Emma Smith

Apr 3, 2023

Shakespeare's "Macbeth" Part 3: the Language

A Discussion with Emma Smith

New Books Network 2023

Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s most concentrated and thrilling tragedies. Macbeth is a warrior lord living in medieval Scotland who starts the play by saving his king — only to then murder the king himself. In this course, you’ll learn Macbeth’s story, explore the complex morality and psychology of Macbeth and his accomplice, Lady Macbeth, and hear the play’s key speeches performed and analyzed by world-class Shakespearean actors and literary scholars. In Part 3, Professor Emma Smith offers close-readings of some of the play’s most significant monologues. You’ll discover the unique kind of speech that Shakespeare develops in this play to reflect his characters’ sense of conscience and guilt, and learn to see how Shakespeare reflects the largest themes of his plays in the smallest units of language.

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