Tragedy
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Prepare: Prior to completing this discussion, you will need to read Shakespeare’s Macbeth from Appendix B of the Journey into Literature.

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Reflect: Macbeth is often considered one of literature’s greatest tragedies, not only because of Macbeth’s tragic fall from grace, but because of how the play relates to human nature and the conflicts inherent in human nature. Think of what kinds of conflicts you saw in Macbeth. Consider what literary techniques helped convey the conflict.

Write Icon Write: Your initial post must be 200 to 300 words in length and posted by Day 3. In your initial post, please do the following:

  • Identify a conflict that you see present in Macbeth (please refer to the list of conflicts).
  • Respond to one of the following and provide specific textual examples:
    • Describe a key conflict in the play and how it corresponds to a character’s development.
    • Describe two key literary techniques and elements of drama that aid in developing the conflict.
    • Explain how the conflict identified in the play relates to human nature and the human condition.
Discuss Icon Respond to Peers: Respond to at least two of your classmates’ initial posts. Each response should be at least 75 words in length and should address two or more of the following points:

  • Do you agree with your classmates’ perspectives? Why, or why not? Be specific.
  • Ask a specific question to encourage further discussion on the topic.
  • Challenge your classmates’ interpretation of literature and/or point of view.
  • Do a small amount of research and share what you learn with your peers on the topic discussed in this post.
 
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