Macbeth Mini-Essay Septmember Weekend

Question – How does Shakespeare explore the theme of ambition in acts 1 -3? In your response you MUST consider such features as dialogue, stage direction, theme, plot, imagery, character developement, character relationships and key scene.

Remember to link everything back to ambition.

Remember to use linking word, evaluative language and any specific language we’ve learned.

Remember to include at least 6 quotations.

Remember to structure you essay appropriately. Intro, main-body, conclusion.

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New Higher September Weekend Homework 2014

New Higher Reading for UAE SQA Specimen Paper Trees

The following vocabulary featured in this paper. Do you know the meaning of these words?

Passage 1 Janice Turner ‘The Times’ 32 words

Word Meaning

dense
virulent
loomed
resolute
rebuke
obsolescence
remnants
reassuring
endure
felled
dubious
conservationists
privileged
arrogance
brutal
grotesque
harpooning
poignancy
astonishing
officialdom
loathes
fretting
subsidence
detest
municipal
audit
deemed
antithesis
fickle
crass
barren
inscribed

Passage 2 Colin Trudge 19 words

Word Meaning

sheer
gravitas
circumference
ecosystem
strutted
preyed
commensurately
meticulously
ecotourism
ludicrous
ostensible
tenor
conceit
modernity
lamented
vigorously
habitable
humbly
humility

Now answer the following questions…
Of the 51 words, how many did you know?
How many were you able to work out from the context?
If you did not know many of the words, how can you understand the writer’s meaning?
How do you extend your vocabulary?
Compared to the other 70,000 Scottish young people who will sit National 5 English in 2015, how would you rate your vocabulary?
What can you do to compete with other pupils in your class, across our department, across the other 23 schools in North Lanarkshire, across the other 400 secondary schools in Scotland?

Part 2

Read chapter 9-16

In a mimi-essay style, answer the following question.

How does Jenkins explore the issue of class conflict in chpater 1-9 of the novel.

You must have at least 6 quotations in your essay. Remember you are macro-analysis so you’re always mentioning character development, theme, plot, conflict etc.

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Old Higher September Weekend Homework 2014

Higher English Close Reading P&N 2011/2012 Paper

The following vocabulary featured in this paper. Do you know the meaning of these words?

Passage 1 The Hard Graft Needed to Excel 48 words

Word Meaning

orchestral
idealistic
deprived
preposterous
notion
stroppy
rekindled
contemplate
kneejerk reaction
belatedly
cynical
philistines
scoffed
recruiting
incorporate
flamboyance
sedate
conventions
symphonic
stultifying
irresistibly
spontaneous
contemporary
paradox
exemplary
emulating
elitist
controversy
improvisation
innovations
regimented
repertoire
missionary
financially
culturally
deprived
quest
instilled
oddities
pathetically
conditioned
minimal
mediocre
venerates
zenith
contemporary
ultimate
nurturing

Passage 2 Pushing For Excellence 27 words

Word Meaning
affinity
cherished
nourished
uninhibited
curious
remarkable
translates
practitioners
embedding
aspires
formulaic
incarnation
renowned
meld
salutary
viable
sacred
vulnerable
brunt
diminished
vital
wither
envisaged
economic
underpinning
entirely
wantonly

Now answer the following questions

Of the 75 words, how many did you know?
How many were you able to work out from the context?
If you did not know many of the words, how can you understand the writer’s meaning?
How do you extend your vocabulary?
Compared to the other 30,000 Scottish young people who will sit Higher English in 2015, how would you rate your vocabulary?
What can you do to compete with other pupils in your class, across our department, across the other 23 schools in North Lanarkshire, across the other 400 secondary schools in Scotland?

Part 2

Read chapter 9-16

In a mimi-essay style, answer the following question.

How does Jenkins explore the issue of class conflict in chpater 1-9 of the novel.

You must have at least 6 quotations in your essay.

