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Writing about Macbeth

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What to write about

The Revision Bites in this section focus on some of the areas which are the most popular and interesting to write about -

  • the characters of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth and how they change throughout the play
  • the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth and how it changes
  • the witches - what part do they play in the tragedy?
  • who is to blame for the tragedy?

The most important thing to remember, though, is that an examiner, or the teacher who marks your work, will be looking to see if you have made up your own mind about the play. Have you got a personal view of the text?

This doesn't mean that everyone's answer will have to be different or say something that's never been thought of before. It just means that the examiner needs to know if you can -

  • develop the points you make (can you say more than one thing about each character?)
  • link the points you make together
  • choose evidence (quotations) to illustrate your points?

In this respect, your essays on Macbeth — and any other literature — have a lot in common with the discursive essays you have completed in class for your folio.

If you can do this you'll be heading for a good grade. Now all you have to do is decide what you want to write about!

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