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Unit Overview: Macbeth

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20 lessons

The Witches

In this lesson, we will begin to explore the witches and how Shakespeare presents them in Act One, Scene One. We will look at some of the language the witches use and why.

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Shakespeare, tragedy and the tragic hero

In this lesson, we will explore what is meant by a Shakespearean tragedy and how that links to the play 'Macbeth'. We will also look at what is meant by the term 'tragic' hero and how much the character Macbeth fits this role at the start of the play.

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The witches and the tragic hero

In this lesson, we will explore the link between Macbeth and the witches. We will also examine why Shakespeare decided to start the play with the witches and not the protagonist Macbeth himself.

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Meeting Macbeth

In this lesson, we will explore how Shakespeare presents Macbeth at the start of the play. We will explore how he interacts with the witches and consider how ambitious he is. We will then analyse how Shakespeare shapes the audience's view of Macbeth at the start of the play.

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Macbeth meets the witches

In this lesson, Macbeth meets the witches who share their prophecies. We will explore in detail the contrasting reactions of Macbeth and Banquo to the predictions made by the witches.

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Lady Macbeth

In this lesson, we will explore how Lady Macbeth is introduced and how Shakespeare shapes the audience's view of her.

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Plotting murder

In this lesson, we will explore how Lady Macbeth drives Macbeth towards committing regicide. We will explore how Lady Macbeth belittles and manipulates Macbeth during Act 1, Scene 7, and we will consider how is the most powerful person in their relationship.

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Anticipating the death of King Duncan

In this lesson, we will explore how Shakespeare presents Macbeth's state of mind prior to the murder of King Duncan. We will look at his state of mind across Act 1, as well as his state of mind in the famous 'dagger' vision in Act 2, Scene 1.

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Duncan dies

In this lesson, we will explore how Shakespeare presents Macbeth and Lady Macbeth's reaction to the murder of King Duncan. We will consider how they react differently and what this reveals about their characters.

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Reactions to the murder

In this lesson, we will explore how the different characters react when they learn that Duncan is dead. We will look at the reactions of Banquo, Macduff, Donalbain and Malcolm, and contrast them to Macbeth and Lady Macbeth's reactions. We will also learn about dramatic irony.

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Macbeth considers Banquo

In this lesson, we will explore how Macbeth is presented as a tragic hero in Act 3, Scene 1. We will start by recapping what a tragic hero is. We will then look at how Macbeth could be considered a tragic hero in Act 3, Scene 1 as he thinks about Banquo's role and position.

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Plotting more murder

In this lesson, we will continue to explore the characterisation of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth and how their roles have changed over the course of the play.

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Banquo's murder

In this lesson, we will explore how Shakespeare presents Banquo's death to highlight Macbeth's disturbed state of mind.

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The Ghost of Banquo

In this lesson, we will explore how Shakespeare presents Banquo's ghost to further highlight the disturbed nature of Macbeth's state of mind.

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The Second Prophecies

In this lesson, we will explore the significance of the reappearance of the witches. We will look at the details of their second prophecy in Act 4, Scene 1 before analysing the significance of their reappearance.

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Macduff and Malcolm

In this lesson, we will explore how Shakespeare presents kingship in Act 4, Scene 3. We will do this by learning the word 'tyranny' and then looking at the intereaction between Macduff and Malcolm in England in Act 4, Scene 3.

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Guilt and Lady Macbeth

In this lesson, we will look at the transformation of Lady Macbeth across the play. We will consider how she starts to feel guilty before exploring and analysing what Shakespeare suggests about the impact of Lady Macbeth's guilt in Act 5, Scene 1.

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The Tragedy of Macbeth

In this lesson, we will look at Macbeth's transformation across the play before exploring how Shakespeare presents Macbeth as a tragic hero in Act 5, Scene 3.

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The ending

In this lesson, we will look at what happens in the final Act of Macbeth. We will then explore what is significant about the ending of the play.

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