Monday, March 17, 2014


by Carolee Dean

Have the luck of the Irish, I pray,
As state mandated tests come your way.
Please don't feel dejected
If student scores are reflected
In your evaluation and pay.

Monday, March 10, 2014

HOT PLOTS - MACBETH by William Shakespeare

Macbeth and the Tragic Hero’s Journey

I’m often asked if the hero’s journey plot analysis works for all types of stories, such as those involving tragic heroes, so I thought I’d try it out on one of the most famous tragic heroes in literature – Macbeth. Macbeth is often taught in high school English courses during junior year, making it a pertinent story to analyze.

A tragic hero is a character who starts out with great promise. He is usually of noble heritage and held in high esteem by his peers, but a tragic flaw causes a fall from grace. At some point in the story, the tragic hero realizes he has made an irreversible error in judgement that will lead to his doom, but he faces his demise with honor.

To read my plot analysis of Macbeth, visit the Spellbinders Blog.