First, Reader Response Lens is the simplest lens created as it has to do with what the reader thinks about a piece of literature. It is easy to understand, but it also can be too simplistic by not showing enough to fully understand the work. For example, I liked the concept of the play, but it was hard to follow at times. The drama states,” First Witch: ‘Aroint thee, witch! ' the rump-fed ronyon cries” ( Shakespeare 9). The language is in Old English which makes it hard to understand a...
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... the future. This is comparable to the magic mirror that shows the Queen an image of who is the fairest in the land. Both entities show images to the onlooker. Additionally, Macbeth can be compared to The Wizard of Oz. The drama states,” Third Witch: ‘All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!’” (Shakespeare 11). The witches are all knowing and all seeing, as far as the reader can tell, like the Wizard is all knowing and all seeing. And, the Wizard in The Wizard of Oz can be compared to Lady Macbeth. The drama states,” Lady Macbeth: ‘What cannot you and I perform upon/ The unguarded Duncan? what not put upon/ His spongy officers, who shall bear the guilt/ Of our great quell?’” (Shakespeare 21). This line shows that, like the Wizard, Lady Macbeth is behind the curtain. She plants the way they should kill Duncan into Macbeth’s head thus secretly controlling him.
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