Reviews raise questions

11 Jun

I have read a number of Macbeth theatre reviews.  What I enjoy most about them is the language they use to sum up the play.  It struck me, that these sentiments would make great essay questions for my students.

Drawing on this review, for example, we could ask: To what extent do you agree with the proposition that Macbeth is a nightmare of a play, a dark and bloody depiction of marriage as a pathway to murder?

Using this review as inspiration, we could ask: Could Macbeth reasonably excuse his actions by saying ‘the witches made me do it?’  Justify your response with examples from the text.

If we were to take this review as our inspiration, the question would be: To what extent do you agree that Macbeth is best described as a play about ambition, murder and soul-corroding guilt?





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