Literary Conflict in Macbeth

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Macbeth Literary Conflicts

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Literary conflicts are another major element often taught during ELA units. Building on prior knowledge to achieve mastery level with our students is important. An excellent way to focus on the various types of literary conflict is through storyboarding. Having students choose an example of each literary conflict and depict it using the storyboard creator is a great way to reinforce your lesson!

In Macbeth, conflict is ever present. Much of the conflict stems from the three witches and Hecate, who toy with Macbeth, and ultimately hold back information that causes his downfall. Throughout each act, the witches give Macbeth a prophecy that comes true. However, in the end, they decide that they are upset with him, and choose to bring about his ruin.

Having students create storyboards that show the cause and effect of different types of conflicts strengthens analytical thinking about literary concepts.

Examples of Literary Conflict in Macbeth


MAN vs. MAN

Duncan's heirs come back to overthrow Macbeth.


MAN vs. SELF

Lady Macbeth begins to hallucinate, believing she has physical blood stains on her hands... ”why won't these wash off?”


MAN vs. SOCIETY

By the end of the play, Macbeth is faced with the united armies of Scotland, led by Macduff.


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Create a storyboard that shows at least three forms of literary conflict in Macbeth.


  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify conflicts in Macbeth.
  3. Categorize each conflict as Character vs. Character, Character vs. Self, Character vs. Society, Character vs. Nature, or Character vs. Technology.
  4. Illustrate conflicts in the cells, using characters from the play.
  5. Write a short description of the conflict below the cell.

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