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pdodd | Wednesday December 03, 2014

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Paper 1 - Section A - Shakespeare

1. Macbeth

Starting with the extract explain how Shakespeare presents Macbeth’s loss of control. (30+4 for AO4)

Answers might include some of the following:

AO1

  • Macbeth’s inability to conceal his distress in the extract
  • His obsession with the witches’ prophecies leading to a loss of control
  • The arrival of Banquo’s ghost and how this leads to a loss of control
  • His relationship with Lady Macbeth and how this changes in the play.

AO2

  • Macbeth’s use of language expressing despair in the extract
  • His use of imagery in the extract and the play to show his loss of control
  • How his language used to his wife changes in the play
  • How language links to the witches and the supernatural

AO3

  • Understanding the context of witchcraft and the supernatural
  • Ideas about soul, heaven and hell
  • Importance of power and status, the importance of strength in kingship
  • The lack of an heir and the implications of this
  • Contemporary and modern reception to this element of the play.

2. Romeo and Juliet

Starting with this extract, write about how Shakespeare presents the character of Mercutio as a friend and supporter of Romeo. (30+4 for AO4)

Answers might include some of the following:

AO1

  • Exploration of Mercutio’s role and function in this extract and the play as a whole as a friend and supporter of Romeo
  • His relationship with Benvolio and his refusal to back down in the extract
  • His cynical attitude to love, his pride, defiance and how he stands up for his friends in general
  • What his actions and decisions lead to in the play - Tybalt’s death and Romeo’s banishment.

AO2

  • His mocking language in the extract and his defiance and belligerence
  • His comic language in the play and how he entertains and adds light relief
  • His use of puns in the extract and the play
  • How his...

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