In Week Five of this course, you will submit a four- to five-page Literary Analysis in response to one of the topics from the approved List of Writing Prompts. This week, you will choose the topic you would like to explore, offer some information on what interests you about this topic, and supply a working thesis and key ideas you would like to develop. Though it might seem early to choose your topic, with only five weeks in the course, it is important to start early to best set yourself up for success.
After reviewing the list of prompts, choose one that you would like to explore. In addition, you should choose a literary work to discuss that relates to your topic of choice. The suggested literary works for each topic are listed beneath each prompt.
Prompt - Most often, literary works have both internal conflict (individual v. self) and external conflict (individual v. individual, society, nature, or technology). Additionally, one can often find that a character's internal conflict is linked to an external one. Choose a text in which both an internal and external conflict are evident to you. How does the external conflict illuminate the internal one? What meaningful parallels or incongruencies do you observe when comparing the two, and what is the significance within the context of the story?
- Macbeth is the chosen story for this prompt -
In your paper,
- Create a detailed introduction that contains a thesis that offers a debatable claim based on one of the prompts on the list.
- Apply critical thought by analyzing the primary source you selected from the approved List of Literary Works. Avoid summary and personal reflection.
- Develop body paragraphs that contain clear topic sentences and examples that support the argument.
- Write a conclusion that reaffirms the thesis statement and includes a summary of the key ideas in essay.
- Apply your knowledge of literary elements and other concepts in your response to the prompt. Reference the list of literary elements found in Week Two of the course and discussion forums.
- Incorporate research from the primary and secondary sources.
The Primary and secondary sources are not set in stone and can be changed accordingly, furthermore i have attached my previous submissions throughout the course of this class as general guidelines they also can be changed if you see fit. This assignment will be checked for plagiarism through a program called Turnitin which is similar to Grammarly's plagiarism detector, anything over 10% is unacceptable for turn in. This paper must be in APA format and roughly 1600 words or more to equal the 4-5 pages needed without counting front and reference page.
Running head: KING MACBETH 1 King Macbeth Matthew J. Struve
English 125: Introduction to Literature Instructor: Theodore Geier
October 10, 2016 LIFE CHOICES 2 -Working Thesis StatementThe conflict portrayed in William Shakespeare?s drama centering around Macbeth shows
us how ones desire for power can supersede ones moral compass internally and lead to many
external conflicts as well. Because of this Macbeth tends to always find himself in some sort of
struggle in his decisions along the way to obtaining the throne
Throughout history, humans have always wanted to be in a place of power. But what
could you or would you do to receive that power? Could you kill your best friend? Would you
cheat your way to the top and cast away your moral compass along the way? If so what would
the consequences be for following this path of ultimate self-destruction just to reach the pinnacle
of power? Macbeth had some of these very same life choices given to him by his hand and lust
for power influenced by the three witches. His wife's greed played a significant role in egging on
Macbeth to do unspeakable things and ultimately play a part in his downfall. We can see
Macbeth's inner turmoil and madness becomes projected outwards with the decisions of what he
can do and what he should do to obtain his kingship and power.
In one of the best William Shakespeare plays Macbeth is the center of conflict throughout
the story. Macbeth's inner Turmoil and wrong choices rip at his soul in his search for power.
Macbeth is often found trying to figure out his best course of action, His desire for the crown
while trying to get over the fact that killing Duncan will get him there. In Scene III of Act I we
can see Macbeth's internal conflict as he says."If chance will have me king, why, chance may LIFE CHOICES 3 crown me, without my stir." (Shakespeare, 2012). This statement lays out for us Macbeth's cruel
reality while he is mulling around the thought of killing King Duncan as the best way to get him
to the crown and all the power that comes with it. The three witches played a massive role in this
as they encourage him to gain many prizes from their predictions. In each step of Macbeth's
story, It truly is a journey to power. Macbeth in his aspirations and desire for great titles and
power, through his wife's cold influences and brash encouragement, get him to kill anyone
standing in the way to the crown. As his brutal and savage journey unfolds around him, we can
see that his desire for power leads him to his destiny. William Shakespeare shows us that being
filled with dark thoughts and acting upon them will lead us down a path of obliteration and
decimation in the end. In Scene VII of Act I ?If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well It
were done quickly: if the assassination could trammel up the consequence, and catch with his
surcease success; that but this blow might be the be-all and the end-all here, but here, upon this
bank and shoal of time, we'ld jump the life to come.? (Shakespeare, 2012). We are shown
Macbeth's objectives laid out before him and his determination along the way.
We see Macbeth in Act II faced with many external conflicts that start to wear on his
mind as he moves further into madness, when Macbeth is challenge by Banquo in the dark he
greets him as friend and is asked by Banquo if he still thought of the witch?s predictions. Here
we can see just how far Macbeth is truly willing to go by lying to his best friend in saying ?I
think not of them.? Even though he has already begun plotting and planning accordingly around
the predictions he has heard. Another external conflict that we can see in Macbeth is waiting for
Lady Macbeth to give the signal of the bell as the go ahead with their plan to murder King
Duncan. Although his mind doesn?t agree with the plan to kill him his body finally yields and he
goes through with it. As he makes his way past the drugged guard he could not bring himself to LIFE CHOICES 4 say ?Amen!? with the sleeping guards at this point he has readied his mind and continues past
the guards to finish the plot. Just before King Duncan is murdered Macbeth must endure his
greatest external conflict of all he has to call on all his previous battle experience and give King
Duncan a fatal blow in which he has successfully overcome this conflict or so he thought. After
hearing the alarm Macbeth must quickly choose a course of action to solidify his place in the
world as a viable person for the throne, he does this by going into a convincing rage and killing
the two guards that were supposed to be protecting the king he was able to flawlessly pull this
After Act III Macbeth?s ambition is pushed way beyond its limits because now that his
predictions have come true he starts to worry about Banquo?s heirs inheriting the throne.
Macbeth sends some murderers to kill Banquo and his son Fleance flees before they can kill him
as well. After hearing about the failed attempt to kill Fleance Macbeth starts to lose his mind
more and more and begins to show his true craziness. During Macbeth?s lack of clarity or mental
fortitude he once again returns to the three witches to find out about his future again and he finds
out that Banquo?s heirs will still be able to inherit the throne unless he can stop Macduff from
winning the battle.
Macbeth?s struggle can be seen at any point in time during history as it is a major part of
our true nature as humans, as long as we are being honest with ourselves and everyone else. We
all struggle at some point in our lives to overcome very tough situations or choosing between
what we know is right and what is wrong. Macbeth?s quest for power caused him to have
significant inner turmoil and eventually turn to madness ultimately sending him to his downfall,
Macbeth not only fed by his own greed but the greed of his wife as well took him down this
fateful path to murder a friend. It is human nature to want something better and ever though he LIFE CHOICES 5 was in a very suitable spot he took it upon himself on the words of three witches that he was
destined for more. The overall morale of this story is to not let your greed instincts take over the
reality that you live in. References
Shakespeare, W. (2014). The Tragedy of Macbeth. In Clugston, R. W., Journey into Literature
(2nd ed). [Electronic version] Retrieved from https://content.ashford.edu (Original work
McGuinness, F. (2015). Madness and magic: Shakespeare's Macbeth. Irish University Review: A
Journal Of Irish Studies,
Ghanooni, A. R. (2014). A cross-cultural study of metaphoric imagery in Shakespeare's Macbeth.
Translation & Interpreting Studies: The Journal Of The American Translation & Interpreting
Studies Association, LIFE CHOICES 6
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