WELCOME TO YOUR Year 10 English WEB PAGE!
Term 4 – 2015
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FIRST – A FEW QUOTES AND ANALYSIS 🙂
Let not light see my black and deep desires (Macbeth)
- Contrast “light / black”
- Alliteration (LL & DD)
- Metaphor “light” = the goodness of King Duncan
- Inversion (sentence should be ‘normally’ structured as “don’t let the light see my black desires”)
—After being honored by King Duncan, Macbeth wrestles with his desire to murder him. à First step into the guilt and paranoia that leads Macbeth to his final demise.
Methought I heard a voice cry “Sleep no more!
Macbeth does murder sleep,” the innocent sleep, (Macbeth)
- Repetition of negative images of “sleep”
- Inner monologue “methought I heard”
- Imperative (use of exclamation mark after more!)
- Contrast of “murder” and “innocent”
- Hyperbole and connotation of – “murder sleep”
—After murdering King Duncan, Macbeth fears that he will never sleep again.
I am in blood
Stepp’d in so far that, should I wade no more,
Returning were as tedious as go o’er (Macbeth)
- Metaphor – “blood stepped in so far (so deep) that should I wade no more” (drown)
— Macbeth compares his murderous actions to a river of blood from which he cannot escape. After telling his wife that he will visit the witches again, Macbeth reflects that there is no turning back from his evil course.
VIEW YOUR FAVOURITE SUMMARY OF THE PLAY! 🙂
VIEW THE FOLLOWING SLIDE-SHOW FOR IMPORTANT QUOTES FROM THE PLAY!
Reasons which make Shakespeare’s play MACBETH relevant in the 21st Century – and a worthwhile text to study include:
Shakespeare’s work is…
… because Shakespeare…
- Creates real and complex characters (hint – tragic hero)
- Shows the manipulative power of language*
- Explores important values which are still relevant today (hint – loyalty)
- Explores the destructive power of betrayal and guilt
- Explores the values and beliefs of 16th Century England (hint – magic / ghosts / violence / religion)
- Creates a psychological thriller and keeps the audience guessing.
- Invites different audiences to decipher* who (if anyone) is really to blame for the tragedy. (*figure out and prove)
- Demonstrates how language (LFFs) can be used to create multi-dimensional, unpredictable and confronting characters and events.
THE POWER OF LANGUAGE…
*the tragedy which befalls all the characters in the play is caused by words!
I. … the witches use words to plant the seed of ambition and obsession into Macbeth’s mind
ii.… Macbeth writes down the words in a letter and sends it to Lady Macbeth
iii… Lady Macbeth uses words to manipulate Macbeth into going against his own values and beliefs – and convinces Macbeth to be ruthless – and to put “his courage to the sticking place”… [continue yourself]
Wherefore means who?
No, “wherefore” means “why.” How many times do we have to go over this?
- Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! beware Macduff; Beware the thane of Fife. Dismiss me. Enough
2. Be bloody, bold, and resolute; laugh to scorn The power of man, for none of woman born Shall harm Macbeth.
3. Be lion-mettled, proud; and take no care Who chafes, who frets, or where conspirers are: Macbeth shall never vanquish’d be until Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hill Shall come against him.
YOU NEED TO HAND-IN A “REFLECTION STATEMENT” ON THE SAME DAY THAT THE NARRATIVE ASSESSMENT TASK IS DUE TO BE COMPLETED (IN CLASS).
USE THE FOLLOWING QUICK-AND-EASY GUIDE TO WRITE YOUR REFLECTION STATEMENT…
So… you still need some ideas for your narrative?
Here are a few short videos to inspire you…
TERM 1. 2015. CLOSE STUDY OF TEXT AND CONTEXT
FOCUS – NARRATIVE CONVENTIONS (rules)
Prescribed text – Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck