Friday, May 16, 2014

Supernatural Forces in Macbeth

Do you think a supernatural phenomenon has to be “real” to affect our lives? How might belief in supernatural phenomena influence a person’s behavior or decisions?

1. Paradox Activity

2.View video segment:

What did Shakespeare’s audience believe about witches? How do you think those beliefs affected the way the audience thought about the witches in this play?

3. How do the beliefs described in the segment compare to modern-day ideas about the supernatural?  Identify different beliefs in the supernatural that you have encountered. Some examples may include:

  • Horoscopes
  • ESP
  • Psychics, mediums, and fortune tellers
  • Ghosts
  • Superstitions, such as breaking a mirror or walking under a ladder bringing bad luck
  • Others?
4. Group work: Choose one of the above and answer the below questions in your group.
  • When have you encountered mention of this phenomenon in your life? Have you seen movies or news stories about it, or heard stories from other people about it?
  • Do people believe in this phenomenon today? Is that surprising? If so, why?
  • Why do you think the idea of this phenomenon still has power for people today?

  • Report Out

HW: Act 2 Vocabulary 
Quiz over Act 1 Next Class- study literary terms on the study guide!

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