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"Angels are still bright": Biblical references in Macbeth modernised for students
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay concerns biblical references in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, translated into Modern English by Durband (1984). The aim is to clarify the differences between the original and the modernised references, and judge if the latter are more understandable to Swedish students in upper secondary school. Also, attempts are made to detect the purpose of Durband’s (1984) exercises, state whether they facilitate students’ understanding of the references, and describe the relation between the two versions in the exercises. The analysis shows that differences lie in word choice, word order, contractions, information presented in characters’ lines, and figurative language. Occasionally, the modernisations are more understandable than the original references, while at other times they are not. As for the exercises, their purpose is never explicitly stated. They hardly facilitate students’ understanding, and instructions on how to use the two versions when performing the exercises are rarely given.

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Keyword [en]
Humanities Theology
Keyword [sv]
Humaniora, Teologi, Shakespeare, Macbeth, the Bible, modernisation, student exercises
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-55393Local ID: c43204f5-4e1e-4510-86bf-f1907b73396fOAI: diva2:1028775
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
English, master's level
Validerat; 20120614 (anonymous)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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