…to the sticking place and you’ll not fail!
You now need the courage of your convictions to respond to one of the following essay topics:
‘Macbeth is a tragic hero in that there is more to pity than detest in him.’ Discuss.
Women are the most powerful characters in the play and the catalyst to all of Macbeth’s crimes.’ To what extent do you agree?
‘Fair is foul and foul is fair is an equivocation that helps us to understand the destruction of Macbeth.’ Discuss
Consider where you stand on the following controversial statements to get your brain warmed up and your arguments sharpened. They should get you thinking about the extent to which you agree (crucial thinking steps to take before committing to a position and presenting your main contention and supporting arguments).
- Macbeth lacks the courage and strength of character to make a clear decision.
- Macbeth’s ambition is ill-founded.
- Lady Macbeth knows Macbeth better than she knows herself.
- Macbeth learns nothing in the course of the play.
- Macbeth is too easily led by others.
- Lady Macbeth has more of the ‘milk of human kindness’ than Macbeth.
- The audience is never in any doubt as to who is evil in this play.
- Lady Macbeth is more frightening than Macbeth and the ultimate ‘fair is foul’
- Lady Macbeth’s desire for control is her own fatal flaw.
- Women are responsible for the bad things that happen to men in this play.
- Fate appears to have the final say in the play. Free will plays no part.
- Macbeth learns to act without thinking in order to act in his own interests.
- The play is about what it means to know oneself.