English Literature / Drama GCSE: Macbeth - Act 5, Scene 1 - Sleepwalking

The doctor and lady-in-waiting witness Lady Macbeth sleepwalking.

Mottled lighting and a gloomy set create an oppressive atmosphere as Lady Macbeth appears haunted by remorse.

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

Teacher Notes

This short film might provoke further discussion on the character of Lady Macbeth and the consequences of her actions on her sanity.

In pairs, ask your students to discuss how Lady Macbeth is different from the way she has been in earlier scenes.

What is the actress doing physically and vocally that helps her to achieve this change?

What do her words suggest about her secrets?

Can the doctor and lady-in-waiting guess exactly what she has done? What else might they suspect?

Ask students to write a doctor's report on Lady Macbeth as a patient. What might he conclude about her illness?

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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