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The word cloud below is a compilation of commonly occurring words from Macbeth. The larger the word is, the more often it appears in the text. Make a prediction about Macbeth based on the word cloud. Consider the plot, potentially important characters, and driving conflicts for the tragedy.
Macbeth Day 1
Born:1564 at Stratford-upon-Avon
Married: Anne Hathaway in 1582, had three children
Plays: wrote 37 (About 1.5 per year)
Sonnets: wrote 154
We’d better lie low for awhile.
He was dead as a doornail.
She’s a tower of strength.
I couldn’t sleep a wink.
Wealthy = Benches
Poor = “Groundlings”
(They had to stand in the “pit”)
One thing is said, but another is meant.
A character or reader expects one thing to happen, but something else occurs.
What appears to be true to the character is known to be false to the audience.
Following a serious scene with a lighter, mildly humorous scene
A speech a character makes while alone on stage—reveals thoughts to audience
A speech delivered to a group of listeners who do not speak for the duration
Someone (usually, but not always absent) or an abstract quality is addressed directly by a character
A remark spoken to the audience or another character on stage that can’t be heard by other characters
Controls birth, life, and death
Dramatic work that presents the downfall of a dignified character involved in historically/socially significant events
The main character who comes to a miserable end
A fatal error in judgment or character weakness that leads directly to his/her fall
A character who underscores characteristics of the main one through contradictions
A recurring word, phrase, image, object, idea, or action in a work of literature (functions as a unifying device & often relates directly to one or more themes)
Central idea conveyed by a work of literature; general perception about life or human nature
Purging of emotions or relieving of emotional tensions, especially through art, tragedy/music