Intro to Macbeth: Gender and power scenario

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Introduction to Shakespeare
Gender & Power
The Battle of the Sexes!!!
Who really has the power?
GIRLS: Imagine this.....
You and your boyfriend have been going out for a long time. He is one of,
if not THE most popular boy in school. He is captain of the school’s very
successful football team and everyone really respects him. Going out with
him does wonders for your status and popularity in school and around the
town.
Over the past couple of weeks, he and the team have been away taking
part in a big national football tournament and you have received a text
from him saying that he is on his way home after winning the final. He
also tells you that a talent scout will be at his next game tomorrow to
watch him and another one of his team mates because there is an opening
on the Inter Milan youth team. His coach has told him (in private) that he
is almost guaranteed to get the place.
Your boyfriend invites you, and his team mate, over for dinner that night
so you can all discuss how exciting this chance will be. You are especially
excited about the prospect of going out with someone who plays for a
premier league team!
You also happen to know that your boyfriends team mate (the one who he
will be in competition with AND the one who is also coming for dinner) is
allergic to pepper, and you have offered to help with the cooking. If his
friend (a very good friend) eats anything with pepper in, his stomach gets
upset and he potentially is ill for a couple of days.
Hmmmmmm...... interesting. What would you do?
Imagine you decided to get rid of the competition so that your boyfriend
could get the spot on the team. How would you go about persuading him to
hide pepper in his good friend’s food?
Introduction to Shakespeare
Gender & Power
The Battle of the Sexes!!!
Who really has the power?
BOYS: Imagine this.....
You are one of, if not THE most popular boy in school. You are captain of
the school’s very successful football team and everyone really respects
you. You have a great girlfriend and life is good.
Over the past couple of weeks, you and the team have been away taking
part in a big national football tournament you’re on a high after winning
the final. You are told that a talent scout will be at your next game
tomorrow to watch you and another one of your team mates because
there is an opening on the Inter Milan youth team. Your coach has told
you (in private) that you are almost guaranteed to get the place.
You invite your girlfriend and your team mate over for dinner that night
so you can all discuss how exciting this chance will be. Your girlfriend
seems especially excited about the prospect of going out with someone
who plays for a top team!
She happens to know that your team mate (the one who you will be in
competition with AND the one who is also coming for dinner) is allergic to
pepper. If your friend (a very good friend) eats anything with pepper in,
his stomach gets upset and he potentially is ill for a couple of days. Your
girlfriend suggests that you add pepper to your friend’s meal, just enough
to put him out of the game, so that you will definitely be picked for the
team.
Hmmmmmm...... interesting. What would you do?
Imagine that you are not keen on the idea. How would you justify your
decision to your girlfriend? Remember, you really love her and don’t want
to upset her. You also want the place on the team really badly.
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