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Relationships - Macbeth, A Woman to her Lover and Valentine

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Hannah Antonio

on 24 February 2013

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Transcript of Relationships - Macbeth, A Woman to her Lover and Valentine

Controlled Assessment How do the writers present the theme of relationships in "Macbeth", "A Woman to her Lover" and "Valentine"?

What do they tell us about relationships of the time? Power and control Breakdown and longevity Relationships Honesty and trust (How long it lasts for) Love,
and equality Quotations Macbeth Act 1 Scene 5 Macbeth - "Lay it to thy heart and farewell" Lady Macbeth - "yet I do fear thy nature; it is too full
o' th' milk of human kindness" A Woman to her Lover "O lover I refuse you!" "my skin soft only for your fond caresses" Valentine "I am trying to be truthful" "it will blind you with tears" Thinking time! Are the relationships in the text real or ideal? Can both sides of the relationships be trusted? Are both sides of the relationship honest about how they feel and what they want? Where are the trust issues? How might the time period affect the ability to be honest in these relationships? (Think context!) How?
Why? Quotations Macbeth Act 1 Scene 5 Lady Macbeth - "I may pour my spirits in thine ear;
And chastise with the valour of my tongue" Lady Macbeth - "Leave all the rest to me" Act 1 Scene 7 Macbeth - "He's here in double trust...I am his kinsman and
his subject" Lady Macbeth - "Wouldst thou live a coward" Lady Macbeth - "When you durst do it, then you were a man" A Woman to her Lover "no servant will I be" "I am no doll to dress" "Fool, I refuse you!" "I am yours forever" Valentine "Take it" "Here" "I give" "for as long as we are" Commands The gift of the onion A choice given (If you treat me in the way I wish to be treated then) Thinking time! Who is control of each relationship? Does it change? How is the relationship controlled? How might the time period change who is control of the relationship?
(Think context!) Quotations Macbeth Act 1 Scene 5 Macbeth - "my dearest partner of greatness" Lady Macbeth - "Thou wouldst be great" Lady Macbeth - "Great Glamis, worthy Cawdor,
Greater than both..." Macbeth - "My dearest love" A Woman to her Lover "Lover" "I shall be your comrade, friend, and mate" "...our co-equal love" "hand holding hand" Repeated use of the word Valentine "fierce kiss" "faithful as we are" Thinking time! Are the relationships in the texts an ideal or are they a reality? What evidence is there in all three texts of partnership? Does equality exist in these relationships? Evidence? How? Why? How? Why? Quotations Macbeth Act 3 Scene 4 Macbeth - "blood will have blood" Macbeth - "...they rise again, with twenty mortal
murders on their crowns, and push us from
our stools" Both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are eaten up with guilt/pressure. Their relationship breaks down. They stop supporting each other. A Woman to her Lover "live and work, to love and die with you" "I am yours forever" Wants her husband can accept her "modern" views To modern readers (us) this seems like a reasonable request Equality is fair and will make the relationship better Valentine "Scent will cling" "a wedding ring if you like" Metaphor She wants them to stay together but is not pressurising him. The realistic view she offers will make for a better relationship. Nearly finished... Relationships Shown differently in all three texts there are some similarities. but All of the women are in control or trying to take control. This doesn't necessarily last (Lady Macbeth loses control of herself and her relationship as guilt takes over). There are problems in each of the relationships Macbeth The relationship breaks down as a result of ambition and evil deeds. A Woman to her Lover This poem was written at the end of the 18th Century; at this time a "co-equal" relationship seems unlikely. The character could be left dissatisfied. Valentine The character presents a cold view of love which could be off-putting. Is she too truthful and does she focus on the negatives too much? Will her lover want to hear these things? Context The time that the texts were written has a dramatic effect on the presentation of the relationships in each of the texts. The role of women has changed as time has gone on. The behaviour and expectations of men and women in relationships has also changed. Stuck for sentence starters?
Try these... On the other hand... In the same way... Alternatively... However... In contrast... Similarly... All three texts... Firstly... Overall... In conclusion... In addition to... A key theme is... Mrs H. Antonio - February 2013 Thinking time! What signs are there that each of the relationships will or does breakdown? What evidence is there that the relationships can or will last? How? Why? How are the relationships shown differently in each of the texts? What does this tell the reader/audience about the time in which the texts were written? What do you think the key messages are about relationships? Include your personal response
(what you think) In conclusion... How?
Why? Relationships... 45 minutes Controlled Assessment
writing Go! Go! 45 minutes Controlled Assessment writing Go! 45 minutes Controlled Assessment writing Go! 45 minutes Controlled Assessment writing Go! 30 minutes Controlled Assessment writing How to start?! Don't forget to use the support sheets you have! Define "relationship". Introduce the texts that you will be discussing. Explain when each text was written and discuss the context. social historical cultural Go! 30 minutes Controlled Assessment writing
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