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11A1 – Macbeth – analysis of “two truths” section in act 1 scene 3

Here are a few slides which will help you with your analysis of this scene. I’m interested in your response across all AOs – this slide shows the breakdown and things you might include (thanks to Miss Jones for this as well):

screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-17-03-02Remember that the word level analysis is important but it’s also about balancing this with those comments on how the scene reflects key themes and ideas. Some of your comments in today’s lesson about MORAL DILEMMAS were particularly helpful. Also – that comment from Macbeth about “chance may crown me, without a stir” seems to hint at his unwillingness to commit an evil deed and instead hope for the best. This side of his character is, of course, criticised by Lady Macbeth in the following scenes (“I do fear thy nature, it is too full o’th’milk of human kindness … what thou wouldst highly,
That wouldst thou holily; wouldst not play false/And yet wouldst wrongly win” – in other words, “you want to be King but you’ve not got the erm – cojones – to go and get what you want”).

Here’s a couple of slides with some interpretations. Use these to check your own interpretations rather than as a replacement for your own work –  I don’t mind giving you this, but I want you to weave your ideas into a coherent answer using your own words…screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-17-03-19screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-17-03-27


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