Review of Week 3

In this video, Neil looks back at some interesting talking points from this week.

Neil talks about discussions started by Lubna Haidar, and Dale Jones before discussing some of the differences between the historical Macbeth and Shakepeare’s version. You can find out more about the real Macbeth here and here and a detailed description of Shakespeare’s sources here. For an excellent analysis of the character of Lady Macbeth, try this article from The British Library. He also spoke about Orson Welles’ 1948 film, which you can read more about here. Speaking of films, it’s worth checking Iulia Kelemen’s list here and this article from The Guardian looking at the best film adaptations from around the world.

For interesting discussions on some of the deeper themes of the play, you might like to join in the conversations started by Elena Kalinina and Stephania Thomas.

Check out this long list of Shakespeare idioms that we still use today and finally, read the whole play with a side-by-side translation into modern English here.

Don’t forget to watch our Facebook Live discussion if you haven’t seen it yet - there were some truly excellent questions.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them in the comments below.

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Coming up in Week 4

Next week we’ll look at one of Shakespeare’s best loved comedies, Much Ado About Nothing. If you want to get started straight away, go to the To do list for Week 4.

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Exploring English: Shakespeare

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