This class explores the major themes and key moments within Shakespeare’s Jacobean play Macbeth. Each hour is designed to help students consider key themes in more detail, and carefully consider the importance of context, staging, props, and audiences in poignant moments of this powerful play.
Tuesday 22nd February at 6:45 PM 60 mins
This 31-line extract shows the moment when Macbeth and Banquo are approached by three prophetic witches on the Scottish heathland. We will read the extract aloud as a group before considering Shakespeare’s use of punctuation, lines, formal language, figurative language and double meanings.
Tuesday 1st March at 6:45 PM 60 mins
Act 2 Scene 3 depicts the discovery of King Duncan’s murder, as everyone’s loyalties become suspect and the Macbeths conceal their ambitious, treacherous guilt. We will consider characters’ actions and interactions onstage, their tone of voice, and the importance of speaking aloud versus in asides.
Tuesday 8th March at 6:45 PM 60 mins
The banquet scene brings Jacobean gender codes into fresh focus, as the Macbeths respond to their crimes in disturbing ways. This extract provides ample opportunity for students to think more carefully about how they can incorporate instances from elsewhere in the play to enrich their own arguments.
Tuesday 15th March at 6:45 PM 60 mins
By Act 4 Scene 1, Macbeth begins to delude himself into assuming that, as king, he holds the ultimate authority and power, especially over the witches. This extract question drives students to consider how stage directions, costume, tone of voice and gesture impacts meaning and effects onstage.
Tuesday 22nd March at 6:45 PM 60 mins
Lady Macbeth’s sleepwalking confession scene of Act 5 Scene 1 is a striking example of guilt’s consequences. Focusing on figurative language, stage directions, and minor characters, we will examine two Act 5 extracts about Lady Macbeth, thinking about how to compare the attitudes of both monarchs.
PhD student & Seminar Teacher (University of Bristol) ★ Weekly sessions for 2021-22 ★ ✓ Year 10, GCSE & A Level students WELCOME! ✓ AQA and Edexcel Lit & Lang tuition ~ MRes, 2018 ~ 1:1 BaHons, 2017