This third Summer of Shakespeare class covers Act 3 of the Jacobean tragedy play Macbeth. Each day chronologically charts a new scene to pay attention to key quotes and important contextual points so that students may effectively study the play. It is designed for Year 10s & 11s who are new to the play and want to gain a solid understanding before returning in September.
8th Aug - 12th Aug
11am - 12pm
5 sessions total
15th Aug - 19th Aug
9:30am - 10:30am
5 sessions total
Judgement and Suspicion. Suspicions are running high by Act 3 of the play. As a clear role model for loyalty and responsibility, Banquo displays a strong awareness of morality at the start of Act 3. This session will reflect upon Shakespeare’s use of atmosphere, figurative language and the importance of private opinions versus public appearances.
Fear and Sin. By this scene, Macbeth has realised that he has lost control over his own spiral of sinful ‘deeds’. Lady Macbeth also begins to fear that they are losing control over the plotting and sin. In this hour we will consider Shakespeare’s use of figurative language, references to religion, and the relationship between two fearful sinners.
Morality and Symbolism. This hour covers the murderer characters in the play: we will discuss the themes of morality, guilt, and identity, focusing upon the dramatic techniques of symbolism, pathetic fallacy and references to animals. We will practice incorporating quotes from elsewhere to develop an effective planning approach.
Tyranny and Duty. We will consider Shakespeare’s use of staging, irony and context as Macbeth’s descent into guilty madness strains his new identity as a suitable king and respected husband. Lady Macbeth dutifully struggles to lessen the Lords’ suspicion of Macbeth’s when her increasingly tyrannical husband spirals out of control.
Supernatural and Blame. While Hecate blames the witches for leading Macbeth to sin without her permission, Lennox and a Lord discuss whether the princes are truly to blame for Duncan’s regicide, exposing a countrywide suspicion that Macbeth is responsible for unnatural events since. We will focus on the use of characters, plot, rhyming and motifs.
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