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How is macbeth presented at various points of the play?
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How is macbeth presented at various points of the play?
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https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guide...v4j/revision/2 - targeted at AQA exam board
https://www.ukessays.com/essays/engl...ture-essay.php - it gives a really good sample essay.
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English is how you interpret a character, in my eyes, he is fragile and not powerful as he was in the play. You could also link it to other characters like how lady macbeth is a supposed weakness in his eyes or whatever lol.
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There's a lot of different traits which Macbeth shows through his character throughout the play, maybe choose 3 or 4 and write about them (each in a separate paragraph). I'd recommend choosing things that you know the most quotations for!

If you're struggling to think of some, I'd recommend LitCharts or the CGP revision guide if you have it. I'd personally write about ambition, violence etc.
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English is how you interpret a character, in my eyes, he is fragile and not powerful as he was in the play. You could also link it to other characters like how lady macbeth is a supposed weakness in his eyes or whatever lol.
Or you could link how Macbeth is the polar opposite of Malcolm- Macbeth is ruthless and cruel, whereas Malcolm is an honest man who has all the attributes of a good leader. Plus Malcolm is the rightful heir to the throne, and Macbeth is a cheat.

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Or you could link how Macbeth is the polar opposite of Malcolm- Macbeth is ruthless and cruel, whereas Malcolm is an honest man who has all the attributes of a good leader. Plus Malcolm is the rightful heir to the throne, and Macbeth is a cheat.

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could you help me on a 25marker about this question?
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could you help me on a 25marker about this question?
Sure, what sorts of points are you thinking about writing so far? Or do you wanna brainstorm some instead
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Sure, what sorts of points are you thinking about writing so far? Or do you wanna brainstorm some instead
It's a 25 marker, the full question is:
Write about Macbeth and how he is Presented at various points in the play

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Like I need a long response for this
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Aim for six concise paragraphs. Describe them in great detail.
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Hahah thanks 😂

Ok so its been a couple years since I was in Y11 but our teacher always recommended 1 point per paragraph. Do you know how many paragraphs you usually are asked to write for a 25 marker? (I'm asking because I genuinely can't remember this myself). If I had to guess maybe somewhere between 3-5, depending how much you can develop your points (if you tend to write a lot, stick to 3 paragraphs). Also idk if your teacher recommends doing introductions/ conclusions, the advice seems to vary depending on who your teacher is. I think my teacher used to recommend doing them. Anyway this is what I would be thinking:

Introduction: Write 1-2 brief sentences about Macbeth being presented as a complex character throughout the play. His character does change throughout the play, after all (maybe this could be a starting point for you, pick out a couple of traits which he shows in each act). Probably a good idea to make reference to the way in which Shakespeare achieves this, so just say something simple about him using language, form, and structure to do this. But steer clear of using any context or quotations at this point, since you want to be able to use these in your later paragraphs.

ALSO THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR YOUR NEXT POINTS- ALWAYS LINK YOUR POINT BACK TO THE QUESTION!!!

Paragraph 1 (point 1): I would start off with something simple, so talk about one of the main traits of Macbeth. If you had to describe Macbeth in one word, what would it be? This should be your first point. Some people might suggest starting with a quirky point which other people wouldn't ordinarily think of, but this is pretty silly because the examiner might think that you're not aware of Macbeth's main character features (personally I would choose ambition). It's also essential that you use lots of quotations in your paragraph- aim for at least 3 per paragraph. Analyse your quotations, and use appropriate context where possible (it might not be possible for every quotation, but try and put at least 1 piece of context per paragraph). It's easy to talk about language, but don't forget about form and structure too.

Paragraph 2 (point 2): You could talk about another one of Macbeth's main traits or something a bit more abstract, if you're desperate to do that. I can't recommend LitCharts & your revision guide enough for thinking of these character features, I'm sure you'll also find some more points on the web and in your class notes if you're really struggling. I don't wanna give you a fixed answer because your teacher can look online and if she found that you followed this structure entirely then you'd probably get in trouble 😂 Again, don't forget to include context, quotations, and analyse them for language, form, and structure.

Paragraph 3 (point 3): If this is gonna be your last paragraph, then I'd definitely recommend that you write about a more abstract point, if you've got one. I'm talking about the sorts of things a couple of us mentioned above, like how Macbeth could be contrasted with Malcolm, OR about how he acts towards other characters like Lady Macbeth, how he considers her as weak in the final acts. Follow the same advice with writing about language, form, structure etc.

