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I was going through my laptop, and have several English Lit essays for GCSE ( which i got an A in the exam) and A-Level philosophy essays which i also got an A in. Would anybody like them?

Posted: 03-04-12 12:50 by Sabrina

yes please

Posted: 03-04-12 17:15 by sadsad

english or philosophy?

Posted: 03-04-12 17:29 by Sabrina

What English Lit essays are they based on?? Also, what exam board?? I'm studing AQA..

Posted: 06-04-12 17:19 by Lauren


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Moulin Rouge and AQA

Posted: 06-04-12 17:31 by Sabrina

I would be grateful if you could upload the essay about Macbeth. Thank you <3

Posted: 06-04-12 22:15 by ? Secret - Team GR

 “From Worthy Thane”, to “Dead Butcher”; discuss the downfall of Macbeth. Who is ultimately to blame?

William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564 in Stratford, England. During Shakespeare's time, most people were very superstitious believing in witches, ghosts, and other supernatural beings.  This is reflected in much of the literature from that time, and especially in Macbeth.

The Tragedy of Macbeth (commonly called Macbeth) is a play by William Shakespeare about a regicide and its aftermath. It is Shakespeare's shortest tragedy and is believed to have been written sometime between 1603 and 1607. The earliest account of a performance of what was likely Shakespeare's sources for the tragedy are the accounts of King Macbeth of Scotland, Macduff, and Duncan in Holinshed’s Chronicles (1587), a history of England, Scotland and Ireland familiar to Shakespeare and his contemporaries. However, the story of Macbeth as told by Shakespeare bears no relation to real events in Scottish history as Macbeth was an admired and able monarch.

 Shakespeare uses several instances of irony in this play to give the play some humour and some depth. Situational irony is used during the play many times due to the predictions of the witches.  The witches predict one thing, which happens to come true.  However, Macbeth often misinterprets their fortunes and is put in situations of irony.
 Dramatic irony is used often during the play.  A good example of dramatic irony is when Macbeth plans Duncan’s murder while feigning loyalty to the king.  This is dramatic irony since while Duncan does not know of Macbeth’s plans, the audience does.
 Paradoxes are often given by the witches in their fortunes and speeches.  The witches say that, “fair is foul and foul is fair.”  This is obviously a paradox but proves to be true by the end of the play as many of the fair predictions of the witches turn foul for Macbeth.

In the play Macbeth, Macbeth is basically a good man who is troubled by his conscience and loyalty though at the same time ambitious and murderous. He is Thane of Glamis but he is led to wicked thoughts due to the prophecies of three witches, especially after their prophecy that he will be made Thane of Cawdor comes true. He is also led to evil by Lady Macbeth who he eventually gives in to because he loves her so much.

 Macbeth is a brave solider and a very powerful man, but he is not virtuous. Macbeth isn’t easily tempted into murder however he does decided to murder  to fulfil his ambitions to the throne, and once he commits his first crime and is crowned King of Scotland, he embarks to fulfill the Witches other two predications. Ultimately Macbeth proves himself better suited to the battlefield than to thinking things through properly, because he lacks the skills necessary to rule without being a tyrant. His response to every problem is violence and murder.

I think that the three witches and Lady Macbeth are ultimately to blame for Macbeth’s downfall, and I also think that if the witches hadn’t predicted Macbeth’s future Lady Macbeth wouldn’t have used the prophecies as an excuse to kill to achieve his ambitions to be king. He might have considered other less brutal options to achieve his goals. The First, Second and Third Witch all say “ All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Glamis, all hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor, all hail Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter.” This is implying that the witches are telling Macbeth that he is going to become king.

Macbeth then seems confused because he knows he is Thane of Glamis because of his father’s death but he doesn’t understand how he is Thane of Cawdor. “Stay, you imperfect speakers. Tell me more. By Finel’s death, I know I am Thane of Glamis, But how of Cawdor? The Thane of Cawdor lives a prosperous gentleman, and to be king stand not within the prospect of belief.’’ Macbeth began to rely on all the witches’ predictions to come true, “The greatest is behind. Thanks for your pains. Do you not hope your children shall be kings, when those that gave the Thane of Cawdor to me Promis’d  no less to them ?’’ Macbeth anticipates a mighty drama on the theme of kingship, “as happy prologues to the swelling act’’. Macbeth also wants to become king without having to do much to become king. “If chance will have me king, why chance may crown me without my stir’’.


