This is the first week back form winter break, so a lot of what we did in class was try to get back into the motion of things and pick up where we left off in our critical theory papers. Continuing with Macbeth and Existentialism, we tried to start our paper and managed to get some good information down. However, I think my group was still a little lost in how we really wanted to go about writing a lot of our paragraphs. Maybe we just did not know how to really go about the topic? I was not sure, but I was getting a little worried that our paper would be sort of a struggle to write.
Thankfully, we had a speaker come in that was very knowledgable on Shakespeare and critical theory and when she came to talk to our group about our project she gave us very useful information and helped guide us in a way that would be better in writing the essay. I am forgetting her name right now, but she told us a lot about how religion was a main factor on why choosing your own fate was a bad thing to do in that culture and era. Since most of society was Christain, people believed that they have a predetermined fate. So when Macbeth tries to create his own path out of influence from his wife, things turn badly and that is where tragedy occurs.
The lady coming in was very beneficial to our team because now we know for sure what direction we are going to take with our paper. Plus the topic we are focusing in is more narrow so we can expand on it further. This is something we are interested in as well, which will make writing even easier.