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Shakespeare and Macbeth

Learn Shakespeare’s short masterpiece, Macbeth, and realize the effects of evil on the soul of man from a life-giving Catholic perspective.

Total classes: 6

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade

Suggested credit: 1/2 Semester Shakespearian Literature or English. For a full semester add another course. 


Macbeth is Shakespeare’s shortest play – but it is a masterpiece. A study of the effects of evil on the soul of man, Macbeth follows Lord and Lady Macbeth as they give their lives to the forces of darkness, as they hunger for power and control. We see in unforgettable ways the effect this descent into violence and horror has upon Scotland and on the psyches of the villains themselves.


Week 1: Introduction

Week 2: Act One

Week 3: Act Two

Week 4: Act Three

Week 5: Act Four

Week 6: Act Five and Conclusion

Materials and Homework

Course Materials: MacBeth, any notated edition. No Fear Shakespeare is a good online resource for the text and a helpful side-by-side modern paraphrase.

Homework: A close reading of each Act will probably take about an hour per week. Also, plan on occasional quizzes and a final essay.

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