Act 1 Mini Essay Learning Intention: I can structure my analysis of a text to suit the purpose of a critical essay Essay Question



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Act 1 Mini Essay

  • Learning Intention: I can structure my analysis of a text to suit the purpose of a critical essay

Essay Question

  • “In Act 1, the character of Macbeth is established.
  • Identify the characteristics of Macbeth and explain how his character is developed in this act.”

Introduction

  • Remember your introduction should:
  • State the title and the author
  • State what the essay is about
  • Mention the techniques used (dialogue, characterisation, imagery, tone etc.)
  • Explain the character of Macbeth (relate to the question)

Paragraph One: Intro to Macbeth

Paragraph Two: Reaction to the Prophecy

  • POINT: Macbeth reacts to the witches’ prophecies
  • EVIDENCE: From Act 1, Sc 3
  • ANALYSIS: Analyse the quote
  • RELEVANCE: What is revealed about Macbeth and what kind of character he is

Paragraph Three: What drives Macbeth

  • POINT: Macbeth discusses whether to kill the king or not
  • EVIDENCE: From Act 1, Sc 7
  • ANALYSIS: Analyse the quote
  • RELEVANCE: What is revealed about Macbeth and what kind of character he is

Paragraph Four: Relationship with Lady Macbeth

  • POINT: Discuss the impact that Lady Macbeth has on Macbeth
  • EVIDENCE: From Act 1, Sc 5/7
  • ANALYSIS: Analyse the quote
  • RELEVANCE: What is revealed about Macbeth and what kind of character he is

Conclusion

  • Remember your conclusion should:
  • Restate what the essay is about (refer back to question)
  • Sum up your argument (explain how Macbeth’s characteristics are revealed)
  • State your opinion


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