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High School Classics Revisited

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Thursday, May 9, 2024 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1J0361
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Shakespeare’s Macbeth from 1606 is one of his bloodiest and most haunting plays, distinguished by its recurrent use of the supernatural. Joseph Luzzi, professor of literature at Bard College, guides participants through the rich verbal intricacies and captivating themes of the play, especially its treatment of political ambition and the nature of the monarchy. Luzzi pays special attention to how Macbeth relates to Shakespeare’s other great tragedies and the broader arc of his literary career. He also considers how Macbeth provides valuable insight into Shakespeare’s relationship with his patron King James I. An analysis of the psychological makeup of the main characters, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, leads to an inquiry into what made Shakespeare such an astute student of human nature.

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