Tuesday, 8 January 2013


In the your essay you need to write each paragraph using the format of a PEEP paragraph:

  • Point
  • Evidence
  • Explanation
  • Performance Analysis 

This is basically a normal PEE paragraph, but with a bit of performance analysis added on to the end. For this, you need to analyse how the quotation explored is performed and presented in the film version. 

In Act One of Macbeth, Shakespeare depicts the character of Macbeth as being a strange combination of the ambitious and the fearful: he has reached the point where he knows that he wants power in the form of Duncan’s crown, but he is still shying away from the ugly act of murder that will be required in order to make this a reality. This is illustrated in the opening line of one of the key and most significant soliloquies of the entire play, when Macbeth states: ‘If it were done when ‘tis done, then ‘twere well/It were done quickly’. Here Macbeth is referring to the planned murder that he must commit, and Shakespeare’s use of repetition regarding the word ‘done’ implies that the character is determined to go ahead with the deed. However, simultaneously, Macbeth is hesitant and deeply unwilling to actually refer to the deed directly and to use the word murder. Perhaps Shakespeare is implying that he is unable to fully face up to himself and what he intends, suggesting a certain kind of cowardice. This is suggested again as a result of the technique of repetition: ‘it’. Shakespeare uses this vague and uncertain pronoun rather than directly using the word murder. In the filmed version of the play, Macbeth on the Estate, the character of Macbeth is shown in a slightly different light. While in the play he may be unable to face himself and the true nature of his plans, the filmed version presents the actor as staring directly into a mirror. He is literally face to face with himself, as though trying to examine and discover who this new person is. Furthermore, his facial expression is very fixed and suggests that he is concentrating hard upon his face and perhaps his very personality. 

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