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LIFE’S BRIEF CANDLE. WHO IS SHAKESPEARE?. What you need to know:. Background information on Shakespeare. The story of Macbeth and the three witches. Who?. When?. Why?. What?. Setting. Macbeth ‘s Castle 16 th century Scotland Age of military valour. SYNOPSIS.

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Life s brief candle

LIFE’S BRIEF CANDLE

Sawaran Jit Kaur Kolej TDTHB Miri 5.9.08


Who is shakespeare

WHO IS SHAKESPEARE?

Sawaran Jit Kaur Kolej TDTHB Miri 5.9.08


What you need to know

What you need to know:

  • Background information on Shakespeare.

  • The story of Macbeth and the three witches.

Who?

When?

Why?

What?

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Setting

Setting

  • Macbeth ‘s Castle

  • 16 th century

  • Scotland

  • Age of military valour

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Synopsis

SYNOPSIS

Macbeth received news of his wife’s death.

People who worry too much or do not think of death are fools

Makes him reflect on life-short

Looks at life as being meaningless

No time to mourn her death-has many problems

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Life s brief candle

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Interpretation

Interpretation

  • First 3 lines: Time creeps in a dull routine until life ends. ‘Tomorrow’ is personified as a person who walks very slowly.

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Line 4 and 5

Line 4 and 5

  • Our past shows that people have been fools because they forgot that death awaited them at the end of life.

  • When we die, we become dust.

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Line 6 and 7

Line 6 and 7

  • Life is compared to a shadow. It is empty. Life is also compared to a poor actor who is forgotten the moment he gets down the stage.

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Line 8 and 9

Line 8 and 9

  • Life is a story related by a fool who makes a lot of noise, but in actual fact, it is about nothing.

  • Life is meaningless.

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Literal meaning

LITERAL MEANING

  • Macbeth received news of his wife death.

    Unhappy, in despair

    Depressed, disillusioned

    No time to be sad.

    Realised life is short

    Become dust and are quickly forgotten when we die

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Figurative meaning

FIGURATIVE MEANING

  • Expresses Macbeth’s feelings about life – like a candle, shines before burning itself out

  • Life’s like a shadow – has no substance – lights comes out – shadow disappears

  • Like an actor –worries about acting but forgotten once off stage

  • Like a story told by an idiot – means nothing

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Life s brief candle

PERSONA

  • Told from King Macbeth’s point of view.

  • Tells how he feels about life

  • Bitter – life is short and meaningless

  • Many problems

  • Life is not worth living

  • Pessimistic point of view

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Life s brief candle

THEME

  • LIFE IS MEANINGLESS AND UNCERTAIN

LIFE IS SHORT AND

CAN END ANYTIME

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Moral values

MORAL VALUES

  • LIFE CAN BE MEANINGFUL

  • LIFE IS WHAT WE MAKE OUT OF IT

  • Make the most of life

  • Have a purpose

  • Do good to others

  • Life will be more meaningful

  • If we do wrong, we will not have any peace of mind.

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Language and style

Language and style

  • Metaphor

  • Figurative language

  • Personification

  • Repetition

  • Alliteration

  • Symbolism

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A tragic play macbeth

A tragic play - Macbeth

  • ACT 5 SCENE 5

  • A SOLILOQUY

www.literature.com.my

Read for extra details

For more details, go

through slides

in the given folder for

your PBL project.

For extra exercises:

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