Miss Dunn’s English Literature: Macbeth

Context


Vocabulary

Introduction to Shakespeare: Tier 3 Terminology

Macbeth: Tier 2 Vocabulary Week 1 Quizizz

Macbeth: Tier 2 Vocabulary Week 2 Quizizz


Analysis

Act 1 Scene 1: The Witches

Using the PETER Support effectively: You should select one option from each box, if there is only one option then please select this. Read each choice carefully and pick on that will fit best for your paragraph. Each selection you make will give you a coherent sentence structure. Make sure you insert any techniques and also complete the ellipsis where necessary. This should give you a really strong start on your PETER analysis.


Act 1 Scene 3


Exemplar Analysis

The Witches

Although the play is named Macbeth, the opening act raises the question of whether the witches have more power than its eponymous hero. The second witch predicts that they will encounter Macbeth “upon the heath” , and this is soon confirmed to be uncannily true when he appears in Act 1, Scene 3 “upon” what he likewise calls “this blasted heath”. Alongside other examples, the similarity of these phrases begins to shed light on the remarkable power that the witches wield. The unusual juxtaposition of adjectives in Macbeth’s first line – “So foul and fair a day”- refers to how he feels conflicting emotions about the “foul” stormy weather despite their “fair” victory in battle; however, it also alludes back to the witches’ paradoxical chant of “Fair is foul, and foul is fair”. Should this be interpreted as a coincidental accident, genuine foresight or telepathic influence? If the Jacobean audience predominantly agreed with their king’s view on the threat of witchcraft – ‘such assaultes of Sathan are most certainly practized’ – Daemonologie; it is likely that they would have apprehensively leaned towards the latter supernatural interpretations. The witches are thereby imbued with the power to potentially manipulate how Macbeth both thinks and communicates, allowing them to play with his growing ambition and moral confusion.


Act 1 Scene 5


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