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A letter from Lady Macbeth to her husband.

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My beloved Macbeth, I can barely write as unrighteous tears cloud my eyes and blur my vision. Oh, my love, how I have battledwith my conscience and how my words 'our deeds must not be thought of ' come back to haunt me. Screams in my head paralyse my sleep and torture my wake. I can no longer live for fear of the truth being shared. Ever since I received that fateful letter I began plotting how we could speed our path to power. I should have let fate take its course instead of trying to take fate into my own hands. If I had done that then maybe the smell of Duncan's blood would disappear and perhaps I would not be writing this, my final letter. I remember the time when we were a young happy couple, so much in love, so much to live for. ...read more.


I planned we would take Duncan's life that night, when he was invited to our banquet, but I did not have the power to continue so I had to call on the evil spirits to possess my body and help remove all trace of weakness and compassion. I wanted power more than anything and there seemed to be nothing that could stand in my way. Oh, how I wish I had listened when you said you had changed your mind about killing Duncan, but the spirits drove me into persuading you to carry out the awful deed. After you had killed Duncan you seemed afraid of your acts of betrayal towards your king but I was so selfish I only ever thought of the power I would gain when you were king. I told you not to think of our deeds and when you showed me the blood on your hands I calmly said that 'a little water will wash away our deeds '. ...read more.


I was hurt, my love, when I discovered you had arranged for the murder of Banquo and Fleance. You had always told me everything, every plan, every hope, every desire; I remember your words, 'my dearest partner of greatness'. But suddenly things had changed. Our lack of communication made me feel isolated and alone. I grieved, my dearest husband, when I learnt about the death of Lady Mac Duff and her children. Did these poor souls innocent of all crimes have to die? To what depths have our initial deeds led us? Treachery, misery, violence and insanity are the crimes we committed. Climbing through the wreckage of my twisted decisions I realise that together we barred reality and lived blindly. Once our fellow countrymen break through the wall of lies, rage will be unstoppable. All this I cannot bear to witness. So this, my final deed, will spare me from a world I cannot face. All praise to you, the conscious one, who is left to suffer the wound. My heart is with you always, Your eternal love. LM ...read more.

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This is a creative essay, the aim of which is to convey Lady Macbeth's thought processes and feelings before her suicide. In doing this, the candidate largely succeeds, but there is also some room for improvement: at times, s/he relies ...

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This is a creative essay, the aim of which is to convey Lady Macbeth's thought processes and feelings before her suicide. In doing this, the candidate largely succeeds, but there is also some room for improvement: at times, s/he relies too heavily on the play to give structure to the writing, and s/he has directly quoted from the play - this seems very forced and ruins the flow of the writing. Although these pitfalls are very difficult to avoid in an assignment of this sort, it is important to try as far as possible to inject your writing with some originality, and break away from using the play as a crutch to support your writing, especially if you are aiming for A/A*.

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The candidate demonstrates a high level of insight into Lady Macbeth's feelings and thoughts before her suicide, although s/he has imputed a lot of rationality into her thinking, which seems at odds with what one would expect her mindset to be like. Would a woman driven mad to the point of suicide by guilt really be able to justify her suicide in such a calm, rational manner? Would she show so much regret, or would she still be attempting to justify herself? Would she be able to express herself so coherently? There is a lot here that the candidate could have explored. The candidate has nevertheless produced a high quality piece of work, and the examiner will appreciate that creativity can sometimes be limited by the rubric of the question.

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The candidate has attempted to imitate the sort of language we might imagine Lady Macbeth to have used, and successfully draws on Shakespeare's influence to do this. However we do see modernisms creeping in, e.g. 'lack of communication'. These and slightly clichéd and should be avoided as far as possible. Candidates should also avoid word-processing their work in Comic Sans.

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