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    I have to write a 20 mark essay for homework on Macbeth and I am unsure of how to structure my answer. The question is "Explain the importance of supernatural in the play". How would I structure this and what would I exactly write to get full marks? I do the Edexcel GCSE.
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    I have to write a 20 mark essay for homework on Macbeth and I am unsure of how to structure my answer. The question is "Explain the importance of supernatural in the play". How would I structure this and what would I exactly write to get full marks? I do the Edexcel GCSE.
    It's a couple of years ago now that I did my English Lit GCSE and I haven't studied Macbeth in any great depth, so I'm afraid this won't be too specific a response.

    General advice for the structure of an English essay, however, would be to start with a brief introduction. Keep it to a few lines, four or five at most, give an overview of why people pick up on the supernatural as important, or maybe outline a couple of the points you're going to discuss. For the main body of the essay, perhaps try for two or three good points, as it's only 20 marks. Outline the point at the beginning of each paragraph using the wording of the question: "One part of the play demonstrates the supernatural to be important where...." etc, then drop in a few quotes, zooming in on specific words and name dropping techniques where you can. Always try to consider the effect on the audience as you are doing this, why did Shakespeare choose to do this? (It might not be necessary, but it wouldn't hurt to mention a little bit about Elizabethan England - they were incredibly superstitious etc. Monarch had a fascination with witchcraft and Shakespeare was writing for the monarch). I always like to end the paragraph linking back to the question again, as it stops me from rambling. Then, don't forget to conclude. Keep it brief again, summing up the points you have made, perhaps suggesting which you think is the most significant and why. This demonstrates the clarity of response, that you've thought about what you've written in greater depth etc
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    It's a couple of years ago now that I did my English Lit GCSE and I haven't studied Macbeth in any great depth, so I'm afraid this won't be too specific a response.

    General advice for the structure of an English essay, however, would be to start with a brief introduction. Keep it to a few lines, four or five at most, give an overview of why people pick up on the supernatural as important, or maybe outline a couple of the points you're going to discuss. For the main body of the essay, perhaps try for two or three good points, as it's only 20 marks. Outline the point at the beginning of each paragraph using the wording of the question: "One part of the play demonstrates the supernatural to be important where...." etc, then drop in a few quotes, zooming in on specific words and name dropping techniques where you can. Always try to consider the effect on the audience as you are doing this, why did Shakespeare choose to do this? (It might not be necessary, but it wouldn't hurt to mention a little bit about Elizabethan England - they were incredibly superstitious etc. Monarch had a fascination with witchcraft and Shakespeare was writing for the monarch). I always like to end the paragraph linking back to the question again, as it stops me from rambling. Then, don't forget to conclude. Keep it brief again, summing up the points you have made, perhaps suggesting which you think is the most significant and why. This demonstrates the clarity of response, that you've thought about what you've written in greater depth etc
    Thankyou ever so much for being the only one to reply!😁 Those pointers do help a lot, thanks again
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    Thankyou ever so much for being the only one to reply!😁 Those pointers do help a lot, thanks again
    It's not a problem! I wish you all the best
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    (Original post by Sneedshelp)
    I have to write a 20 mark essay for homework on Macbeth and I am unsure of how to structure my answer. The question is "Explain the importance of supernatural in the play". How would I structure this and what would I exactly write to get full marks? I do the Edexcel GCSE.
    I can't guarantee it would get you full marks, but if I was given this question, this is how I would approach it.
    Start with the introduction. I'd say something along the lines of 'Shakespeare uses the theme of Supernatural in the play as a driving force for Macbeth's actions and subsequent downfall.' I would then kind of list the main ways he does this i.e. The Witches, his wife, his hallucinations.

    I would write probably 3/4 paragraphs, each one on a seperate use of Supernatural in the play and WHY it is important. Start with your strongest point and work from there.

    For example, you could say that it helps Shakespeare present Macbeth as a victim, not a villain. Use the example of the Witches - with the prophecies you could argue that they encouraged Macbeth to follow his ambition. In terms of Structure, say that the Witches are the first to appear in the play and so this establishes the importance of their role in the play and emphasises the significance of the supernatural. Don't forget the question is about why they are important though, so link back to orignial point.

    Then I might go on to say about Lady Macbeth and the 'evil spirits' she called on. The supernatural here helps her to escape the limitations of her gender (link to context) and was also able to follow her ambition and become truly evil, manipulating her husband into killing Duncan.

    Don't forget about context - supernatural themes would provoke great amounts of fear in a contemporary audience, especially with the Witches.

    These are just some of the things I would write about,, hope it kind of helps
    Remember to conclude by briefly summarising at the end.
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    As everyone in the comment have mentioned you need to start with an introduction. Make sure you say what you are going to focus on "in this essay i will represent the importance of supernatural beings in the play as a whole. i will highlight Shakespeare's intentions and give different interpretations regarding witchcraft..."

    In the marking scheme it says that you will get 5 marks for context, so make sure u add context where you can. High level essays will have reference to context throughout the play, where as other essay that get lower levels, have reference to context only in one paragraph. so make sure you refer to context not only in one paragraph, but don't spend too much time on it.

    Make sure you use evaluative words (PECS)(powerfully, eventually, creatively, successfully), by using this you will be evaluating the text.

    also use quotes or paraphrase them, but don't include long quotes.

    Aim to write 3 paragraphs excluding intro or conclusion which should only be 2-3 lines long.
 
 
 
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