ENG 2D: Magic and Deception

Before we return to the Scottish play, let’s quickly review what we know so far. In a moment, you will write a detailed paragraph about one of two topics; in order to prepare,  let’s imagine that you have been asked to write an essay about Macbeth;  thus, your real paragraph will be part of a larger, completely fictitious essay.

Choice 1: The role of magic in Macbeth

Imagine that you have already written a paragraph or two about the Witches and their dark prophecies. Now, you turn your attention to Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s predilection for darkness.

Topic Dark magic is not limited to the witches; in fact, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth also invoke darkness.
Point (Make point 1  here)
Evidence Stars, hide your fires;
Let not light see my black and deep desires: (I, iv)
Explain (connect your evidence to point 1)
Point (Make point 2 here)
Evidence Come, thick night,
And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell,
That my keen knife see not the wound it makes,
Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark, (I,v)
Explain (connect your evidence to point 2)

Choice 1: Lies, half-truths, and deception in Macbeth

Imagine that your first paragraphs examine the traitorous Macdonald and the witches’ equivocations. Your next paragraph will focus on Macbeth’s use of deception to hide his true agenda.

Topic Macbeth and Lady Macbeth hide their true selves in order to gain power.
Point (Make point 1  here)
Evidence  look like the innocent flower,
But be the serpent under’t. (I, v)
Explain (connect your evidence to point 1)
Point (Make point 2 here)
Evidence False face must hide what the false heart doth know. (I, vii)
Explain (connect your evidence to point 2)
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