“Fair is Foul”: Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”

In this late masterpiece, Shakespeare asks how a man and a woman guilty of horrible crimes can still attain the audience’s empathy that tragic protagonists require. Using the excellent Norton Critical Edition, we will answer this question and many others about origins, witchcraft, and the rich reception history of “Macbeth.” YouTube performances will enhance our enjoyment of “the Scottish play.”


Group Leader: Tony Merzlak
Venue: King's Chapel Parish House
Meets on: Tuesday 3:30 to 5:30 PM
Starting: 10/8/2024
Sessions: 6
Class Size: 16
Teaching Style: Lecture with questions
Weekly Preparation: 2 - 3 hours
Group Leader Biography:

Tony Merzlak is Emeritus Professor of English at Suffolk University, where he taught courses in Shakespeare, Dante, and the Romantic poets. A Cambridge resident from grad school days, Tony now enjoys exurban life in Franklin with his partner Patricia Geran.


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