Lesson2- ambition

Lesson 2: ambition
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Lesson 2: ambition

Slide 1 - Tekstslide

Lesson topics
How does Shakespeare use the problem of ambition in his plays?
- MacBeth: good and evil, choices in life
- Julius Caesar: when a bad deed is for the good

Slide 2 - Tekstslide

Define ‘Ambition’. What does ambition look like?

Slide 3 - Woordweb

What are your ambitions?

Slide 4 - Woordweb

Listen to the song on the next slide

You can read along with the lyrics in the handout

What is the song about?
In which sentences have you found this?

Slide 5 - Tekstslide

Slide 6 - Video

Back to Shakespeare...
Read act 1 scene 7 in your handout

What is going on? 
What do you think of the choice MacBeth has to make?
What would you do?

Theme: how far do you go before you 'lose yourself?'

Slide 7 - Tekstslide

What is MacBeth about?
Watch the video. Tip: write along to get a summary of the plot

  • Describe the following characters in your own words: MacBeth, Lady MacBeth, Duncan, Banquo
  • Each has ambitions. Do they have the power to make their ambition happen? Are they good or bad?
(you can use the character sheet in the handouts to help you)

Slide 8 - Tekstslide

Slide 9 - Video

Types of ambition
Let's look a bit closer at what we just discussed

Read the two other fragments on your handout (act 1 scene 3 and 5)
  • what happened?
  • how does MacBeth’s ambition develop? 
  • how do you feel about this? 

act1 scene 5
Witches prophecy
the bit that goes before the speech in your handout

Slide 10 - Tekstslide

Slide 11 - Video

Compare: Julius Caesar
In Julius Caesar we find another man who wants to be king: Brutus.  He, too, has long monologues as to why he should or shouldn’t kill Caesar. Read the speech in the handout
  • What are his motives?
  • Are his motives better or worse than MacBeth’s?
  • Why?

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Discussion: types of ambition
How do these plays describe ambition? Use these four questions 
  • Is chasing your ambition always good?
  • And where do you stop?
  • If Macbeth believed he was fated to have the crown, can he be credited (or blamed) with ambition in trying to gain it?
  • Who made the better choice: McB or Brutus?

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