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Hallow'en Macbeth Revision

Then the charm is firm and good.

First of all a couple of apologies:

1) This is later than intended as I badly broke my thumb at the beginning of the holidays and had to have surgery to re-attach it to my hand.

2) Any typos are down to left handed typing.

Your Macbeth / Browning assessment is fast approaching and you need to remind yourself of some of the key parts of your assessment.

We've focused on 8 key skills:

Making effective points
Using and embedding appropriate quotations
Paraphrasing text
Analysing text
Evaluating Writer's Intentions
Linking to contextual details
Linking all points to the question

For you to gain a C or above, you'll need to show all skills up to analysis, link to context and compare.

Here is a post helping you develop analytical and evaluative answers.

This post is going to focus on your context and essay construction:

First of all you won't be successful if you don't know what happens in the play. Use http://www.shakespeare-online.com/plays/macbeth_1_1.html to help you revise what is happening in the scenes you've taken your key quotations from.


Remember that your context can be one of three things:

1) History
2) Writer's Specific use of Devices
3) Audience

History is relevant context if your quotation illuminates something specific about the time the text was written or set.

Writer's Specific use vof devices is useful in showing your knowledge of the writer but can only really be mentioned once.

Audience reaction (modern or of the time) is one you will probably use the most.


1) Revise your information aboiut King James 1.

2) Be sure you revise how Shakespeare uses Soliloquy (all your quotations come from soliloquies or asides), Aside, Blank Verse, Rhymed Verse , Prose

3) Think about how the audience would react to the changes to Macbeth as a character.


1) Revise your ideas of Patriarchy and the conservative nature of Victorian society.

2) Revise Browning's use of Dramatic Monologue (here is a nice little explanation)

3) Think about how the reader would react.

Ideally you should be linking to context in every paragraph.

Essay Construction

You should have a variety of points. We've talked about broad range of things succh as - self destruction, greed, arrogance but you have a lot of different types within these areas:

Over Confidence

You should also remember that you are writing a whole essay not separate paragraphs. Your paragraphs should probably take us through Macbeth chronologically comparing your quotations consistently to the Browning poems but more importantly you should be using phrases such as:

Macbeth's weaknesses develop in the next scene...

We see Macbeth's paranoia increase in...

Act 5 Scene 5 brings Macbeth to the climax of his destruction...

All in all you are well prepared for this - you just need to remember the key skills you've worked hard to develop all half term.

Good Luck
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