Today was my English Lit mock exam. I did a question on Macbeth and Christmas Carol. I’m predicted 7s and 8s, and so far have been getting 6s and the occasional 7.
The question for Macbeth was to explore how Shakespeare presented attitudes of the supernatural by using Macbeth and Banquo. The given extract being the conversation between Banquo and Macbeth after the witches prophecy of Thane of Cawdor/Glamis coming true.
Points I made:
• Macbeth in the beginning of the play was skeptical about the Witches- he was intrigued, curious by the prophecies they were making.
•Banquo was also ambitious, and he was also curious. But some might say he was more wary of The Witches as he didn’t question them as much. (Similar to a Jacobean audience reaction)
•In the extract, Banquo describes them as ‘instruments of darkness’- the metaphor represents the witches as objects of hell and evil.
Banquo is now fully skeptical of the witches, etc.
•Macbeth is elated- he questions the witches evil nature, and prompts it as good instead. He trusts the Witches, trusts the supernatural- this would make the Jacobean audience question the sanity of their ‘brave’ protagonist.
•Then I talked about Macbeth later on in the play: how he depended on The Witches for reassurance, how he yearned and how he was driven to insanity. How he went out of his way to find the witches and ask the questions that have been running through his mind. I made the prompt that Shakespeare wanted to create a terrifying and different insight: that the supernatural was an addiction. Macbeth, with his vaulting, used the words of The Witches to soothe him, reassure him.
What do you guys think? What grade would you give? Any tips for upcoming exams? Thanks
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