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Y11 Macbeth – Act 2 Scene 2 AO grid

Analysis task:

How does Shakespeare create tension throughout Act 2 Scene 2?

You should write about:

  • How the scene begins and how the characters talk to each other
  • How Shakespeare reveals Macbeth’s state of mind
  • How Lady Macbeth takes control of the situation and what this shows about her character
  • How Shakespeare uses the off-stage knocking to intensify the suspense
  • How an audience would respond to both characters throughout this scene

Dont forget AO2 – refer to Shakespeare’s language (for example the recurring images of sleep, death, blood etc) and have a go at structure – see below for guidance:


AND – here’s a specific one for act 2 scene 2




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