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six basic elements of a tragedy

-plot making
-character delineation
-thought and language
-speech; soliloquies, thought and language
-song: chants, chorus, action and purpose of play
-spectacle: ridiculously over the top

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Writer of a tragedy...

Imitates a serious and complete action of a certain magnitude

3

Organic parts of a plot

-reversal of a situation
-recognition: ignorance to knowledge
-pathos

4

6 stages of plot development

Exposition-background, setting, main characters
Exciting Force-catalyst
Rising Action- base of the plot, details
Climax- turning point for the main character
Falling Action- downward spiral
Catastrophe- tragic end that is a spectacle

5

The general Greek chorus

-group of 12-15 boys or men
-unpaid
-honor and civic duty
-trained and costumed

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Functions of the Greek chorus

-linked audience and actors
-the ideal spectator
-tension relief
-reflected on events, pondered future events and asked questions
-advised central characters
-conscience of the people, ethical perception
-est. pacing of the play, points out important moments
-participate
-interacts with characters

7

Setting

Scotland, at war with Norway

8

Great Chain of Being

everything has order
God
Angels
Spirits
Man
Animals
Plants
Inorganic Matter
Chaos

9

Elizabethan view of man

King or Queen
Nobility
Knights
Gentlemen
Professions/trades
Peasants

10

Macbeth Great Chain

God
Angels
Witches
Duncan-King
Malcolm
Other nobles (Macbeth, Macduff, Banquo)
Knights
Gentleman
Peasants
Animals
Inorganic Matter

11

Macbeth's three prophecies

Thane of Glamus
Thane of Cawdor
King

12

Act I, i.

-Exposition
-Witches appear in storm
-Plan to meet again, and confront Macbeth

13

Act I, ii.

-exposition
-Macbeth seen as valiant in battle
-slays Macdonwald
-Duncan wants Macbeth as Thane of Cawdor

14

Act I, iii.

-exposition
-Macbeth echoes foul is fair
-receives three prophecies
-second prophecy comes true

15

Act I, iv.

-rising action
-Malcolm appointed Duncan's successor
-thane of Cawdor executed
-Duncan is going to Macbeth's castle

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Act I, v.

-Rising action
-lady Macbeths singleness of purpose seen
-soliloquy
-tries to convince him to do whatever's necessary

17

Act I, vi.

-rising action
-Duncan comes to Macbeths castle
-Duncan thanks lady Macbeth for her hospitality

18

Act I, vii.

-rising action
-Macbeth falters, lady Macbeth strengthens him
-he has no reason to kill king except his own ambition, not reliable
-lady Macbeth constructs plan

19

Act II, i.

-Macbeth has vision of the floating dagger
-Macbeth kills Duncan

20

Act II, ii.

-Macbeth is shaken by murder
-could not say amen
-forgot to frame the knights

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Act II, iii.

COMIC RELIEF
-porter scene
-drunk, gates of hell

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Act II, iv.

-Macbeth becomes king
-Malcolm and donalbain plan on fleeing
-Malcolm England
-donalbain Ireland