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Act 3, scene 4 Questions (September Weekend)

1. Macbeth appears to be a generous and a perfect host. In reality he is becoming increasingly crueller and more likely to kill. Give 3 examples of evidence, with detailed analysis, of how this theme is made clear.
2. “Then comes my fit again. I had else been perfect,/Whole as the marble, founded as the rock,/As broad and general as the casing air./But now I am cabined, cribbed, confined, bound in/ To saucy doubts and fears.—But Banquo’s safe?” Look at the imagery used within these lines. What do they tell us about Macbeth?
3. “Thanks for that./There the grown serpent lies. The worm that’s fled/Hath nature that in time will venom breed;/No teeth for th’ present. Get thee gone. Tomorrow/We’ll hear ourselves again.” What does this show the audience about Macbeth’s change towards Banquo? What is he trying to convince himself of?
4. “Which of you have done this?” This dialogue makes what 2 aspects of Macbeth clear?
5. “(to GHOST) Thou canst not say I did it. Never shake /Thy gory locks at me.” How does this illustrate Macbeth’s unfit state of mind?
Sit, worthy friends. My lord is often thus

6. “And hath been from his youth. Pray you, keep seat.
The fit is momentary; upon a thought
He will again be well. If much you note him,
You shall offend him and extend his passion.
Feed and regard him not. (aside to MACBETH) Are you a man?”
Show how repetition of an idea and word choice here show us Lady Macbeth’s fear at what is happening to her husband. What is the tone of this dialogue?

7. “What man dare, I dare.
Approach thou like the rugged Russian bear,
The armed rhinoceros, or th’ Hyrcan tiger;
Take any shape but that, and my firm nerves
Shall never tremble. Or be alive again,
And dare me to the desert with thy sword.
If trembling I inhabit then, protest me
The baby of a girl. Hence, horrible shadow!
Unreal mockery, hence!”
How does this help us understand Macbeth’s state of mind? Look at imagery and word choice, as well as repetition of ideas from earlier in the poem.
8. “It will have blood, they say. Blood will have blood.” What does this tell us about Macbeth’s state of mind? How does it further our understanding of the motif?
You lack the season of all natures, sleep.
9. “Come, we’ll to sleep. My strange and self-abuse
Is the initiate fear that wants hard use.
We are yet but young in deed.” How does this allusion to the motif of sleep help us understand how Macbeth has been altered by what he as done?
10. At this point in the play, the relationship between the couple has changed entirely. Using evidence form the text, explore how their relationship was at the beginning and hot it has changed now.

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Act 3, scene 1

1. IT COULD BE ARGUED THAT Banquo is suspicious at the beginning of the act. Find evidence to prove this.
2. “Sennet sounded. Enter MACBETH, as king, /LADY MACBETH, as queen..” Why si this quotation relevant to the motif of clothing?
3.Look at how Macbeth appears in the scene and how he is in reality. Choose 2 examples of this and show how word choice, imagery, tone or stage direction make it clear that Macbeth appears to be something he is not.
4.What is different about Macbeth‘s attitude towards this murder? Give evidence

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Chapter 9 Analysis

Look at page 106 – “Duror waited. He seemed to be joining in more enthusiastically to the gossip about the war; but his mind, baulked in its virulence, was prowling in the alcove, sniffing at the affect6ion between the brothers, smelling the fragrance of the cones off them, and snarling at their unconscious complicity in his torment.”
I want you to first micro, then macro analyse this quotation considering the following question – How does this quotation develop the idea of Duror’s mental instability?

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Questions on Chapter 7

1.Common to Jekins’ work, what tone is established in the opening paragraph?

2. Why is Neil so pleased?

3. “There seemed to Neil to be two sunshines: that shining all around, on the water, in the street , and even on the trees growing round the ancient ruined castle; and that radiating from people’s minds. The one warmed his face, the other his heart. As his rancour towards the lady and the gamekeeper disappeared, leaving his mind relieved, cleansed, and buoyant, he knew, with a pang of pride and amazement, that how he felt now, Calum must feel nearly all the time.”
Look at this quotation from page 86. Looking at theme, character, narrative and plot show how it illustrates a change in Neil’s attitude.

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