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Macbeth BP #2: Macbeth's Flaw / Error in Judgment
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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 establishing Macbeth's fatal flaw(s).
This paragraph should show that Macbeth’s own flaw(s) and/or error(s) in judgment brings about his downfall. It should also describe how/why we experience pity or fear for Macbeth as the reversal of fortune sets in, but also a certain degree of unease as the tragic hero’s actions disturb the cosmic moral order.
1
1 pt
Look over your annotated Key Soliloquies. Then paste a few of your favorite quotes which demonstrate that Macbeth possesses a flaw, or makes an error in judgment--using this doc if that is easier. Things to look for: the quote might demonstrate this flaw or error directly, it might comment on it, or it might be Macbeth struggling with his flaw in some fashion. 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 why the previous quote(s) qualifies as a flaw.
3
1 pt
Look over your annotated Key Soliloquies again. This time, paste several of your favorite quotes which demonstrate that Macbeth experiences a reversal of forune. 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 a reversal of fortune for Macbeth.
5
1 pt
Considering what you wrote in #4, explain how this fall you described was brought about by Macbeth's own flaw or error in judgment. Explain how the flaw or error in judgment you mentioned in #1 & 2 CAUSED the reversal of fortune you discussed in #3 & 4. What is the effect of this reversal to...Macbeth? To those around him and beyond?How has this reversal thrown things out of balance?
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 second body paragraph! But it needs work, obviously. You need:

1. A topic sentence describing Macbeth's flaw or error in judgment.
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 Macbeth's flaw in some memorable way.

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