English 112 Essay

Posted: May 11, 2016

     William Shakespeare’s Macbeth is a play with many recurring themes and motifs.  Select one of the following topics.  Discuss what Shakespeare was saying about the topic and explore specific examples from the play to support your ideas.  DO NOT simply retell the events of the play.

1. Kingship  (Remember to consider all four kings:  Duncan, Macbeth, Edward, and Malcolm)

2. Ambition  (You can explore both the positive and the negative of being an ambitious person)

3. Guilt  (You can concentrate on Macbeth or Lady Macbeth, or you can discuss both)

4. Deceptive Appearances  (This topic can include the motif of hurly burly)

5. Witches and Superstition  (Shakespeare’s witches are a memorable feature of the play.  Many characters are highly superstitious.  How are these connected to the play? The era during which the play was written?  Audiences today?)

6. Fathers and Sons  (You can consider the four father-son relationships found in the play and also the fact that Macbeth had no sons)

 Your essay MUST be typed (font 12, times New Roman, double space).  Your essay MUST follow MLA formatting and include a minimum of four sources on your work cited page.  Essay length: 4 typed pages (work cited page).  Value = 100.  Spelling and mechanics count for 30%.  MLA format counts for 20%

Due:  May 26