Macbeth as Tragedy
Week 4 Discussion 2
I have to agree that Shakespeare’s Macbeth much about the human, nature experiences because it deals with many of the dark depths of humanity. What it conveys about humanity and the human experience is betrayal, cruelty, jealous, power, murder, revenge, and we must be careful about becoming to ambitious. We also have to be careful allowing others to influence us to do something that we know is morally wrong. This play is mostly showing ambition and calling the play a tragedy, Macbeth’s ambition is that of negative outcome murdering people and sending them to slaughter due to his own fears. Macbeth’s subject matter, themes, form, or other literary elements might be characteristics of tragedy due to of him murdering Duncan in Act 2 Scene 1, Para 3: :”I go, and it is done. The bell invites me. Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knell that summons thee to heaven or to hell.” (Crowther, 2005). Macbeth’s ambition to be king is what drives him negatively into more and more fear and hatred causing him to lose control of reality. Macbeth begins to lose his wife on his road to becoming more and more a monster and loses his own grip in reality seeing things and seeking council from the witches in visions of the future which drive him more and more insane. He begins to trust no one and isolates himself from everyone around him. This I believe to be a tragedy due to all negative aspects in this play. This tragic qualities of the play contribute to the story’s larger message by conveying to the audience or reader of the play in portraying the negative effects of becoming power hungry after murdering then a sadistic ruling of people through use of fear and executions, thus making more steps toward evil, murder, power, lust for control, loss of control, trust in no one, and fearing everyone. For Macbeth’s lust for more power he eventually loses control of reality, starts seeing ghosts, and his life by Macduff. Reference
A World Lit Only By Fire, a magnificent book written by William Manchester transform the way people saw the medieval and the renaissance times. He portraits a very vivid image of that time opening our eyes to what really happen to the people who lived that era.
The book is divided into three parts: The Medieval Mind, The Shattering and the last part, One Man Alone. The first part of the book introduce us to a new perspective and understanding of what the author believe, thanks to his investigations, form and mold the medieval mind. The society of this time was one of indifference toward others, corruption, violence, and cruelty. Men of the church were blind by the power the Holy See gave them, and by the name of that same church, the one that was supposed to protect the interest of all the faithful Christian, was the one that cause thousands of innocent deaths. When you read things like this you think that it can’t get worse, but when you keep reading you realize that not even the sins where taken seriously and that corruption was worse than we thought but, the worst part of the situation were the diseases. Education was so ignored by the people that at some point as the people infected with the diseases try to reach for a doctor or a person that can cure them they find themselves without a good treatment just because the ignorance led them to became an illiterate society with a seriously lack of ethics, moral but more important, the base of...
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THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE IS FULL! "
In the last few years, the English language has undergone many changes. Dubbed the
international language, English has become the language that most people wish to
learn. Many reasons explain such a choice but none explains it better than the fact that
the strongest economy still remains the United States of America. Being an Englishspeaking country, its language radiates around the world. Most countries and national
governments grant English a special status in its schools. The internet has helped
spread the language across the globe and anyone who wishes to enter politics or the
business world must learn it. This preeminence has given English a powerful asset but it
has also created problems. More and more people speak it but not only do they learn it,
they also use it alongside their own native language, and as a result, we slowly see the
emergence of new ‘‘Englishes’’ around the world. Not only does English lose its
privileged status among speakers, it is becoming less and less like English and more
and more like a new form of communication. Is the use of foreign words in English a
step forward? Does it endanger the language? Many would believe so. English must
remain what it is today and avoid falling into the trappings of ‘‘cuteness’’ and ‘‘coolness’’
that seems to permeate it....
The first time I read a book in English, and honestly a book in general, was in 5th grade. I grew up in the Republic of Georgia, went to a public school for most of my first four years, with teachers that didn’t really care if I paid attention or really, if I was there at all. It was hard for me to care when they didn’t seem to, I wasn’t motivated to do anything, and in fact it would be accurate to say that in those first four years, I didn’t learn anything. Finally, with about three months left in my fourth year, my parents talked to me about transferring to an English speaking school; I spoke English but could barely read or write. The whole thing seemed to be a daunting prospect but we decided that it would be for the best; and so, it was that in April of 2008, I transfered. This school was essentially perfect for me, it helped me get to a point where I wanted to read and so I did. When I opened up that first book, a whole world of possibilities opened up with it; a world which I would never willingly give up. I was only at this school for about a year before I moved again, beginning a long process of moving from school to school, jumping from place to place. Moving around, from country to country, was hard, but not so intimidating because I knew that the English language would always be there; that it would be my rock in a churning sea that would never stand still. That is...
...Reformation gave voice to those dissatisfied with the established Church. Both brought forth other consequences, however: the genocide of native populations by rapacious European conquerors and the open religious warfare, which resulted in the wholesale slaughter of both Catholics and Protestants, that plagued the Low Countries, France and England throughout the period were results of these ostensible developments.
