About Andrew Scoblionko
An administrator with a long history in career training and higher education, Andrew Scoblionko has run sizable college campuses on the East Coast since the late 1990s. The recipient of a BA in English from Muhlenberg College and an MA in English from Rutgers University, he began working toward a PhD before taking a role as editorial assistant at textbook publisher Visual Education Corporation (acquired by McGraw-Hill). Three years later, Andrew Scoblionko joined DeVry University in North Brunswick, New Jersey, as Associate Dean of General Education, beginning a prolific tenure with the international higher education organization. Following a successful term as Dean of Evening and Weekend Programs, Mr. Scoblionko left DeVry for Southwest Florida College in Tampa, where he served as Dean of Academics and, later, Campus Director.
Since then, Andrew Scoblionko has continued to build upon his achievements in higher education administration, leading the development of a campus in Virginia and the turnaround of a campus in Northern Virginia. A scholar as well, Mr. Scoblionko has been published in The Faulkner Journal and maintains affiliation with the American Historical Association, the National Council on Public History, and the Civil War Trust.
Themes of Ambition and Guilt in Shakespeare’s Macbeth
A longtime higher education administrator, Andrew Scoblionko has a passion for literature and considers William Faulkner as among his favorite authors. Andrew Scoblionko also has an interest in Shakespearian dramas and considers Macbeth his favorite theatrical work. Macbeth begins with a description of the title character’s battlefield exploits as captain, but then this persona of bravery is soon tempered by self-doubt and ambition, as Macbeth learns from three witches that he is destined to become king.
Unlike classic villains such as Richard III and Othello’s Iago, Macbeth has a weak and impressionable character, and must live with the psychological toll that killing Duncan, the King of Scotland, takes. It is his wife, Lady Macbeth, equally ambitious and more ruthless, who pushes Macbeth to commit his crime. The aftermath of assassination leaves him feeling isolated and burdened with a bad conscience. Lady Macbeth, a master manipulator, has no such qualms at first and helps cover up her husband’s crime. Ultimately, guilt plagues her as she begins a sharp descent into madness, going so far as to try and wash off an invisible bloodstain. The play offers insight into the unforeseen toll that actions enabling outward success can have on the inward psyche.