English Literature / Drama GCSE: Macbeth - Act 1, Scene 7 - Whether to kill the king (workshop)

Michael Boyd and Jonathan Slinger rehearse Macbeth’s soliloquy.

They consider the distinction between assassination and murder and unpick key images in the speech.

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

Teacher Notes

This short film could be used to introduce the dramatic method of the soliloquy.

Influenced by a text or play they are studying, as your students to write a soliloquy for a character of their choice.

A soliloquy often reveals the character's thoughts to the audience as an aside, without revealing them to the other characters.

What is really going through their character's mind?

Your students could then perform their soliloquies, and class discussions can follow on how the students have different interpretations of the characters' inner lives.

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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