Macbeth William Shakespeare The supernatural plays an important role in Macbeth. To what extent does it motivate Macbeth’s actions? Without the so called ‘supernatural’ Macbeth wouldn’t have killed anybody to gain power. Before Macbeth heard the prophecies of the witches he was a loyal warrior of king Duncan and he had absolutely no reason to kill the king. It was only when he heard about the prophecies he became a murderer. So I think the supernatural is a great motivation for Macbeth’s actions. Or at least it was the cause in the beginning…
Year: 7 E
Critical Commentary: “A Room of One’s Own”
The extract of: “A Room of One’s Own” on page 56 written by Virginia Woolf in 1928, emphasizes how much women are hindered and how many obstacles they were faced with when composing fiction. Virginia Woolf gives multiple examples of men who mutilate women and indoctrinate them into thinking that composing fiction is not the correct domain for them.
The extract includes 4 paragraphs and are the last in chapter 3.
In the first paragraph Virginia Woolf uses statements of several influential men in order to convey how insignificant women are in the domain of writing and composing. Woolf quotes both Nick Greene and Dr. Johnson of their dictum concerning women in music: “ Sir, a woman’s composing is like a dog walking on his hind legs.”, this quotation is used to mock a woman’s ability to compose music.
Woolf then uses satire: “ So accurately does history repeat itself”, in order to take this statement to the extreme and ridicule its absurdity. Each paragraph has its own idea assigned, this emphasizes the ideas Woolf has. Through the use of structure and quotation Woolf successfully informs the reader about all the obstacles women had to face when composing fiction.
The extract on page 56 emphasizes how evident it is that woman in the nineteenth century are not encouraged to be artists. According to Woolf women were; “snubbed, slapped, lectured, and exhorted” in order to prevent them from writing. The use of the repeated commas and verbs in this quotation emphasizes the patronizing tone that men inflicted on women, which effectively informs the reader of the obstacles women are faced with.
The extract then states that women's minds have given up on trying to oppose the “theory” that they are inferior to men and that they belong to the domestic domain. Woolf emphasizes the fact that men need to oppress women and make them feel inferior in order to make themselves feel more superior; “she shall be inferior as that he shall be superior”, according to Woolf this paves the way for men i.....[read full text]