Witches symbolize?
- Discuss how various characters define masculinity throughout the play. How and why do some characters experience a challenge to their masculinity? What conception of masculinity does the play seem to embrace?
- What characteristics did Duncan possess that made him a great king? Which of Macbeth’s characteristics made him a tyrant? What other examples of kings arise in the play?
- The killing of King Duncan by Macbeth is presented as an unnatural act in the play. State why the Elizabethans would have considered regicide an act against nature, and point out how this idea is reinforced by comments and incidents throughout the story.
About this Document
A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.