For Prof. Jones


In Modules 1 and 2 we looked at world views that changed over time, seeing the ancient idea of good and bad change to a more-complicated idea of heaven, hell, and an existence after death that gives us the blames and rewards we earn on earth. In the eras we covered, and in our lives today, certain actions were clearly considered blameworthy.

In this assignment, one of your two main papers for the course, your task is to explain what happened in the play from the point of view of three characters:, Banquo, Lady Macbeth and Macbeth himself.

Read the assigned play. Although not required, many students find it helpful to view at least one traditional screen version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.  (The Roman Polanski version, available at most video rental stores in both DVD and VHS formats, is an excellent and very accessible version.) You will find this assignment easier if you both read and view the play, but are not required to do so.

Your task is to write three short essays. In the three essays you will pretend to be each of the three characters listed and write from the point of view of one of these three characters: Banquo, Lady Macbeth and Macbeth. Speaking first as Banquo, then as Lady Macbeth, and finally as Macbeth, explain the events that happen during the play. For example, how might Lady Macbeth describe the killing of the king? What would Banquo know of the event? He was not present at the killing, although he is present before and after the killing. Of course, each character will have different “facts,” different outcomes that deserve blame and different reasons for that blame.

Beware of easy answers: for example, Banquo may see the death of his children as an evil occurrence, but Macbeth may not. Be sure to defend your selection using quotes from the text, personal experience and the video you may have watch. Be sure that the claims made and reasons given are ones that the character would actually use. Additionally, beware of the differences between the video version you may have seen; some video versions may not have captured the entire play. Base your answers on the full text, which you read.

Your three short essays should be combined and submitted as one well written document. Be sure to address all the areas listed in the rubric and review the rubric to familiarize yourself with how your essay will be graded. Your finished essay should be approximately 1500 words, with a minimum of 500 words from the point of view of each of the three characters.

Submit your assignment to the M3: Assignment 2 Dropbox by Wednesday, August 6, 2014.

Assignment 2 Grading Criteria
Maximum Points
Demonstrates command of facts and characters in the story.
Analyzes the points of view for each of three characters and provides support for the claims each character makes.
Discusses multiple points of view for facts, actions and characters within the story.

Organization (12 points): Introduction, Thesis, Transitions and Conclusion 

Usage and Mechanics (12 points): Grammar, Spelling, and Sentence Structure

APA Elements (16 points): Attribution, Paraphrasing, and Quotations

Style (4 points): Audience, Word Choice

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