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  • 1. Things to think about when writing your coursework. Feedback from PEE paragraphs.
  • 2.
    • Aim to write about one key idea per PEE paragraph.
    • Don’t try to fit too much in all at once it prevents you from analysing in detail which is required for higher grades.
  • 3.
    • Remember the question you are being asked. What is Macbeth’s state of mind should be the part of the question addressed by the ‘point’ part of your paragraph.
    • Your language analysis comes in your explanation because you should be explaining how your quote supports your opinion of Macbeth’s state of mind.
  • 4.
    • Aim for really close analysis of one key quote per paragraph.
    • Don’t try to fit lots of quotes into one paragraph as it leads to story telling.
  • 5.
    • Be careful about your phrasing of ideas. Cut the waffle and irrelevant comments:
    • e.g. this makes the audience sit on the edge of their seats.
    • The writer Shakespeare…
    • NO!!!!!!
  • 6.
    • Be careful that what you are writing is accurate. Phrases like:
    • Shakespeare uses layers of meaning…
    • This is not accurate!
  • 7.
    • Language analysis:
    • Shakespeare uses repetition to show how guilty he is.
    • Sibilance is used to show regret.
    • This is NOT language analysis you need to explain how these effects work!
  • 8.
    • Great Chain of Being
    • This is a theory that can be used to help explain events following the murder of the king.
    • Be very careful how you use it. It needs to be used to support your own ideas/interpretations.
    • ‘ Macbeth’s murder of King Duncan has disrupted the natural order of man, causing disruption and chaos in the world around him. This can be explained further by the Great Chain of Being. This theory suggested that…’
  • 9.
    • Paralysis.
    • ‘ This is a sorry sight’ is the first indication that Macbeth is looking at his hands.
    • Be careful how you phrase this.
    • In order to suggest Macbeth is paralysed you need to make connections/references to other parts of the scene in which he refers to his hands. TO SHOW THAT HE HAS NOT MOVED ON.
  • 10.
    • Don’t repeat yourself! Saying the same idea over and over again in different ways will not get you more marks.
  • 11.
    • Sleep-
    • Why is it so important?
    • Suggests he is no longer innocent
    • Duncan murdered in his sleep
    • Scotland’s sleep disturbed.
    • Sleep is a necessity-suggests future problems/downfall.
    • Lack of sleep predicted by the witches in Act 1 scene 3
    • ‘ sleep shall neither night nor day…he shall live a man forbid.’
  • 12.
    • Ambitious/brave?
    • Can Macbeth be described like this in this scene?????
    • You can compare how he was at the start of the play to how he appears in this scene.
  • 13.
    • How does Shakespeare show the response of Macbeth to the murder of King Duncan in Act II Scene ii of Macbeth?
    • GOOD LUCK!