This summer class covers Act 2 of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Each day chronologically continues through the play to assist students’ awareness of Jacobean context, plot progression, use of language and audience responses. It is designed for Year 10s & 11s who are new to the play but want to gain a solid understanding before returning in September.
1st Aug - 5th Aug
11am - 12pm
5 sessions total
8th Aug - 12th Aug
9:30am - 10:30am
5 sessions total
Loyalty and Duty. As Macbeth prepares to commit the most disloyal act imaginable for Jacobean society Banquo and Fleance display their mutual duty to one another in Fleance’s filial respect for his father and Banquo’s paternal care for his son. This session will reflect upon Shakespeare’s use of symbolism, figurative language and staging.
Guilt and Gender. This hour’s extract depicts the tense guilty atmosphere that the Macbeths experience moments after carrying out King Duncan’s regicide. We will consider the significance of gender and religion in relation to the guilt that the Macbeths feel, looking at staging, atmosphere, symbolism and foreboding.
Religion and Tension. Scenes 2 & 3 of the second Act bring the notion of consequences and religion into sharper focus. The haunting guilt that the Macbeths evidently feel within Scene 2 is clear but the Porter’s supposed light comedy cannot alleviate audiences’ awareness of the horrifying event.
Deceit and Disorder. Act 2 Scene 3 shows Macduff’s horrified discovery of Duncan’s corpse, the Macbeth couple’s deceitful scheme begin and the social disorder that follows an unjust regicide. We will consider the significance of figurative language and context, along with the importance of stage directions and tone of voice.
Authority and Suspicion. Towards the end of Act 5 the Old Man, Ross and Macduff discuss the strangeness of events after Duncan’s abrupt death. After reading the extract aloud we will note the importance of minor characters, figurative language, the motif of birds within the play and the theme of appearance versus reality.
PhD student & seminar teacher at Uni of Bristol Passionate 5★ English Lit & Lang tutor for over 3 years, supplying 1-to-1 tuition & weekly classes (1-to-1 rate £40 an hour). ✓ Y10, GCSE & A-Level students WELCOME! ✓ AQA & Edexcel