English Literature KS3 / GCSE: Conflict in Shakespeare

A look at the different examples of how Shakespeare uses the theme of conflict within his plays.

In 'Julius Caesar', Brutus must deal with a conflict of loyalty, in 'Macbeth', a moral conflict takes centre stage, whilst in 'Othello', a conflict of jealousy destroys a relationship.

Through the many tragedies he wrote, Shakespeare illustrates the dreadful consequences of conflict.

This clip is from the series Shakespeare Themes.

Teacher Notes

Students could focus on a particular Shakespeare play and find examples of when characters have made decisions based on conflict.

Students could explore the different kinds of conflict in Shakespeare's plays, from the conflict of loyalty to a friend or to your country in 'Julius Caesar', to the moral conflict of 'Macbeth', and manipulated conflict of 'Othello'.

This could be linked to historical and modern day conflicts, with students set the challenge of finding examples of conflict in the real world that mirror what is explored in a Shakespeare play.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching English Literature at KS3 and KS4/GCSE in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Also 3rd and 4th level in Scotland.

This topic appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC, CCEA and SQA.