English Literature / Drama GCSE: Macbeth - Act 2, Scene 2 - Bloody Daggers

Macbeth has committed the murder and is overcome with guilt and fear.

Lady Macbeth tries to reassure him and to oversee the unfinished business of murder.

Noises and a knocking at the door unsettle them both.

PLEASE NOTE: This scene contains sequences 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 is essential viewing for students studying 'Macbeth', especially when considering the implications of this key scene.

Before watching the scene, ask your students to look out for personal moments of crisis for Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.

Ask them to also consider what the turning point of the scene is.

Ask them to share their observations after watching the scene. What do they feel the turning point is?

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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