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L.Macbeth and Laboratory success

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N Dorking

on 28 June 2013

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Transcript of L.Macbeth and Laboratory success

Explore how disturbed characters are presented in Macbeth and The Laboratory.
What do we mean by disturbed?
Who are the characters we are focusing on?
Are these themes still relevant today?
Paragraph 1 - example
Enjambment: When there is no punctuation at the end of the line to create a flow onto the next line.

Anapaestic Metre: Emphasis on the 3rd syllable.

Iambic Pentameter: Emphasis on the 2nd syllable (like a heartbeat).

Rhyme Scheme: The rhyme at the end of lines, measured using the alphabet. E.g. and AABB rhyme scheme.
Key Words
You get 4 hours of writing time.
You will get blank copies of the poem and use the black Macbeth books.
There is no word limit, but make sure you don't waffle on with nonsense!
You ALL need to be aiming for Band 4 and higher.
Paragraph on Lady Macbeth
Similarly/On the other hand, in the Laboratory....
Furthermore, in Macbeth...
Alternatively/in the same way, in The Laboratory....

How to structure your essay:

Use of quotes to back up points and embedded into the essay.
Comments on language AND structure in each paragraph with explanations of how this adds to the disturbed character.
Similarities and differences between the two texts identified.
Quotes chosen that are suitable and can be commented on in-depth.
Checklist for Band 4
Throughout literature, and across the centuries, the presence of disturbed characters in texts have persisted to add interest to stories with comments on the stability of the human mind. Following the dictionary's definition of 'disturbed' as, 'Showing signs or symptoms of mental or emotional illness,' this essay will focus on the characters of Lady Macbeth, from Shakespeare's Scottish play 'Macbeth', and the female voice from Robert Browning's poem 'The Laboratory'. Within both texts, themes of murder, power and remorse are questioned, as the writers present their characters as truly disturbed.



Lady Macbeth
Primarily, Shakespeare presents Lady Macbeth as a disturbed character through her hunger for power and desire for the death of King Duncan.
This is shown as she begins to obsess over persuading Macbeth to kill Duncan: "Hie thee hither,/ That I may pour my spirits in thine ear". Continuing to comment on the need to lose her female morals in order to carry out the act, as she begs the spirits to, "unsex me here,"
Shakespeare's use of 'pour my spirits' emphasizes the power balance in the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, as the verb 'pour' implies Macbeth's lack of choice but to listen to his wife and her desires. Furthermore, with the play set in the 11th Century, a time in which we expect females to be complacent, Lady Macbeth's desire to have the power and mentality of a male, with the use of 'unsex', provides an indication of the mental state of the woman Shakespeare has created; she lacks morals and wishes to lose them further in order for her husband to commit murder. As these quotes come from Lay Macbeth's soliloquy, we know that she is talking to herself in order to allow the audience access to her thoughts.
Whilst this allows the audience access to her mind, it is a personal account of her thoughts and we are yet to find out how Macbeth will respond to his wife's ideas. Similarly, The Laboratory presents us with only one person's point of view.
Band 5:
Key Words
To reach Band 5 your essay needs to be original and thoughtful. It should sound sophisticated and professional, with a mature understanding of what is means to be 'disturbed' and the implications upon society.
Consider why the writers wanted to include disturbed characters in their texts and the message they may have wanted to get across.
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