Gcse Essays Macbeth

MACBETH

We will proceed no further in this business.

He hath honoured me of late, and I have bought

Golden opinions from all sorts of people,

Which would be worn now in their newest gloss,

Not cast aside so soon.

LADY MACBETH

Was the hope drunk

Wherein you dressed yourself? Hath it slept since?

And wakes it now to look so green and pale

At what it did so freely? From this time,

Such I account thy love. Art thou afeard

To be the same in thine own act and valour

As thou art in desire? Wouldst thou have that

Which thou esteem'st the ornament of life,

And live a coward in thine own esteem,

Letting I dare not wait upon I would,

Like the poor cat i'th'adage?

MACBETH

Prithee, peace.

I dare do all that may become a man;

Who dares do more is none.

LADY MACBETH

What beast was't then

That made you break this enterprise to me?

When you durst do it, then you were a man.

And to be more than what you were, you would

Be so much more the man. Nor time, nor place

Did then adhere, and yet you would make both.

They have made themselves and that their fitness now

Does unmake you. I have given suck and know

How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me:

I would, while it was smiling in my face,

Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums

And dashed the brains out, had I so sworn

As you have done to this.

MACBETH

If we should fail?

LADY MACBETH

We fail?

But screw your courage to the sticking-place,

And we'll not fail.

Act 1 Scene 7

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Sample Gcse Essay About Lady Macbeth As A Powerful Character

Date : 03/10/2017

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This article contains a mock essay written by one of my students. When I met him, he was scoring a 3 to 4 in his mock GSCE English language and literature exams.

