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ENG 125 Week 4 DQ 1 and 2
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DQ 1

Chapter Thirteen discusses the major elements of drama and distinguishes the form from other genres like the short story and poetry. Using the play Riders to the Sea (Synge) as an example, discuss what elements and qualities make drama unique as a literary form. Support your ideas with textual evidence from Synge’s play. In your post, take into consideration how the literary themes of Riders to the Sea relate to the dramatic form. 


Literary genres like the story story and poetry have the ability to elicit an emotional response in readers. Yet it is only drama that has the power to make people feel emotion in an overwhelming way. This is made evident in Synge's play Riders to the Sea. One of the characters, the mother Maurya, easily conveys a series of sorrowful emotions because of the tragedies she experiences. For example, at the beginning of the play, she is mourning the loss of her family. She feels to sad that she even has difficulty sleeping. She sleeps “if she is able,” Synge writes, and because the audience is able to see her posture, tears, and face, they are able to feel a more overwhelming response than if they were simply reading the play. Maurya's emotion also comes through at the end of the play when she grieves the loss of her sons. However, she leaves the audience on an almost hopeful note when she shares her acceptance of her lot in life. She says, “no man at all can be living forever, and we must be satisfied.” This sentence is intended to move the audience by helping them understand that this character will survive.

DQ 2

Shakespeare’s Macbeth is often considered one of literature’s greatest tragedies and is said to reveal much about human nature. Do you agree or disagree that the play conveys much about humanity or about the human experience? What, if anything, does the work suggest about human beings or society? Support your views with textual details and analysis.

In your response, address how Macbeth’s subject matter, themes, form, or other literary elements might (or might not) be characteristic of tragedy. How do tragic qualities of the play contribute (or not) to the story’s larger message(s)?


William shakespeare's play Macbeth is one of the most read, discussed, and analyzed plays about human nature, humanity and human experiences. The main characters in this play, Macbeth and his wife, Lady Macbeth, show emotions of live, lust for power, greed and grim tradegy.

One of the first times that the readers of this play sees multiple aspects of a human beings emotions are in Act I when Lady Macbeth learns by letter from Macbeth of The Three Witches's prophecies for her husband, and then she eagerly embraces them as fact. This is a true turning point of emotions and life for Lady Macbeth. This is the crucial time that she sets out to change the course of life events for her and her husband. In this moment, the reader sees a women, willing to give her soul for the ability to further her husbands career. This is evident when she asks the Gods to remove from her all signs of compassion and femininity and replace with cold and ruthless qualities.

Even though this play conveys a rather dark side of humans, it does convey human experiences. In this play Shakespeare shows what can happen when a person allows them self to be consumed with power and greed, and the consequences of bad choices. The play begins with love between husband and wife and then goes towards deception. The range of emotions in this play are large and far reaching.

The actions of a wife deceiving others all for the "betterment of her husband" show how tragic greed can be. One other tragic aspect of this play is the way that Lady Macbeth sets out to control her life situation and ends up being controlled by witches,and the tricks that her mind plays on her. The way that a women,who already had power. love, and wealth does not see this and as a result, looses herself in the conquest for more is quite tragic.

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