Ambition is a complex human trait. For hundreds of years, literature has been exploring the nature of ambition, and many texts come to a conclusion about its nature–except, the conclusions are often not the same. The Shakespearean play ‘Macbeth’, the poem ‘Ozymandias’ by Percy Bysshe Shelley, the film ‘Gattaca’ directed by Andrew Niccol and ‘The […]

Question: How does Shelley convey the idea of Ozymandias’ hubris in the poem? Shelley conveys the idea of Ozymandias’ hubris in the poem through many techniques, and through this also conveys the idea that sometimes great and powerful things aren’t quite as great and powerful as they seem.  Shelley begins the poem by describing Ozymandias’ […]

Why being short is better than being tall Midget. Munchkin. Fun sized, smurf, reverse giraffe, pip-squeak, and the list goes on. Some people think that these belittling comments will just go right over our heads (hehe), but I am here to call attention to the fact that yes, I am short. I know I am […]

Scene 1 Characters: Doctor, Gentlewoman, Lady Macbeth Location: In the Macbeth castle Time: Overnight Events: A Doctor has been called to the castle by a Gentlewoman who watches over Lady Macbeth at night, because Lady M has been sleepwalking and doing/saying strange things in her sleep. The Doctor and Gentlewoman have been watching for these […]

Planning kind of??: IDEA 1: Shakespeare uses the character of Macbeth and to get across his idea of Dire Ambition and the detrimental effects this can have on people if they have ambition without character or conscience. Macbeth begins the play as a soldier and a good man who has done some outstanding things in […]

Scene 1 Characters: The 3 Witches, Hecate, Macbeth, 3 Apparitions, Lenox Location: A cave Time: Night? Events: The three witches dance around a cauldron, making some evil potion with all kinds of stuff in it. Hecate arrives, and then Macbeth knocks on the door. Macbeth (seeing the cauldron) asks what they are doing, and they […]

Scene 1 Characters: Banquo, Macbeth, Servant, First & Second Murderers, Lady Macbeth, Lenox, Rosse, Lords and Ladies, Attendants. Location: The palace at Forres Time:  Events: Banquo is suspicious that Macbeth killed Duncan, but he says to himself that if the prophecies of the witches have come true for Macbeth then they must come true for Banquo […]

Scene 1 Characters: Banquo, Fleance (his son), Macbeth. Location: A court within the castle. Time: Around 1 in the morning (the day after the big drama in Act 1 scenes 6/7) Events: Banquo can’t sleep. He, his son and Macbeth are all walking around the castle and B and M bump into each other. Banquo […]

Paragraph on a metaphor from Lady Macbeth in Act 1 Scene 5. Lady Macbeth is a character noted for her effective use of metaphors to express her cruel desires. After she receives a message that the King will be visiting her castle, she immediately calls on the witches to “unsex her” and to help her murder […]

Scene 1 Characters: The three witches. Location: A deserted/open place. Thunder and lightning set the scene.  Time: Unknown, but before the end of the battle. Events: The witches are planning to meet Macbeth “upon the heath” after the battle has finished. Quote: “Fair is foul and foul is fair” – paradox. Situations or things appear […]