Critical Lens Literature Review. Period Eight. Macbeth , by William Shakespeare.
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Macbeth (fierce warrior, both pro and ant, loves his wife but is controlled by her, easily tempted), Lady Macbeth (controlling, very selfish, mentally unstable), Duncan (king, Macbeth kills him in order to become King), Macduff (born by c-section, kills Macbeth as revenge for his family’s deaths and Duncan’s murder), Banquo (Macbeth’s best friend, killed by three homeless “assassins;” B knew about Macbeth’s evildoing)
Imagery: blood and violence, darkness and light, evil animals
Irony: (dramatic) we know the witches are telling Macbeth what will happen, we know that M killed Duncan, (regular irony) M’s friends take over the castle, the forest doesn’t really move, Macduff was born by c-section
Foreshadowing: the witches predictions/warnings
Conflict: external, Montagues (Romeo) vs. Capulets (Juliet), Romeo vs. Tybalt, Romeo & Juliet vs. their families; internal, Romeo v. himself and Juliet v. herself
Irony: Romeo and Juliet’s deaths
Foreshadowing: The deaths are foreshadowed
Abigail Williams (antagonist), John Proctor (protagonist), the girls (with Abigail), Elizabeth Proctor
Plot: Abigail Williams wants to get rid of E.P. in order to get John for herself, but gets accused of witchcraft. She accuses others to get out of trouble, and the Trials begin. John Proctor tries to stop the trials, but is unsuccessful. He is finally accused and is hanged. He sacrifices himself to save others.
Theme: People can be conniving, but there are still people who stand up for what is right.
Setting: Salem, Mass., 1692
George (short and intelligent), Lenny (slow and very big); Curly’s wife (flirtatious, good-looking and knows it), Curly (overworks his employees, mean, arrogant)
Setting: the Great Depression, California
At the beginning of the story, they are run out of town because Lenny touched a girl’s dress; they have the American dream—to own a piece of land for themselves; Lenny has a tendency to make inappropriate mistakes—he kills Curly’s wife by accident; they run away and George kills Lenny so he doesn’t suffer or get in trouble (it’s better than allowing him to be murdered slowly)
Foreshadowing: Curly’s wife’s death (Lenny accidentally kills mice and a puppy, he crushes Curly’s hand)