After a day of struggling to figure out how to put our critical theory lense into words, having a CMU professor come and talk with us about our papers seemed really intimidating and scary trying to tell her what we were planning on achieving even though we had no clue how we were going to do that. However, after talking about how existentialism basically denies the existence of a higher power I feel like we had a better understanding of both Macbeth and the critical theory lense that we had selected, existentialism.
I also thought that it was really cool getting to hear from Dr. McDermott talk about My Shakespeare, and to hear about the impact that Shakespeare has had on the world. While he was one of the biggest playwrights of his time, he is now considered the only playwright of his time to many people.
I could also see a big similarity between Shakespeare and Lin Manuel-Miranda, a.k.a the guy who created Hamilton and In the Heights. Both of them wrote about stories that are somewhat tragedies and they both wrote/write for the masses (both rich and poor). While tickets for Hamilton are hard to come by right now due to the hype of the show, I imagine that it was difficult to also get tickets to see Shakespeare’s works when he was at his peak.
Before Hamilton and before actually reading Shakespeare they seem like really stuffy old guys who you can’t relate to today; however when you actually look into who they are, what they stood for, and what they wrote for you come to the realization that these guy are actually the biggest bros ever. Shakespeare wrote for the common and rich folk alike while Hamilton was literally a bastard orphan from the Caribbean who wanted help create America. These old stuffy guys helped create the world as it is today, and it makes me sad that not as many people see them this way. Having Dr. McDermott share just a little bit of her Shakespeare knowledge with us was really helpful for our paper and made Shakespeare seem more like a friend than a dreaded enemy.