For the final creepy week of October, I did two of my favorite works by two of my favorite writers.
Day 38: Macbeth
Publication Performance: 1606 (play)
What It’s About: A noble warrior hears a prophecy that he will become the king of Scotland. With the aid of his wife, he makes it so–through murder. This is my favorite Shakespeare work for so many reasons: (1) it’s short and action-packed, making it an excellent entry into Shakespeare for students, (2) it is constantly alluded to in pop culture (Breaking Bad, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) because (3) its themes of how power can corrupt and how guilt can corrode are timeless.
Read Online (Link to Sparknotes No Fear Shakespeare, a strong tool for first-time Shakespeare readers)
Day 39: The Cask of Amontillado
What It’s About: The narrator, Montresor, seeks revenge against his friend Fortunato by luring him into catacombs to judge the quality of his newest wine acquisition. This is often taught in 9th grade to teach irony, and because Montresor’s means of revenge excites even the most reluctant readers.