We will be studying Shakespeare’s ‘Scottish play’ after the Easter holiday. To prepare for it, and to consider some of the issues and themes the play explores, please answer the following questions*.
1. Is evil inherent in human nature? That is, are some people just ‘born evil’ or is evil caused by circumstance or environment?
2. Are women ‘naturally’ more evil than men? Is it the other way around?
3. Are our lives determined by fate or by the acts of our free will?
4. Is redemption truly possible? That is, is it possible to commit an act of genuine evil and truly recover from it?
5. Is it possible to admire or respect a person who you know has committed acts of genuine evil?
6. Do the ends justify the means? Rather, is the goal is more important than the methods you use to achieve it? OR, do you believe that if morally evil methods are used to acquire a goal, that goal forever tainted or polluted by the actions one has taken to achieve it?
I’m looking for thoughtful, developed responses to the questions. If you do not understand a question, re-read it, then ask others; perhaps do some research into the issue that the question is raising. Indeed, I think it’s necessary to do research before answering ANY of the questions – are teenagers REALLY able to consider whether evil is inherent in human nature WITHOUT researching the matter? In short, this is not a twenty-minute home learning task and that’s why I’ve set it for over the extended Easter holiday.
Please write your (developed, thoughtful) answers in the comments box below.
An independent enquirer working at:
- Grade C will refer to research they have done when answering the questions
- Grade B will use developed PEE paragraphs to structure their answers, some of which may require more than one paragraph to properly explain
- Grade A will provide your own opinions on the matter but your opinions will be insightful, balanced and expressed in a mature way
Have a great Easter holiday!
* For the questions, I have to acknowledge and thank http://msburkeenglish.wordpress.com/syllabus-2/the-renaissance/shakespeare/