Macbeth: An Educators Reference
Appearances do not always reflect reality.
Despite prophecies of the future, people are responsible for their own actions.
Attempts to control the future by overturning the natural order of society are futile.
Ambition can subvert reason.
When supernatural powers represent evil, they should be ignored.
The natural order is disrupted by any upset in the proper order of human society.
In pairs discuss:
What sort of opening do we get? Pupils report back collect ideas on board.
Discuss/teach contemporary expectations of witches
People blamed witches for such misfortunes as weather/crop failures/illness in people or livestock.
-blamed for misfortune -- sickness of people
sickness of animals
-use of familiars
-witchcraft trials and executions, King James
Questions for Discussion
Is Macbeth a tragic hero? What was his "foible?" Consider actions/decisions he made that led to his downfall.
Who is responsible for Duncan's murder: Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Witches, Fate, Duncan himself?
Is ambition a good thing or a bad thing? What are you willing to do to get what you want?