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pdodd | Sunday January 05, 2014

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Component 1 - Section A - Shakespeare

1. Romeo and Juliet

(a) Look at how Juliet and her mother speak and behave here. What does it reveal to an audience about their relationship at this point in the play? Refer closely to details from the extract to support your answer.

This question assesses AO1 and AO2.

Responses may include:

AO1

  • An overview of how Juliet and her mother speak and behave.
  • Juliet’s feelings, her strength, her secrecy and her ability to hide these feelings and the language she uses throughout this extract.
  • Lady Capulet’s insensitivity to Juliet’s grief.
  • The awareness of social position in the extract.

AO2

  • Shakespeare’s use of language to reveal the relationship between the two.
  • The dramatic effect of the aside, use of terms such as loss, weep, villain etc.

(b) Explain the importance of revenge in the play and how it affects those involved.

This question assesses AO1, AO2 and AO4.

Responses may include:

AO1

  • The importance of the concept of feud and vendetta within the warring families.
  • Revenge as a common theme shown in the actions of Tybalt, Romeo seeking revenge after Mercutio’s death, the Prince foreshadowing vengeance early in the play etc.
  • Revenge leading to the tragedy of the play.
  • Friar Lawrence’s belief that he can bring the families together.

AO2

  • Comments on Shakespeare’s use of language in the presentation of revenge.
  • Dramatic effects and imagery around vengeance and violence.

AO4 - Spelling, punctuation and the use of vocabulary and sentence structures.

2. Macbeth

(a) What does this extract show an audience about Lady Macbeth and the control she holds at this point in the play? Refer closely to details from the extract to support your answer.

This question assesses AO1 and AO2.

Responses may include:

AO1

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