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    I'm in Year 8 and we have been asked to answer a GCSE Style question about Macbeth. The question is:
    " Explain what Act 1, Scene 7 tells us about the characters of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. What is troubling Macbeth at the beginning of the scene and how does Lady Macbeth persuade him to go through with the murder?"

    Here is my introduction:

    Act 1,Scene 7 is undoubtedly one of the most significant and prominent scenes in Macbeth as it is the scene in which Duncan's murder is prepared. As we know, the death of Duncan and the subsequent rise of Macbeth is a crucial plot point, and it is within this scene that we get to see Macbeth battling his inner demons about his reservations of the murder; we also get to see Lady Macbeth's ambitious, evil side become more apparent than in previous scenes. This scene is particularly interesting as it shows Lady Macbeth, a woman, being rude and manipulative. In the 17th century, the Shakespearean audience wouldn't be desensitized to this behavior as we are, so Lady Macbeth's behavior would come as a tremendous shock! This only adds to the tension between Macbeth and his wife in this scene.

    Our Key Criteria is :What is the function of this scene inrelation to the rest of the play. What has happened before this scene and what could happen after. Why is this scene particularly significant? Consider plot,structure,characters,themes and dramatic effects.
    How can I improve? Does the intro include too much "waffling" Advice please!
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    (Original post by beingalearner)
    I'm in Year 8 and we have been asked to answer a GCSE Style question about Macbeth. The question is:
    " Explain what Act 1, Scene 7 tells us about the characters of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. What is troubling Macbeth at the beginning of the scene and how does Lady Macbeth persuade him to go through with the murder?"

    Here is my introduction:

    Act 1,Scene 7 is undoubtedly one of the most significant and prominent scenes in Macbeth as it is the scene in which Duncan's murder is prepared. As we know, the death of Duncan and the subsequent rise of Macbeth is a crucial plot point, and it is within this scene that we get to see Macbeth battling his inner demons about his reservations of the murder; we also get to see Lady Macbeth's ambitious, evil side become more apparent than in previous scenes. This scene is particularly interesting as it shows Lady Macbeth, a woman, being rude and manipulative. In the 17th century, the Shakespearean audience wouldn't be desensitized to this behavior as we are, so Lady Macbeth's behavior would come as a tremendous shock! This only adds to the tension between Macbeth and his wife in this scene.

    Our Key Criteria is :What is the function of this scene inrelation to the rest of the play. What has happened before this scene and what could happen after. Why is this scene particularly significant? Consider plot,structure,characters,themes and dramatic effects.
    How can I improve? Does the intro include too much "waffling" Advice please!
    I've moved this to the English forum for you

    This is quite impressive writing for year 8, so good job on that In terms of what you've written, that's a perfectly good GCSE introduction. However, at this level your introduction is not the most important thing to think about - you should focus more on how you develop your actual analysis I'd recommend maybe 2 or 3 paragraphs of analysis and a conclusion
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    (Original post by beingalearner)
    I'm in Year 8 and we have been asked to answer a GCSE Style question about Macbeth. The question is:
    " Explain what Act 1, Scene 7 tells us about the characters of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. What is troubling Macbeth at the beginning of the scene and how does Lady Macbeth persuade him to go through with the murder?"

    Here is my introduction:

    Act 1,Scene 7 is undoubtedly one of the most significant and prominent scenes in Macbeth as it is the scene in which Duncan's murder is prepared. As we know, the death of Duncan and the subsequent rise of Macbeth is a crucial plot point, and it is within this scene that we get to see Macbeth battling his inner demons about his reservations of the murder; we also get to see Lady Macbeth's ambitious, evil side become more apparent than in previous scenes. This scene is particularly interesting as it shows Lady Macbeth, a woman, being rude and manipulative. In the 17th century, the Shakespearean audience wouldn't be desensitized to this behavior as we are, so Lady Macbeth's behavior would come as a tremendous shock! This only adds to the tension between Macbeth and his wife in this scene.

    Our Key Criteria is :What is the function of this scene inrelation to the rest of the play. What has happened before this scene and what could happen after. Why is this scene particularly significant? Consider plot,structure,characters,themes and dramatic effects.
    How can I improve? Does the intro include too much "waffling" Advice please!
    Your intro is great
    Based on the criteria though, I'd say the last sentence - from 'In the 17th century' onwards is a bit too much and you could probably mention that in later paragraphs with some insightful interpretation/explanation
    Either way, you could still keep it in the intro and then explain the effect it has on the reader later on
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    I've moved this to the English forum for you

    This is quite impressive writing for year 8, so good job on that In terms of what you've written, that's a perfectly good GCSE introduction. However, at this level your introduction is not the most important thing to think about - you should focus more on how you develop your actual analysis I'd recommend maybe 2 or 3 paragraphs of analysis and a conclusion

    Thank you for helping me
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    Your intro is great
    Based on the criteria though, I'd say the last sentence - from 'In the 17th century' onwards is a bit too much and you could probably mention that in later paragraphs with some insightful interpretation/explanation
    Either way, you could still keep it in the intro and then explain the effect it has on the reader later on
    Thanks for your help
 
 
 
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