Seniors: Freud’s own words on Macbeth

Today we took everything we’ve learned about Freud and our knowledge of Macbeth/Lady Macbeth and put it all together. In small groups we read this article by Sigmund Freud on Macbeth and answered the following question:

Think about what you know of Freud’s psychological theories. How does he use them to analyze Macbeth/Lady Macbeth and what conclusions does he draw?

Students (should have) looked back in their notes about Freud and seen how he applies he theories to the text. After, we wrote on the board observations we made, which a number of people in the class took pictures of. If you need one, ask around.

Remember, your response papers are due Tuesday. I handed out a couple of examples in class. Here’s one of them: Macbeth response paper. I’ll put up more of an explanation of what I’m looking for this weekend. Remember, anything we’ve discussed (or that you’ve written in class) is fair game to be polished up and given to me.

Basically, your response paper should do the following:
-Explore an idea about the primary text further than we have in class
-Use a quote or two from any of the texts we’ve looked at in class
-Type it up, check your spelling and grammar. It should be 1.5 to 2 pages in length (double spaced)
-The tone doesn’t have to be super formal (for example, you can use “I” and “you”) but should still be considered academic writing

Here are some excellent quotes from previous Macbeth response papers that show a range of thoughts, styles and ideas:


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