After intensive tuition sessions with me, his English writing skills improved such that he was writing at a 7 to 9 level. 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.
QUESTIONRead the following extract from Act 1 Scene 5 of Macbeth and then answer the question that follows.At this point in the play Lady Macbeth is speaking. She has just received the news that King Duncan will be spending the night at her castle.The raven himself is hoarse
That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan Under my battlements. Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, And fill me from the crown to the toe topfull
Of direst cruelty make thick my blood,
Stop up th’access and passage to remorse That no compunctious visitings of nature
Shake my fell purpose nor keep peace between Th’effect and it. 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. 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.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. Shakespeare explores the themes of power through Lady Macbeth, as she demands spirits to summon up male traits, implores them to make her remorseless, and encourages Macbeth to be manipulative and conniving. In act 1 scene 5, Shakespeare presents Lady Macbeth as a powerful woman who feels trapped within society`s view of a female. In Shakespearian times, there were associated male and female traits with male traits associated with strength, aggression, and rationality. Female traits, on the other hand, were associated with beauty, tender thoughts, and sensitivity. Being a female herself, Lady Macbeth commands the ‘sprits’ to ‘unsex [her] here,’ so she can rid herself of her female traits so she can be more male and thus powerful enough to commit evil.Continuing to talk to the spirits, Lady Macbeth asks to be further transformed, when she wants ‘her ‘milk’ to be taken for ‘gall’. Lady Macbeth would rather have her life-giving breast milk replaced with a vile substance that brings bitterness and death. In a sense, she would like to become death incarnate. In addition, Lady Macbeth thinks that both unsexing herself (and thus making herself more male) and transforming her fluid to poison will make her more prone to killing, thus making her a powerful threat.Lady Macbeth, moreover, wants to make herself even more powerful by invoking the spirits to ‘make thick [her] blood.’ As blood, veins, arteries, and the heart make up the circulatory system, they act as a symbol of one’s sensitivities and empathy for others. By asking for her blood to be thickened, Lady Macbeth asks to become less sensitive and more remorseless, thus making her more resolute in her schemes to kill.In other parts of the play, Lady Macbeth exhibits her power by being manipulative, conniving, and persuasive. In act 1 scene 5, for example, she wants to manipulate Macbeth, when she wants to ‘pour [her] spirits in [Macbeth’s] ear [and] chastise with the valour of [her] tongue,’ indicating that she wants to pressure Macbeth to do her tidings. This manipulation is also apparent when she convinces Macbeth that ‘the sleeping and the dead are but as pictures’ in attempt to dehumanise the sleeping so as to make the task of killing them that much easier. In addition, Lady Macbeth questions Macbeth’s masculinity in many parts of the play, for example Act 3 scene 4, when she asks him, ‘Are you a man?’ She does this to taunt and belittle Macbeth, hoping that such taunts will force Macbeth to complete her evil machinations. By asking to be more male, by asking to be filled with ‘direst cruelty,’ by asking to become more remorseless, and by being utterly manipulative and pushy, Lady Macbeth is presented as a multi-faceted, powerful woman capable of thinking and masterminding death and evil.BREAKDOWN OF THE ESSAYEach successful essay is made up of varying amounts of the following essay ingredients:Thesis statementTopic SentenceEvidence Sentence / FragmentExplanation Sentence / FragmentTransitionsConcluding Remarks[1]What you’ll see below is the same essay with each sentence (or sentence fragment) highlighted by essay ingredient with the colour key above. Hopefully, this will help you see how much of each essay ingredient is needed to construct a strong essay:In `Macbeth`, Shakespeare explores many themes from betrayal and loyalty to revenge and power. Shakespeare explores the themes of power through Lady Macbeth, as she demands spirits to summon up male traits, implores them to make her remorseless, and encourages Macbeth to be manipulative and conniving. In act 1 scene 5, Shakespeare presents Lady Macbeth as a powerful woman who feels trapped within society`s view of a female. In Shakespearian times, there were associated male and female traits with male traits associated with strength, aggression, and rationality. Female traits, on the other hand, were associated with beauty, tender thoughts, and sensitivity. Being a female herself, Lady Macbeth commands the ‘sprits’ to ‘unsex [her] here,’ so she can rid herself of her female traits so she can be more male and thus powerful enough to commit evil.Continuing to talk to the spirits, Lady Macbeth asks to be further transformed, when she wants ‘her ‘milk’ to be taken for ‘gall’. Lady Macbeth would rather have her life-giving breast milk replaced with a vile substance that brings bitterness and death. In a sense, she would like to become death incarnate. In addition, Lady Macbeth thinks that both unsexing herself (and thus making herself more male) and transforming her fluid to poison will make her more prone to killing, thus making her a powerful threat.Lady Macbeth, moreover, wants to make herself even more powerful by invoking the spirits to ‘make thick [her] blood.’ As blood, veins, arteries, and the heart make up the circulatory system, they act as a symbol of one’s sensitivities and empathy for others. By asking for her blood to be thickened, Lady Macbeth asks to become less sensitive and more remorseless, thus making her more resolute in her schemes to kill.In other parts of the play, Lady Macbeth exhibits her power by being manipulative, conniving, and persuasive. In act 1 scene 5, for example, she wants to manipulate Macbeth, when she wants to ‘pour [her] spirits in [Macbeth’s] ear [and] chastise with the valour of [her] tongue,’ indicating that she wants to pressure Macbeth to do her tidings. This manipulation is also apparent when she convinces Macbeth that ‘the sleeping and the dead are but as pictures’ in attempt to dehumanise the sleeping so as to make the task of killing them that much easier. In addition, Lady Macbeth questions Macbeth’s masculinity in many parts of the play, for example Act 3 scene 4, when she asks him, ‘Are you a man?’ She does this to taunt and belittle Macbeth, hoping that such taunts will force Macbeth to complete her evil machinations.
By asking to be more male, by asking to be filled with ‘direst cruelty,’ by asking to become more remorseless, and by being utterly manipulative and pushy, Lady Macbeth is presented as a multi-faceted, powerful woman capable of thinking and masterminding death and evil.[1] When tutoring a student, I not only spend a significant time going over each ingredient, I also teach them how to incorporate each ingredient into an essay.

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