Review of Week 3

In this video, course educator Neil McLaren looks back over some of the highlights of Week Three and shares some additional resources for you to explore the content, themes, history and language of Macbeth.

Here are links to the comments, discussions and additional resources Neil mentions:
Raquel Varela’s summary of why she feels Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies.
You can find out more about what we know of the real Macbeth here and here, and the famous curse here.
Joan Greenleaf’s links to clips from the film adaptations we discussed.
Here are two critics’ selections of the Best 25 movies adapted from Shakespeare and the best Shakespeare films: a Russian Lear, an Indian Othello … and a Danish Hamlet.
You can find a detailed character study of Lady Macbeth here and read Sergio Fabbri’s Jungian analysis here, as well as a strong argument from Dominique Houdet-Joly that Lady Macbeth has become something of a scapegoat.
Here’s Maria Kollarou’s list of popular idioms from Shakespeare and an even longer list of expressions.
Finally, read the whole play with a side-by-side translation into modern English here.

And don’t forget to register for our live Blab next week! Click here to find out more and subscribe.

Check your progress

You can always use the To do icon at the top of the page to see what’s coming up or go back to previous weeks and catch up.

Once you have completed at least 50% of the steps in the course, you will be eligible to purchase the FutureLearn Statement of Participation. This certificate is a great way to show your interest in improving your English or learning about English history. It can be used as evidence of your engagement in this course as part of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and comes with an online version which you can add to your LinkedIn profile.

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.

If you haven’t completed every step by the end of the final week, don’t worry! The course will remain open to you after the end date so that you can carry on at your own speed.

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Exploring English: Shakespeare

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