ENG 125 week 4 – Discussion 1


Ashford 5: – Week 4 – Discussion 1


Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Reference the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.



Prepare: Prior to completing this   discussion, you will need to read Shakespeare’s Macbeth from Appendix   B of the Journey into Literature.

Reflect: Macbeth is often considered one of   literature’s greatest tragedies, not only because of Macbeth’s tragic fall   from grace, but because of how the play relates to human nature and the   conflicts inherent in human nature. Think of what kinds of conflicts you   saw in Macbeth. Consider what literary techniques helped convey the   conflict.

Write: Your initial post must be 200 to   300 words in length and posted by Day 3. In your initial post, please do the   following: 

  • State a conflict that you see        present in Macbeth (please refer to the list of conflicts).
  • Respond to one of the following        and provide specific textual examples: 
    • Describe a key conflict in         the play and how it corresponds to a character’s development.
    • Describe two key literary         techniques and         elements of drama that aid in developing the conflict.
    • Explain how the conflict         identified in the play relates to human nature and the human condition.

Respond to Peers: Respond to at least two of your   classmates’ initial posts. Each response should be at least 75 words in   length and should address two or more of the following points: 

  • Do you agree with your        classmates’ perspectives? Why, or why not? Be specific.
  • Ask a specific question to        encourage further discussion on the topic.
  • Challenge your classmates’        interpretation of literature and/or point of view.
  • Do a small amount of research        and share what you learn with your peers on the topic discussed in this        post.
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