• The Renaissance saw English poetry reach its zenith. Many scholars of English literature concede that English poetry had not seen and has yet to see another period like that which lasted roughly from the mid 16th to the late 17th century. The history of Renaissance English poetry begins with Richard Tottel's 1557 publication of "Songes and Sonettes," which contained work by the early English sonneteers Sir Thomas Wyatt and Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey; it more or less ends in 1667, when John Milton published the first edition of his epic poem "Paradise Lost." In the 110 years between these two dates, many great English poets, including Edmund Spenser, Ben Jonson, John Donne, George Herbert, Richard Crashaw, Thomas Carew, Robert Herrick and Andrew Marvell, wrote their major works.
Many people underestimate the significance of a father in a child’s life. The father has some of the most prevalent influences on a child, especially while the child is young. A child’s happiness while growing up is largely influenced by the type of father he has and the relationship they bare. Some children will end up resenting their father more than anything because their father fails to really get to know them. On the other hand, some children will have such a close bond with their father that they have trouble letting go. There are many different qualities or personalities traits that can make a dad a “bad father” or prevent him from truly understanding and appreciating his children. Both Chinua Achebe’s book Things Fall Apart and Shakespeare’s play The Merchant of Venice give impeccable examples of fathers failing to know their children. In these literary selections, the three things that interfere with the fathers' relationships with his children are being overly protective and extra restrictive, being neglectful and selfish, and setting impossible and unrealistic expectations.
The first example of how fathers can sometimes fail to know their child is in The Merchant of Venice involving Jessica and her father Shylock. The reason why he fails to really know her is because Shylock is very protective over Jessica and wants to have complete control over her. Not only does Shylock have his priorities wrong, but according to Jessica he also creates a home...
‘Although Macbeth was written more than 400 years ago, it is still worth studying today because of its timeless themes, exciting plot, strong characters and vivid language.’
William Shakespeare's works have been around for more than 400 years, and even though his words may be old, they are still works of literary art that have aided the study of English students around the globe. An example of a play would be the infamous Macbeth that uses timeless themes, a climatic storyline, in depth characters and the poetic use of the English language to captivate his audience both in the past and present times alike.
Macbeth is worth studying today as the play analyses how other outside forces can easily change the path of ones desires and decisions. The witches’ intrusion, Lady Macbeth’s decisions all affect Macbeth greatly. He goes from being praised as a noble soldier to a traitor and corrupt king. In the play, Macbeth commits many terrible crimes, however he is not solely responsible for them all. These outside factors manipulate his decisions and are responsible for his downfall at the end. Much alike in the present, the many hardships and adversity faced by those can change the choices and aspirations we hope for revealing the timeless themes within the play.
There are many other timeless themes evident as the play portrays the idea of blind ambition, corruption of power and the deceiving appearances depicted by the characters. The...
...monosyllabic words such as the preposition ‘in’ is simplistic language which is feature of informal text. The extract needs to be informal and uncomplicated as the instructions are for people struggling with a problem.
The third reason extracts C, D and E are grouped is because they are all wrote in Standard English. The extract C is written in Standard English as it was written in 1912; therefore its structure is formal and dated. It was written as a dairy like account but for a legal audience so no slag words would be used as the person was speaking to someone trying to find out what had happened with the titanic. Also again like the reason of the formality the extract was written in Standard English as people in 1912 were much more educated than now in our modern day. Extract D is written in Standard English because of its audience. It is aimed at an older audience and we know this with the words such as the noun ‘love’ and the modifier ‘pleasurable’ show the semantic field of romance. Extract E is written in Standard English as it has to be clear to instruct people on how to complete the task of downloading the windows program. It has to be wrote in standard English as it has to be simple and not confuse the audience as they need to be informed clearly with the imperatives it uses such as ‘Insert setup disk 1’.
I chose to group the extracts A, B and F as they have the same mode,...
...Aline Estefanía Aguilar González
Lic. Mary Williams
The Adventure of English 500 to 2000 Essay
“Isn´t it funny how day by day nothing changes but when we look back everything is different?” said the famous poet C.S. Lewis. Things move slowly but relentlessly. Every single day new changes happen and even when we cannot notice them, they make the greatest differences within time. Languages are not an exception.
Can we think of a future in which people will develop brand new tongues that we cannot even foresee? Would it be possible to imagine a former human society that did not know about the existence of the world´s most widely used languages nowadays? If not, we just need to take a look in our everyday ways of communicating: We learn a word in a new language; we use it in our mother tongue sentences; it becomes popular or easier to use; it gets accepted by the dictionary, and bam! The mixture of languages is ready!
I do not have to do long research to come up with an example of this; we have one in our everyday language: the famous “Spanglish”. Even when it is not a language per-se, it would not be completely ludicrous to think that in a near future this mixture will contribute to the creation of a new language.
The particular case of the English is not very different. It has been evolving throughout the years and when one speaks it, we do not really realize that it carries a great story within; it is also the result of...