But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. James 1:14-15 (KJV)
I just had a sad thought. If my dd16 continues in our TBG Community until she graduates, I will only have the privilege of doing 5 more Shakespeare plays with her. I can’t believe that. So now I have to decide which 5 that we haven’t already done…decisions, decisions. We just finished the amazing tragedy Macbeth so I will share some of what I found helpful.
1. Top resource – Shakespeare’s Macbeth by Leland Ryken
This was for me, the teacher. Scene by scene, Ryken guides and explains the play. This play had my students looking up lots of Biblical passages. For students that are only accustomed to a happy/clean Bible knowledge, Macbeth is baptism by fire into sin and the nature of man. Ryken’s guide helped me direct them.
2. The 32 Second Macbeth
Fun opening activity, starring the moms and older students. They finally got it after the 3rd try.
3. Jerram Barrs lecture – Shakespeare – A Christian Worldview?
I had the high schoolers in our community listen to this as it features Macbeth. And it’s Jerram.
5. William Shakespeare’s Macbeth by Bruce Coville
I recommend Coville’s picture book retellings to begin many of Shakespeare’s plays.
6. “The Way of Reason” by Charlotte Mason – Volume 6, p. 140
Never have we had such a clear example of the problem with reason. If
you are looking for a good example of why and how reason is so very
fallible, Macbeth delivers. Share this passage with your
students after you’ve experienced Macbeth.
7. As always, we used the Folger editions for our text and Arkangel Shakespeare for the dramatized audio.
I read somewhere where the poetry is so beautiful in Macbeth that you want to read it slowly (we did) and you might miss it if you are viewing it only. OTOH, if you are reading it, you will miss the exciting battle scenes. For this play, I showed clips from the Orson Welles (1948) production.
The tragedy of Macbeth is a long journey that thankfully culminates with the triumph of grace for Malcolm and Scotland. It is interesting that Charlotte Mason often started her students with this play. It’s not for the faint of heart.
Comfort and joy,
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