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Shakespeare's Macbeth - How To Write A H1-Grade Answer, Essential Guide

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How to write an A1-grade Hamlet answer 5

General Advice 5

1) Select your question 5

2) Decide on your argument 5

3) Plan your response 5

4) Write your response 5

5) Aim for a strong conclusion 5

6) Proof-read 6

Examples – Advice and analysis on how to answer specific questions 7

2012 7

(i) “Hamlet’s madness, whether genuine or not, adds to the fascination of his character for the audience.” 7

Discuss this statement, supporting your answer with suitable reference to the play, Hamlet. 7

OR 7

(ii) “Shakespeare uses a variety of techniques to convey a world of corruption in the play, Hamlet. 7

Write your response to this statement, supporting your answer with suitable reference to the text. 7

2011 8

(i) “Revenge and justice are finely balanced themes in the play, Hamlet.” 8

Discuss this statement, supporting your answer with suitable reference to the text. 8

OR 9

(ii) “Claudius can be seen as both a heartless villain and a character with some redeeming qualities in the play, Hamlet.” 9

Discuss both aspects of this statement, supporting your answer with suitable reference to the text. 9

2005 9

(i) In your opinion, what is the appeal of the play, Hamlet, for a twenty-first century audience? 9

Support the points you make by reference to the text. 9

OR 10

(ii) “We admire Hamlet as much for his weaknesses as for his strengths.” 10

Write a response to this view of the character of Hamlet, supporting your points by reference to the text. 10

The top 5 quotations to use in your essay 11

Quotation #1 11

Quotation #2 12

Quotation #3 13

Quotation #4 13

Quotation #5 14

How to write an H1-grade Hamlet answer

General Advice

1) Select your question

First, you need to decide on what question to answer. Typically, the options for this question fall between a character question and one based on a theme or issue.

The character question will likely be specific to one individual character, so if the character identified ...

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