The essay below is one such example of his improved writing.What follows is 1) the question from a mock GCSE exam, 2) his essay, and 3) my highlighted breakdown of his essay into its essential ingredients. Agree or disagree with the following statement: "Macbeth is a play about courage, which asserts the triumph of good over evil." In answering this question, you should remember that courageous acts are not always motivated by virtue. Examine to what extent Lady Macbeth is to blame for her husband's downfall.
The essay below is one such example of his improved writing.
Come to my woman`s breasts, And take my milk for gall, you murd’ring ministers, Wherever in your sightless substances You wait on nature`s mischief.
Write about: • how Shakespeare presents Lady Macbeth in this speech • how Shakespeare presents Lady Macbeth in the play as a whole.
THE ESSAYIn `Macbeth`, Shakespeare explores many themes from betrayal and loyalty to revenge and power.
Come, thick night, And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell, That my keen knife see not the wound it makes Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark, To cry ‘Hold, hold!
’ Starting with this speech, explain how far you think Shakespeare presents Lady Macbeth as a powerful woman.