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Macbeth Act 3.4 - Mini Socratic Seminar Prep Doc

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DIRECTIONS

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  • There are 6 questions posted below. Each question centers around one of the contrast options for this unit’s final essay.
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  • EVERYONE must answer question 1
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  • You will pick TWO additional question to answer = 3 answers total. All answers need accompanying evidence
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  • We’re specifically referencing Act 3, Scene 4 in class today, but you may also use evidence from elsewhere in the play or the video to support your answers if you’d like.
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  • You are ONLY answering questions. You ARE NOT responding to one another.
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EVERYONE MUST ANSWER THIS QUESTION

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Q1- Ghost or No Ghost? (Supernatural vs. Natural)

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Every time Macbeth is performed, the director must make a decision whether or not to leave it to the audience’s imagination. The “appearance” of Banquo’s ghost also gives much opportunity for dramatic irony (discussed in yesterday’s class), and there are several points where the audience is more aware of what’s happening than the characters are, and at the end he vows to again visit the witches to Make and argument, is the ghost real or a figment of Macbeth’s guilty imagination? How would you stage this scene (ghost or no ghost) and why?

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Choose and answer at least TWO additional question from the options below:

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Q2 - Another visit to the Witches (Fate vs. Free Will)

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After the lords leave, Macbeth broods on murder and unnaturalness. He vows to visit the Witches to know his future, swearing that from now on there is no turning back. He will kill anyone standing in his way. Why would he visit the witches again if he’d already made up his mind about maintaining his role as king? Is Macbeth a helpless victim of fate? Or, is he completely in control, and therefore responsible for his actions?

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Q3 - Guilty and guiltier? (Ambition vs. Morality)

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Some people argue that Lady Macbeth is morally less defensible than her husband. Others argue that Macbeth is the guiltier of the two. Which is true? Use evidence that is no more than 5 words long to support your answer.

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Q4 - The Humble Host? (Appearance vs. Reality)

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False and deceptive behavior recurs throughout the play contributing to the theme of appearance vs. reality. In Act 3.4, Macbeth avoids naming the deed (murder). Instead he uses euphemisms (e.g., dispatched, safe, etc.) in his conversation with the murderers. Describe how those euphemisms relate to/build the theme of appearance vs. reality. How might the scene be different if he hadn’t used euphemisms?

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Q5 - “O proper stuff!” (Female vs. Male)

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Lady Macbeth ridicules and insults Macbeth in an attempt to get him to come to his senses. Out loud, read lines 60-8 to yourself with as much disgust as possible. Take note of her short sentences, rhetorical question, and references to horror stories told by old women. What do you think is the most devastating aspect of her outburst? What effect do you think it has on Macbeth?

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Q6 - Murder and Treason! (Honor vs. Treachery)

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Macbeth commits treason when he murders Duncan. What is the significance of this play taking place in a time of war? Would Macbeth have gained power if it were not in a time of war? Explain.

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This is the video from beginning of class for reference:

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DMU Timestamp: November 04, 2020 17:29

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