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Reading Shakespeare: Macbeth (7) - After the Murder (Act III, Scene 2)

In this worksheet, students read Act III, Scene 2 from 'Macbeth' and analyse how Shakespeare presents his ideas to have an impact on the reader.

'Reading Shakespeare: Macbeth (7) - After the Murder (Act III, Scene 2)' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

GCSE Subjects:   English Literature

GCSE Boards:   AQA, Pearson Edexcel, Eduqas, OCR,

Curriculum topic:   Shakespeare

Curriculum subtopic:   Macbeth

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Read this extract from Shakespeare's Macbeth. It is taken from Act III, Scene 2, after Lady Macbeth and Macbeth have successfully killed King Duncan.

 

LADY MACBETH:

Naught's had, all's spent,

Where our desire is got without content.

'Tis safer to be that which we destroy

Than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy.

 

Enter MACBETH

 

How now, my lord! Why do you keep alone,

Of sorriest fancies your companions making,

Using those thoughts which should indeed have died

With them they think on? Things without all remedy

Should be without regard. What's done is done.

 

MACBETH:

We have scorched the snake, not killed it.

She'll close and be herself whilst our poor malice

Remains in danger of her former tooth.

But let the frame of things disjoint, both the worlds suffer,

Ere we will eat our meal in fear, and sleep

In the affliction of these terrible dreams

That shake us nightly...


 

In this worksheet you will be asked questions on the extract above. If you need to read the extract again, you can do so by clicking on the Help button above the question.

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