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Macbeth's Diary.

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Introduction

Macbeth's Diary I dare not speak of what I have done. Such twisted thoughts overtook my mind and now I am sorry to say that I have done the deed. I have murdered the King of Scotland, King Duncan. After naming me the Worthy Thane of Cawdor, this is how I repay him. I have betrayed him in the most unimaginable way a person possibly could, and I've been disloyal to him, just like I have to Banquo, whom I have lost as a dear friend. I wish that I had never done such a treacherous thing, as I am afraid that I shall sleep no more. ...read more.

Middle

I heard him pleading as the dagger pierced through his skin, leaving blood on mine. Though I haven't got the nerve to utter a single word more about Duncan's murder, since my memory haunts me enough. When I returned, I was too shocked of what I had done and my head was not straight. I had been so stupid and brought the bloodied dagger back as evidence in my hand, with the sorry sight stained to my fingertips. I wondered if all great Neptune's ocean could wash away the blood and crime from my hands. The guilt was too overpowering for me and I could not overcome it. ...read more.

Conclusion

But I denied thinking of them and lied to him to prevent his curiosity from venturing. I have to make sure that Banquo has no way of finding out about the crime that I have committed. As he said to me earlier, he would keep his allegiance clear, and yet I knew that I would be doing the opposite. Now I wonder why I have done this to Duncan. I have put myself through all this just so that Banquo's children can inherit the throne? Never! I will make sure of that. I have come this far already to become king. Yet I wish that I could just wake Duncan from his sleep. There is too much guilt placed upon me and I am still frightened that I am yet to be caught out. I am confused of what to do. Macbeth ...read more.

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This is a very imaginative creative piece of writing. The candidate has really tried to get into the mindset of Macbeth. I like how s/he has used quotations from the play to talk about Macbeth's thoughts, this has the added ...

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This is a very imaginative creative piece of writing. The candidate has really tried to get into the mindset of Macbeth. I like how s/he has used quotations from the play to talk about Macbeth's thoughts, this has the added affect of making the reader feel like Macbeth is talking.

Level of analysis

I feel like this has a sense of urgency to it, when you read it, it is as though Macbeth is rushing to write down all his thoughts before they consume him, this is great touch and it really helps the reader connect to Macbeth as a character. I like the additions at the end that state Macbeth’s future plans, this somehow shows a shift in his character at the beginning of the diary entry he is desperate to be rid of his thoughts so that he can clean his conscience yet the entry at the end shows how he has to put new plans into action to ensure that no-one ever finds out about what he has done. I applaud the candidate for be able to how this shift in personality in such a short piece of writing.

Quality of writing

This flows really well, this are no issues with spelling or grammar, the candidate has used a good range of vocabulary and has attempted to use appropriate language, there are occasions where modern language creeps in, such as ‘I am confused as what to do’ but this is to be expected and doesn’t take away for the overall feel of the diary entry.


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