Keystone Alert Mon, November 18, 2013 Macbeth Act 4 Key Learning: How can we question the text to know Shakespeare’s meaning? Key Terms: juxtaposition of contrast, foil, plot events, characterization, dialogue, soliloquy, monologue, aside, irony, foreshadowing, inference, pun, poetic justice
Bellringer Activity… Get out your Act 4 script for Macbeth. Skim and scan Act 4 and write down answers for the following questions: What is the setting? What characters are in the scene? How many apparitions appear in the scene? Name each one.
What is the setting? What characters are in the scene? How many apparitions appear in the scene? Name each one. A Cave 3 witches, Macbeth, apparitions, Lennox 3— 1st—Armed Head 2nd—Bloody Child 3rd—holding tree branch
Act 4: Three Scenes • Things to Notice… • Shortest Act • Clarifies Macduff as Macbeth’s Foil • Shows the witches’ “false security” plan for Macbeth • Shows Macbeth’s deterioration and total descent into evil and cruelty.
Act Four, Scene 1 • Plot summary: Macbeth seeks out the witches, and the witches prophesy further but leave out details to set up Macbeth with “false security” through the apparitions (see handout) • Then, Lennox tells Macbeth that Macduff is raising an army against him.
Keystone Alert • Irony: • “By the ____________________ of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.” Line: ______ • Why is this ironic? (irony: when something is the opposite of what you would expect)
Keystone Alert • Imagery: • The show of eight kings; ends with Banquo holding glass (glass = mirror) • Line:_____ • Discuss in class the Meaning:
Keystone Alert • Foil: a character who is presented as a contrast to a second character so as to point to or show to advantage some aspect of the second character. • Who is emerging as Macbeth’s Foil in this scene? • How do you know? (Evidence)
Keystone Alert Tues, November 19, 2013 Macbeth Act 4 Key Learning: How can we question the text to know Shakespeare’s meaning? Key Terms: juxtaposition of contrast, foil, plot events, characterization, dialogue, soliloquy, monologue, aside, irony, foreshadowing, inference, pun, poetic justice
Bellringer Activity… Competition for Bonus Points… You must work with the team that you are assigned. List in order the three apparitions that appear to Macbeth in Act 4, scene 1. Identify what each apparition tells Macbeth, and why it makes him feel safe from Macduff.
Scene 2—Macduff’s castle Plot summary: Assassins surprise and kill Macduff’s family at their castle.
Keystone Alert • Verbal irony: • Lady Macduff’s speech with her son
Keystone Alert • Pathos: • Great feeling. How has Shakespeare set this scene up with great pathos, so the audience feels strong emotion?
Juxtaposition of Contrast: the powerful effect of two very different images Placed side-by-side A touching “mother-child” scene; the innocence and playfulness of the dialogue between them; the mother’s worry that they are unprotected. The brutal murder by the assassins that Macbeth has sent to kill Macduff’s family.
Significant Quote Search! On your handout, read the criteria for a “significant” quote. Try to find at least 2 in Act 4. Bonus point for each additional quote that you find, up to 5. (only if it appropriately significant, and you explain why it is significant.
Macbeth Museum Creative Project: 50 points with option to double • Project must fulfill the following: • Include at least 3 related significant quotes from Macbeth • Communicate to the viewer a strongly focused idea about characterization, symbolization, plot, theme, etc. • Should be a kind of art form or “artifact” that could be displayed at the “museum. • All visual elements should be well done and communicate meaning/tone/theme. • .
What are the visual elements of a creative project? How do they communicate to the viewer? Kinds of lettering/font Use of lines and shapes; kinds of lines and shapes Colors used Use of light and shadows/shading Matting and Mounting of words and images
You must include a process sheet that details the following: • steps that you have taken to complete your project, • what you have hoped to communicate to the viewer about the play, • the challenges you faced doing the project and how you overcame them, and • your feelings about the effectiveness of the outcome. Bonus if done: on 5-10 power point slides that include photos of your project in process and final project.
Recommended: Create a Macbeth Prop Box—transform a shoebox into a display for an “artifact”—an object related to the play Macbeth. Include a three dimensional object or objects, three related quotations, and an explanation of how the object is significant to the play and its themes and/or characters. Use colors and textures to reinforce the thematic elements and tone.
Other options… Graphic Design/Comic book…trace a character’s transformation throughout Macbeth with one “comic book” page from each act of the play. ..4-5 total. Each page should show a significant plot event related to the character that shows how s/he was at the beginning of the play, and how s/he changes throughout the play. Each page must include a significant quote from the novel that reveals characterization.
Macbeth: Quality Cartoon Quote Posters Draw 3-5 cartoon illustrations that feature a significant quote from Macbeth. Make sure that the quote is written in large, attention-getting letters that communicate the idea of the quote. Make sure that all visual elements are consistent with the meaning and context of the quote.
The Journal of Lady Macbeth’s servant: Show 2 entries for each Act of the play. In each entry, depict significant plot events and character changes from the point of view of the servant.
Film: Write 5 monologues that demonstrate the feelings of 5 different characters in the play. Have your monologues linked by a common theme that is evident in each: Example: Regrets, the High Price of Ambition, Voices from the Servants Hall, For each monologue, have the character in costume. Film in a way that communicates the mood and tone of the scene.
Macbeth Museum Prop Object Brainstorm! How many objects can you think of that are related to the play in some significant way?
Writing Tip for the Day: Always lead your reader into a Quote---don’t whack your reader with a quote!
It gives me pride to know that I helped our team and make my parents proud when I score a run or send a ball to the outfield. “America has rolled by like and army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But Baseball has marked the time. This field, this game is part of our past.” (Terrence Man- James Earl Jones- “Field of Dreams”).
Use a transition to lead into a quote and let your reader know its significance… It gives me pride to know that I helped our team and make my parents proud when I score a run or send a ball to the outfield. I am reminded of the importance of baseball, not just for me, but for all of us, by the thought I heard in the movie, Field of Dreams, “America has rolled by like and army of steamrollers.