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Building up your Commentary Macbeth Style. What good commentary does… Analyzes the previous Concrete Detail (quote) with a fresh and insightful interpretation.

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1 Building up your Commentary Macbeth Style

2 What good commentary does… Analyzes the previous Concrete Detail (quote) with a fresh and insightful interpretation. (your highly intellectualized opinion!) This is what you did in the last part of your Quote Adventure. Remember Formatting! Your body paragraph begins with a Topic Sentence which creates focus, and then moves into your Concrete detail (quote), and is followed by two pieces of good commentary. You may also weave in commentary with your lead-in (lead-out) if you feel comfortable doing so. TS, CD, CM, CM, CD, CM, CM, CS

3 But when you are analyzing text, there is no first person allowed. Ways to generate commentary when analyzing text : Consider the authors diction. Why does he or she use this word/phrase? Does the word/phrase have a special connotation? Is it a charged word/phrase? How does this choice of word/phrase precisely reflect the authors message? What is not stated in the corresponding quote or paraphrased example, but is rather implied ? Connect to literary terms (aspects AND features) whenever possible. Consider how one event foreshadows another, or how a metaphors meaning is particularly relevant to the message the author is conveying. Analyze cause and effect relationships when it appropriately relates to your thesis. Dont just analyze what characters say; analyze how they interact with each other.

4 Ways to generate commentary when analyzing text (cont.) : Address the authors message. He or she wrote the text for a reason – what is that reason? How will the reader/intended audience likely feel or react to the quote/ paraphrased example? (Be careful here – dont speculate too much). Is there any evidence in the text to counter what is explained in the concrete detail? All concrete details in the same paragraph should support the same topic sentence, but they should not be interchangeable, or your commentary will grow stale quickly. That is to say, there should be a progression of ideas within each paragraph as well as the essay as a whole in order to keep moving forward toward the next level of insight.

5 What good commentary looks like… TransitionLead-In Concrete Detail (Quote): In addition, Lady Macbeth questions Macbeths manliness, exclaiming, When you durst do it, then you were a man ( ). Quote CM #1: Lady Macbeth associates evilness and brutality with manliness, inferring that Macbeth is only a man if he is decisive about killing King Duncan. Offers analysis of previous quote CM #2: By attacking his ego, Lady Macbeth forces Macbeth to feel like he must commit the crime in order to prove that he is a man and ultimately worthy of her. Offers further analysis of quote/ connects back to main sentiment of thesis CS: This psychological threatening, therefore, becomes a predominant influence leading to Macbeths downfall. CS Offers a closing statement for the paragraph that isnt merely repetitive

6 What bad commentary does…. Repeats the CD (quote) Offers obscure or unclear analysis Uses clichés such as: Macbeth keeps secrets from Lady Macbeth and everyone knows that secrets dont make friends. Gives plot summary instead of analysis Is repetitive and vague because you dont really know what you are talking about. You Try! Play Bad Commentary Match-Up on your own sheet of paper.

7 What bad commentary looks like… Concrete Detail (Quote): In addition, Lady Macbeth questions Macbeths manliness, exclaiming, When you durst do it, then you were a man ( ). CM #1: Lady Macbeth then goes on to tell Macbeth that she would rather have her own babys brains smashed in, rather than give up on her ambition, but in Act two she isnt up to the task of killing Duncan because he looks too much like her father. Plot Summary/Unnecessary information CM #2: Lady Macbeth doesnt think that Macbeth is a man. Repeats the CD/Doesnt offer anything fresh or insightful CM #4: Lady Macbeth doesnt think Macbeth is a man, because he acts unmanly all of the time. Repetitive/Sounds like you dont really understand the literature CM #3: Lady Macbeth urges Macbeth to essentially wear the pants in the family and do what needs to be done. Relies on a cliché instead of formulating your own opinion

8 Good Commentary 1.and you all know security is mortals chiefest enemy ( ). 1.It will have blood, they say; blood will have blood ( ). 2.Tis safer to be that which we destroy / than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy ( ).


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