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CONSIDERING MACBETH ACT ONE

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Karen Griffiths

on 21 February 2015

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Transcript of CONSIDERING MACBETH ACT ONE

VIOLENCE
FEAR AND HORROR
GOOD AND EVIL
THE FEMALE GOTHIC
TRANSGRESSION
CONSIDERING ACT ONE
The battles of Macbeth: what quotes did you find?
The violence of the act the two are considering
Lady Macbeth's violence?
IMPACT?
LINKS WITH OTHER TEXTS?
Is anyone 'good'? How are they described?
Who is evil?
IMPACT?
OTHER TEXTS?
Killing the king?
Thinking such thoughts?
Violent promises?
IMPACT?
OTHER TEXTS?
The witches - supernatural? Gender?
Lady Macbeth - evil seductress?
IMPACT?
OTHER TEXTS?
Setting? Supernatural?
Violence?
Transgression?
CONTEXT?
OTHER TEXTS?
SUPERNATURAL
Witches?
Lady Macbeth?
IMPACT?
OTHER TEXTS?
ACT TWO...
Read the opening exchange between Fleance and Banquo:

Think about the following:
How Fleance's presence reminds us of the prophecies
How tension and fear is created through setting
Other gothic elements referred to in this exchange
Shakespeare's use of irony
MACBETH ENTERS
How does Macbeth's entrance intensify the tension?

Consider how Shakespeare uses language and dramatic form.

In small groups, consider the DAGGER speech. Listen to the reading and then annotate as closely as you can paying attention to language, form and structure.

Think about the structure of the speech, how does it portray McB state of mind?
The second act is devoted entirely to the death of Duncan. In terms of dramatic structure this act is THE COMPLICATING ACTION. This scene can be divided into three parts - what are they?
STRETCH AND CHALLENGE
http://bardweb.net/content/readings/macbeth/lines.html
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