Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Is MacBeth a psychopath? British Lit will soon find out...

British Lit students know that they'll have 3 essays assigned to them this semester, but we've only done one up to this point. The assignment that they'll have over Thanksgiving break will be to work on their second one, going over what we've covered in MacBeth. But the question, though, is what exactly should we do the essay over?

In reading this play this semester, it's become more and more apparent that there's something... strange going on in MacBeth's mind, and that we would be smart to explore exactly what is happening. As a hint, the assignment will focus on analyzing if the titular character is a psychopath. Question, though—do you know what a psychopath is? I've got 3 things for you to do:
  1. Watch these 3 videos:

  2. Read these articles:
    Wikipedia's entry on Psychopathy
    What "Psychopath" Means (Scientific American)
    The List of Psychopathy Symptoms: Hervey Cleckley and Robert Hare
    ‘The Psychopath Test,’ by Jon Ronson - Review - NYTimes.com

  3. Take these tests:
    Self-Assessment on Psychopathy / Narcissistic Personality Disorder
    A psychopathy test on my shared Evernote
Once you've gone over all this, you should be more prepared for when I give you the specifics of the assignment later this/next week. Thanks!

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