Ib English A1 World Literature Essay Word Limit

Nikki MaherIB English World Literature Essay – MacbethMr. Rader11 January 2016Word Count (1,279 words)Often times, human beings will act upon their passion, with disregard toward what is reasonable. Passion is an embodiment of the heart, which will cause one to base choices upon opinion and emotion, with disdain1toward what the upshot2may be. In contrast, reason is an embodiment of the mind, used in contemplation with right and wrong, as well as justification andlogic. In decision making, one must acknowledge the possible outcomes of that decision, basing their choice on what is rational, rather than what works in favor of them. Passion can often distort3a human’s views in accord4to reason, and can influence actions that may ultimately lead to ghastly5demises. An analysis of literary terms in the play entitled, Macbethby William Shakespeare, demonstrates the idea that during decision making, human conscience may betray us due to conflicts between passion and reason within ourselves.At the start of Act I, Scene V of Macbeth, Lady Macbeth is reading her husband’s letter about his meeting with the witches. She fears that Macbeth will be not be able to garner6the courage and ruthlessness to kill King Duncan and expedite7the witches’ second prophecy. When she is told that Duncan is coming that night, Lady Macbeth decides that she will take action in preparation for the murder of Duncan. “O, never Shall sun that morrow see! … Look like th’innocent flower, But be the serpent under’t” (Shakespeare 35). This quote is said by Lady Macbeth, to her husband in regard to her taking charge in the demise of their King. She tells Macbeth that his face is “a book where men May read strange matters”, meaning that he does notcome off as genial8or approachable. She says that one way to “beguile” or enthrall9them, is to “look like th’innocent flower, but be the serpent under’t”. The quote uses a flower and serpent as

  1. What are you supposed to write about in a world lit essay? I'm doing my essay on antigone but i'm not sure what i'm supposed to write..is it meant to be an argument or..? please help, our teacher hasn't explained anything to us..

  2. Hi, found an example for you:

    Generally you tend to choose a theme within the book that you can base a question on.
    I believe mine was "How have the authors represented the struggle between freedom and imprisonment in ‘The Outsider’ and ‘One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich’ ?"
    You could however create a statement and say to what extent that statement is true.
    It's not so much an argument as an analysis of an extract(s) of the book(s) with respect to your question. By this I mean you must pick one or more extracts and pick apart phrases within them, discussing the significance of the words the author has used and to what effect. Mention lots of literary features e.g. pathetic fallacy, irony, foreshadowing, personification etc. where relevant and correct. These are like buzzwords for whoever will be marking your paper, it shows you understand what literary features are, an important aspect of the course.
    E.g. 'the author uses the weather to convey a sense of confinement because the sun is used to highlight the barbed wire and prison bars...' (that's just a quick example, you need to quote and be specific, don't ever be vague).
    If you are struggling to come up with a question write down all of the central issues and themes within your book and see if that gives you some inspiration, for example, a common theme between the two books I studied was imprisonment and that's how I came up with my question.
    I hope this helps and isn't too confusing

  3. Please help me also. I need to write my World Lit on either " A Christmas Carol" or "Tamas".

    I am not sure of what to write or how to go about the essay.

    Please help me.!

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