Dire Ambition: Course Outline

I am in blood Stepp’d in so far, that, should I wade no more, Returning were as tedious as go o’er.   Course Booklet

1.5 Formal Writing Assessment: Vaulting Ambition in Shakespeare’s Macbeth

This task is a culmination of our study of William Shakespeare’s Tragedy Macbeth. This is an opportunity to explore the techniques of language, structure and conventions of theatre that Shakespeare employed to convey his strongest themes

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow – Despair in Macbeth

Analysis of the language effects Shakespeare employs to reinforce the sense of despair Macbeth feels on learning of his wife’s death.

Personal Reading

A longitudinal project that encourages you to read widely and extensively and to make thoughtful and insightful observations about the connections you make between what you read, your own experience, the world around us and other texts.

Soliloquy Schedule

A performance series of self-selected soliloquies – the schedule and some exemplars

Macbeth, Act 1, Scene 5: Unsex Me Here

In Act 1, Scene 5 of Macbeth, Lady Macbeth is introduced in full command of her power of evil persuasion. “unsex me here,
And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full
Of direst cruelty!”

Macbeth Act 1, Scene 4: Black and Deep Desires

Stars, hide your fires;
Let not light see my black and deep desires:

Shakespeare: Macbeth

Our first text in our study of Dire Ambition is William Skakespeare’s “Macbeth”. One of the world’s most famous studies of the corrupting effects of ambition and power.

Language Study: Build your analytical response

Example of an analytical paragraph: Whilst many are critical of the modifications to standard English that many, particularly young, people make when they speak and communicate online; I contend that these language effects are in

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