Macbeth BP #3: Anagnorisis & Catharsis
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by Sean Bird
| 6 Questions
Note from the author:
This is part of a series (of 4) I put together to scaffold the writting process for my struggling writers. The prompt is stated at the top of each Formative in the series. This Formative walks them through writing the first Body Paragraph describing the effect Macbeth's Tragic Hero arc has upon the reader (catharsis).
This paragraph should deal with Macbeth’s final moments--when he comes to have that anagnorisis, how does he feel in this moment? How does the reader feel here and also with Macbeth’s death? In what way do we pity his life? If we felt pity/empathy for him, how is the catharsis meant to make the reader feel? Do we also feel relief at his death? Why?
1
1 pt
Look over your annotated Key Soliloquies. Then paste a few of your favorite quotes which demonstrate that Macbeth comes to recognize that it has been his own actions which has caused his reversal of fortune--using this doc if that is easier. Things to look for: the quote might show this realization directly, it might comment on it. Be sure to include proper citation for each one to make your life easier later (ie, Act 1, Scene 2, Line 30 = 1.2.30).
2
1 pt
Looking at the quotes you pasted into Question 1, think about what they have in common. Explain how the previous quote(s) show Macbeth has had a realization? Is the moment of realization significant for any other reasons?
3
1 pt
Look over your annotated Key Soliloquies again. This time, paste several of your favorite quotes which demonstrate that the moral order has been restored and Macbeth has paid the penalty for his actions. Once again, use this doc if that is easier for you. Be sure to include proper citation for each one to make your life easier later (ie, Act 1, Scene 2, Line 30 = 1.2.30).
4
1 pt
Looking at the quotes you pasted into Question 3, think about what they have in common. Explain how the previous quotes demonstrate that order has been restored and in what way...what has been restored?
5
1 pt
Considering what you wrote in #4 about how his death has restored things....Also consider that Macbeth's death is more complicated than that...

How does the reader feel about Macbeth's death? (It's complicated, I know...explain this complication). In what way does the reader feel relief at Macbeth's punishment? In what way does the reader feel pity for his death? How is it possible for the reader feel both relief AND pity?
6
1 pt
Time to assemble what we have to far and to clean it up. Copy-paste your favorite quotes from #1, then your response to #2 below. Then copy-paste your favorite quotes from #3, then your response to #4 after that. Then copy-paste your response to #5. Re-read what you have. At this point you have the beginnins of your third body paragraph! But it needs work, obviously. You need:

1. A topic sentence describing Macbeth's final moments--his realizations and what his death really means.
2. Those quotes are just dropped in there naked and quivering! They need clothes! You need to weave the quotations by giving context and connecting them. I can help you with this! (Don't forget to leave the citation(s); you can separate multiple ones with a semi-colon...ex: 1.3.35; 2.1.45-58).
3. You need transitions between these blobs of text you pasted in...use transitional phrases to show how your ideas are connected--ESPECIALLY between your first chunk and the second.
4. You should end by stating what you have proven...find a way to encapsulate the importance of Macbeth's death in some memorable way.

Do all of those things and you'll have a pretty uh-mazing Body Paragraph.
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