Paragraphs 4 & 5: It's not essential that you write these, only if you feel like you have some other good points to make, or if you haven't been able to expand on your previous points much. The absolute pain with GCSE English is that you're SO pressed for time, so I recommend that you try writing this essay under timed conditions and see how much time you have left. If you have lots of time, NEVER waste it and write another point.

Conclusion: I never really understood the point of conclusions, they feel like a waste of time. Examiners love them though, so its worth writing a couple lines if it makes them happy. Basically just reiterate the generic point that you said in your intro, about how Macbeth changes his character throughout the play or that he's a complex character. Don't introduce any new points here as it will look messy.

----Anyway best of luck with your essay, I hope your teacher likes it. English GCSE does suck a lot, and I absolutely hated it when I was in Y11, but now I strangely miss it- maybe you will too!
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How is macbeth presented at various points of the play?
you could also include how he was presented like a coward and not as masculine in lady m's eyes and then progressed to being a vile monstrous character, but he was heavily dependent on lady m firstly.
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Hahah thanks 😂

Ok so its been a couple years since I was in Y11 but our teacher always recommended 1 point per paragraph. Do you know how many paragraphs you usually are asked to write for a 25 marker? (I'm asking because I genuinely can't remember this myself). If I had to guess maybe somewhere between 3-5, depending how much you can develop your points (if you tend to write a lot, stick to 3 paragraphs). Also idk if your teacher recommends doing introductions/ conclusions, the advice seems to vary depending on who your teacher is. I think my teacher used to recommend doing them. Anyway this is what I would be thinking:

Introduction: Write 1-2 brief sentences about Macbeth being presented as a complex character throughout the play. His character does change throughout the play, after all (maybe this could be a starting point for you, pick out a couple of traits which he shows in each act). Probably a good idea to make reference to the way in which Shakespeare achieves this, so just say something simple about him using language, form, and structure to do this. But steer clear of using any context or quotations at this point, since you want to be able to use these in your later paragraphs.

ALSO THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR YOUR NEXT POINTS- ALWAYS LINK YOUR POINT BACK TO THE QUESTION!!!

Paragraph 1 (point 1): I would start off with something simple, so talk about one of the main traits of Macbeth. If you had to describe Macbeth in one word, what would it be? This should be your first point. Some people might suggest starting with a quirky point which other people wouldn't ordinarily think of, but this is pretty silly because the examiner might think that you're not aware of Macbeth's main character features (personally I would choose ambition). It's also essential that you use lots of quotations in your paragraph- aim for at least 3 per paragraph. Analyse your quotations, and use appropriate context where possible (it might not be possible for every quotation, but try and put at least 1 piece of context per paragraph). It's easy to talk about language, but don't forget about form and structure too.

Paragraph 2 (point 2): You could talk about another one of Macbeth's main traits or something a bit more abstract, if you're desperate to do that. I can't recommend LitCharts & your revision guide enough for thinking of these character features, I'm sure you'll also find some more points on the web and in your class notes if you're really struggling. I don't wanna give you a fixed answer because your teacher can look online and if she found that you followed this structure entirely then you'd probably get in trouble 😂 Again, don't forget to include context, quotations, and analyse them for language, form, and structure.

Paragraph 3 (point 3): If this is gonna be your last paragraph, then I'd definitely recommend that you write about a more abstract point, if you've got one. I'm talking about the sorts of things a couple of us mentioned above, like how Macbeth could be contrasted with Malcolm, OR about how he acts towards other characters like Lady Macbeth, how he considers her as weak in the final acts. Follow the same advice with writing about language, form, structure etc.

Paragraphs 4 & 5: It's not essential that you write these, only if you feel like you have some other good points to make, or if you haven't been able to expand on your previous points much. The absolute pain with GCSE English is that you're SO pressed for time, so I recommend that you try writing this essay under timed conditions and see how much time you have left. If you have lots of time, NEVER waste it and write another point.

Conclusion: I never really understood the point of conclusions, they feel like a waste of time. Examiners love them though, so its worth writing a couple lines if it makes them happy. Basically just reiterate the generic point that you said in your intro, about how Macbeth changes his character throughout the play or that he's a complex character. Don't introduce any new points here as it will look messy.

----Anyway best of luck with your essay, I hope your teacher likes it. English GCSE does suck a lot, and I absolutely hated it when I was in Y11, but now I strangely miss it- maybe you will too!
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