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    December 2019 - Essay/test for Macbeth

    • In many works of literature, the main character is developed partially through the use of a "foil,' that is, a character who, by providing a strong contrast to the main character, underscores the characteristics of the main character. In a well-organized essay, discuss the ways in which either Banquo or Macduff serves as a foil to Macbeth. Draw evidence from the play to support your assertions. Do not merely summarize.

    • Some readers argue that Macbeth was completely a victim of the Witches' misleading prophecies (and later, of Lady Macbeth's manipulation). Others argue that the Witches and Lady Macbeth simply provided the impetus to Macbeth's carrying out his own desires. In a well-organized essay, discuss which position you consider to be most accurate. Support your points with evidence from the play.

    • Identify two minor characters in Macbeth and explain the various ways they are significant to the plot.

    • Compare and contrast Macbeth’s character trait from King Duncan’s

    • Similarities between Banquo, Macduff, and Macbeth

    • Difference between feminism and masculinity in Macbeth

    • What is the role of ambition in the lives of Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, and Malcolm? What ambitions do they have, and where do their ambitions lead them?

    • What prophecies are given in Macbeth? How are they fulfilled throughout the play?

    • What roles to the witches have in driving the action of the play? Consider their powers to tempt characters to do something to prevent specific outcomes.