English Literature / Drama GCSE: Macbeth - Act 2, Scene 2 - Rhythm of the language (workshop)

The cast discuss iambic pentameter and explore the rhythm of Shakespeare’s language.

The cast discover that the rhythm of the lines creates an atmosphere of urgency and desperation.

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

Teacher Notes

This short film could be used to illustrate the dramatic difference that can be made by adjusting the rhythm or pace of line delivery.

To reinforce the points made here, your students could also be shown excerpts from calm, busy and tense scenes from films, television or filmed theatre, noting down how the rhythm and pace of the characters' language changes.

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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