It’s the witches fault because they for spoke prophecies to Macbeth which he probably would have not carried out if it wasn’t for the witches influence. They planted ideas into Macbeth’s head and made him think that if he did what they said all his ambitions would come true. At this point in the play Shakespeare is trying to keep the audience in suspense about what Macbeth will choose to do. I think Shakespeare also had a massive impact on the audience in the sense of making the audience understand that fulfilling your ambitions in not a honourable  gets you nowhere and you should always do what’s right.

 “ All Hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Glamis, all hail Macbeth, hail to thee, thane of Cawdor, all hail Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter.’’


However the witches are not just to blame I also think Lady Macbeth is also to blame for Macbeth’s downfall; this is because he was manipulated by his wife. Lady Macbeth influence’s Macbeth into thinking that killing people would gain him power and respect. Lady Macbeth is even more ambitious than Macbeth himself, she even manages to convince Macbeth to kill Duncan. “Whereto the rather shall his day’s hard journey soundly invite him, his two chamerlains will I with wine and wassail so convince. That memory, the warder of the brain, Shall be a fume, and the receipt of reason a limebeck only. When in swinish sleep.’’ Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth that is less than a man and a coward these words persuade Macbeth to kill once again.


 Macbeth sends a letter to Lady Macbeth explaining the witches’ prophecies. This letter is important because it shows us something of the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. He has no secrets from her,    she is  his `` dearest partner of greatness``. Lady Macbeth understands her husband well. She knows that he has great ambitions, but she also knows that he is honourable, and that this sense of honour will not have to urge her husband on to become king, and she calls for evil spirits to help her kill Duncan. She is prepared to give up all the gentle, tender qualities of a woman, so that she can become a sexless, pitiless fiend. She takes full control over the situation, and Macbeth seems glad to let her have the responsibility.  At first murder had been only a dream, ` but fantastical`, but now is a real moral problem. `` My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, shakes so my single state of man that function``. He knows that the crime must be punished; divine justice in a `life to come` does not worry him so much as judgement in this earthly life. Then he considers the duties he owes to Duncan – the duties of a kinsman, of a subject to his kind, and of a host to his guest. Finally, he thinks of the character of Duncan, a king of almost divine excellence.

Macbeth makes his mind up not to kill Duncan ` We will proceed no further in this buisness`.However, he is not prepared for Lady Macbeth’s rage and abuse.  She calls him a coward, insults his manliness, and declares that she would have murdered her child while it was feeding at her breast, rather than break such a promise as Macbeth has done. Defeated by his wife’s scorn, and persuaded by her encouragement, Macbeth agrees to murder his king
Lady Macbeth is even more ambitious than Macbeth himself, she convinces Macbeth to kill Duncan, and even though Macbeth had doubts and hesitations, she made him carry out the task.  For as far as Lady Macbeth is concerned encouraging Macbeth to kill, is justified as the end result of him being king justifies the means.

A messenger tells Lady Macbeth that King Duncan is on his way to their castle and she invokes evil spirits to help her slay him. The attendant says to Lady Macbeth “the King comes here tonight”  Lady Macbeth replies by saying “ Is not thy master with him? Who, were’t so, would have inform’d for preparation.”

Lady Macbeth and the three witches do have an influence on Macbeth killing so many people but in my opinion he wanted to become king desperately but didn’t know how he would become king, so when the three witches predict Macbeth’s future this almost seems like an answer to all Macbeth’s problems, Macbeth becomes easily tempted into murder to fulfil his ambition to the throne. Initially Macbeth makes the decision for himself whether to kill.

If Macbeth was a stronger character and wasn’t so easily influenced, he could have achieved his goals to be king in a more honourable way. Unfortunately this was not the case and he used violence to get what he wanted but in the end Macbeth himself got killed, and he then became “From Worthy Thane to   Dead Butcher”.


Posted: 07-04-12 14:16 by Sabrina

sorry about the different fonts

Posted: 07-04-12 14:18 by Sabrina

dont worry about that.. thanks <3  x

Sabrina wrote:

sorry about the different fonts

Posted: 07-04-12 17:09 by ? Secret - Team GR

welcome, and good luck !

Posted: 08-04-12 19:06 by Sabrina