I have been working through some homework today, and although I'm not finished, I feel like I've gotten a lot done. One Phillip Roth book finished, halfway through Macbeth, and a chapter and a half from a Syntax textbook complete. I even mapped out some ideas for my response to Macbeth.
I'm having some trouble evaluating Macbeth's hamartia because even though most classes teach it as a tragic flaw, it really isn't translated that way. And I think that what the character of a tragedy suffers from isn't really a tragic flaw in most cases. Hamlet especially. Macbeth is a bit trickier. His ambitions are a flaw, but is it really more of an "ethical fault or infirmity of character" like Bywater indicates? Is what Macbeth does truly deliberate? Is there free will involved, or is it "fated" that he murders Duncan? Such is the life of a graduate student I suppose, facing those "big" questions of life.
Phillip Roth didn't leave me with many questions except for maybe how he might be focusing more on an everyman than on the Jewish part of that character. Syntax is...well, about as exciting to read as it sounds. I'm looking forward to being able to take some Phonology classes.
Onward though! I took some time to break back into knitting today when I needed some time to contemplate Macbeth and the result was this:
It's a nice shade of green, but I don't think you can really tell in the picture. I was surprised how easily it came back to me. I still don't know how to finish a knit project, but I'll worry about that when I come to it. Also, it is kinda cool that my knitting needles could double for small swords.
Anyway, still have more reading to do, and I wanted to write up my Macbeth response tonight, so I'm off!