What did Shakespeare get from Chaucer?
· Rounded Characters: whose actions are shaped by contradictory, conflicting elements within the same consciousness and somehow seems true to life. (verisimilitude)
· The Wages of Sin: how did Chaucer measure morality?
· What gifts were given to Chaucer’s Characters?
o The Knight?
o The Monk?
o The Friar?
o The Summoner?
· What is Macbeth’s gift?
What will happen to Macbeth if he misuses the gift he has been given by God?
· A valiant, lethal, warrior with a soul.
· The action of the tragedy? What must Macbeth attempt to do?
· Where does this struggle take place? In what psychic realm?
· Note that the natural world is somehow tied to the characters’ psyches: It begins in dim, stormy light and then plunges into night and the sun will not rise for days.
· This is literally the battleground where Macbeth will do battle against his soul.
· Look again at “Two truths”
o Literally, what ‘horrible imaginings’ does Macbeth see which so frighten him?
Banquo describes him
as “Rapt”? (‘fascination’)