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Shakespeare
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Question:

Describe one type of conflict--Man vs. Self, Man vs. Man, Man vs. Society, Man vs. Nature, Man vs. Machine, Man vs. Fate/Supernatural--that is apparent in "Macbeth."

Keaton B.
Answer:

While there are plenty of conflicts in "Macbeth," none is more apparent, or more destructive, than the conflict of Man vs. Self. Macbeth's inner turmoil is what leads to his ultimate destruction. We first see this conflict come to rise when Macbeth is struggling to decide whether or not to kill the king. His mind is torn between his desire for power--his ambition--and his desire to uphold his duty and honor--his morality. This conflict will continue every step of the way until it consumes him and drives him into madness and results in not only his death but the death of his wife.

Film and Theater
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Question:

What was the purpose of the chorus in Greek theatre?

Keaton B.
Answer:

The purpose of the chorus was two-fold. 1) to provide an explanation of events. This could include events that happen offstage, exposition, or events happening on stage that need further explanation. 2) the chorus represents the audience. They are the audience's connection to the events happening on stage. They act as an advocate for the audience to help make the events more understandable.

English
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Question:

In the novel "Jane Eyre," the use of birds is common in the imagery of the novel. Explain what birds may symbolize in the novel.

Keaton B.
Answer:

The use of birds is representative of Jane herself. Jane is always kept confined in situations that she finds stifling. Whether they are physical locations--such as her aunt's house, the Lowood school, or Rochester's home--or the limitations placed on her by the society she lives in. As a woman, Jane is expected to be quiet, demure, and beautiful much like a bird held captive in a cage. Jane, on the other hand, longs for freedom. She longs to fly from the cage society keeps her in and she fights against her societal captors, even being called a "wild, frantic bird" by Rochester. The use of bird imagery throughout the novel is both representative of the caged Jane and the free Jane we eventually see at the end, as well as the journey she takes to get from one state of being to the other.

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