English Literature / Drama GCSE: Macbeth - Act 1, Scene 7 - Persuading Macbeth (workshop)

Lady Macbeth persuades her husband to change his mind and kill the king.

PLEASE NOTE: This short film contains strong language which some people may find upsetting. Teacher review is recommended prior to use in class.

This short film is from the BBC series, Shakespeare Unlocked.

Teacher Notes

This short film could be used as a clear analysis of Lady Macbeth's persuasive techniques and a window to the Macbeth's relationship.

Before watching the workshop, ask your students to think about how people behave when having an argument with someone that they care about.

In pairs, note down suggestions under the following headings:

  • What kinds of things do people say to each other when they quarrel?

  • Do they say things that they don’t mean?

  • Things they wouldn’t normally say?

  • If you were trying to persuade someone you really liked to do something, what kind of strategies would you use to persuade them?

  • Would you get angry if this person changed their mind about a promise they had given you?

All these questions are relevant to the scene.

After watching the workshop, students can decide if the Macbeths behave in the same way as they had predicted.

Ask students to think about words they would use to describe the Macbeth's relationship up to the start of Act 1, Scene 7.

Ask students to select words they would use to describe the Macbeth's relationship in this production.

Curriculum Notes

This short film is suitable for teaching GCSE English literature and drama in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 4/ 5 in Scotland.

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