In this post I am considering how we might help students engage closely with text when studying Shakespeare. It is aimed, mainly at new A level Literature students, but should be equally accessible at GCSE, especially for higher sets. My …
Macbeth Act 5.4 to the end
A work in progress for my current Y11s at WSE Laverstock. I will be using this and adjusting as required as we go along. macbeth-act-5Download Read More "Macbeth Act 5.4 to the end"
Macbeth : model response
Beginning with this passage from Act 3.2, explore the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth through the whole play. LADY MACBETH How now, my lord! why do you keep alone,Of sorriest fancies your companions making,Using those thoughts which should indeed …
On Macbeth: Link
I may be simply absurdly late to this party, but i found this today on twitter and can't recommend it enough. https://www.english.cam.ac.uk/research/daggerdrawn/2022/01/12/macbeth-in-terror-which-of-you-have-done-this-3-4-43-49-daggerdrawn-slowshakespeare/ I hope you find it useful. Read More "On Macbeth: Link"
Feedback session y11
Feedback on a passage from 1.5 of Macbeth set as a typical exam question: feedback-pro-formaDownload Read More "Feedback session y11"
Othello and Iago: a comparison of speech in 1.3
A very old post which I have found on an old hardrive. I hope it is useful. Comparison of Othello and Iago Language in Act 1.3. In Othello, both Othello and Iago use different ways of talking, shown through …
On the Porter : Act 2.3
Aslide deck to explore the Porter and equivocation. I have included some context and the link to Ian McDiarmid's performance. See also The Porter provides humour but he is far from funny… On equivocation: Macbeth in context. porterDownload Read More "On the …
Before we begin: Macbeth dates and form. An introduction.
This is a re-working of earlier posts Introducing Form before reading Macbeth and Macbeth: a few points before we begin. It has added material about the dating of Macbeth and the versions of the play. I have also reviewed my comments on …
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Drop into Macbeth 5.7-5.9
The final talk in the series sees Macbeth discover the truth of the witches equivocation and Malcolm rightfully restored to his throne. I have written on the Dead Butcher and the Fiend Like Queen before: Macbeth the “dead butcher” The Fiend-Like …
Drop into Macbeth 5.2 – 5.6
An extended introduction to the scenes which act as prelude to war and cover the death of LM. https://www.loom.com/share/b2eec9d8ad494d468e0c6bdb37eb36e3 Read More "Drop into Macbeth 5.2 – 5.6"