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Macbeth’s ‘conspiracy for life’

Mount lecture explores 2015 film adaptation of The Bard’s classic play
March 08, 2018

Br. Jordan Zajac, OP presented “Macbeth and the Conspiracy for Life” on Tuesday, March 6 at Mount Saint Mary College.

Br. Jordan Zajac, OP presented “Macbeth and the Conspiracy for Life” on Tuesday, March 6 at Mount Saint Mary College.

 

Like all of Shakespeare’s tragedies, death is a major theme of Macbeth. But for all the play’s attention to bloodshed, what poses the greatest threat to Macbeth’s grip of kingly power is the threat of life, noted Br. Jordan Zajac, OP at his March 6 talk at Mount Saint Mary College.

Macbeth and the Conspiracy for Life,” was the latest in the college’s Catholic and Dominican Institute speaker series.

“The fundamental human desire for life proves stubborn and indomitable,” said Br. Zajac, and director Justin Kurzel’s 2015 film adaptation of Macbeth makes this point very clear. 

After showing clips from the movie, Br. Zajac analyzed the film through the lens of Aristotle’s theory of tragedy and his philosophical anthropology. “[There’s] a conspiracy at work in this telling of Macbeth: the conspiracy for life,” he concluded.

Prior to the talk, Br. Zajac broke bread with the Dominican Scholars of Hope, a living and learning community for highly motivated Mount freshmen and sophomores. Rooted in the values of the Judeo-Christian and Dominican heritage of the Mount, the group is inspired by the four pillars of Dominican life: study, spirituality, community, and service.

Br. Zajac entered the Order of Preachers in 2013. He attended Providence College, where he majored in English and minored in Political Science, and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in English at the University of Virginia. He earned a PhD at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, specializing in early modern English drama. He is currently studying Philosophy and Theology at the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., in preparation for the priesthood. 

The Mount’s Catholic and Dominican Institute promotes the Mount’s heritage of St. Dominic, advances the Dominican charism of study and service, provides a forum for discussion of contemporary ethical issues, and enhances Catholic and Jewish dialogue. The Institute welcomes persons of varied faiths and acknowledges different religious traditions as essential to the college’s intellectual and spiritual life.

 

Br. Jordan Zajac, OP presented “Macbeth and the Conspiracy for Life” on Tuesday, March 6 at Mount Saint Mary College.

Before his talk on March 6, Br. Jordan Zajac, OP enjoyed eating dinner with Mount Saint Mary College’s Dominican Scholars of Hope (DSH). Top row, behind Br. Zajac, are Charles Zola, chair of the Division of Philosophy and Religious Studies, associate professor of Philosophy, director of the Mount’s Catholic and Dominican Institute, and DSH advisor; and Jeanne Conboy, administrative assistant of the Catholic and Dominican Institute.