Macbeth Reflective Essay

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Through the first semester of Mr. McGee’s senior English A, class there have been many texts that I have learned about. All of these texts have been influential, and a major part of my education, there has never been a text that I haven’t appreciated, no matter how many annotations there were. There were many authors like, Shakespeare, Chaucer and Swift. Through each of the pieces of literature we covered there were more and more lessons learned through each one and no matter how well I did on the test I always know that by the end of the text that I benefitted from themes and ideas that were beautifully displayed to me and I will never forget them and how important they are. There are many others, but are only two I will focus on. I will …show more content…
Macbeth is a play about a man that lives in Scotland named Macbeth, who is an honorable man and warrior and is also the thane of Glamis. He starts the play by winning a battle for King Duncan, his ruler, who he is extremely loyal to. After winning this battle, he is promoted to Thane of Cawdor. After this he is told a prophecy by three witches, which states that he would become Thane of Glamis, to Thane of Cawdor, and lastly the King of Scotland. He became shocked by this, and told his wife, she being a woman of course, poisoned his thoughts and made him commit a terrible crime, by murdering the King. This leads to a very complex and destructive power struggle by Macbeth. He is now the new King and Duncan 's heir ran away to England so there is no one to question his reign, but slowly madness will seep into his brain and ruin him. He demands a new prophecy and gets it, but he should never have asked for it. He learns that his best friends family line will take the kingdom and this drives him to kill his best friend and almost his best friends son Fleance. Then later in an ultimate battle is killed by a man named MacDuff, who is a loop hole to the prophecy saying that Macbeth can never be killed by a man born of a woman, but Macduff was ripped from his mother 's womb when born. Macduff kills Macbeth and Fleance becomes King. The most …show more content…
McGee’s senior English A class. I chose these because of their affect on me as a student and an individual, other than that, I enjoyed the stories each of them told. How could anyone forget about Gulliver meeting the Lilliputians and taking on an entire fleet by himself and destroying it, or urinating on the Lilliputian Palace to put a fire out. Also the Plays Macbeth and Hamlet will both be remembered through time because of their themes and the stories they told, because no one will forget the to be or not to be soliloquy by Hamlet or Macbeth’s horrible deeds to become King and the things he did to keep his Kingship. The biggest comparison through these three texts is the theme of insanity and madness, Gulliver was insane and made up tiny people and a fantasy world, Macbeth was driven mad by both his wife and his fear of losing his power and was driven to the edge, lastly Hamlet with his antic disposition, which at the beginning was fake, but by the end may have twisted his mind further than he imagined and ultimately killed him as he drew to deep into his feigned insanity. There were so many other texts to choose from, and they are all great, but these three taught me more than just about a story or book, but a lesson about life and what can happen, because madness even if not real can make you insane and you will eventually see little

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