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GCSE English Literature: The Study of Linked Texts
'Macbeth' & 'A Christmas Carol'
Moderation: Summer 2014
Booklet 2 of 2
Option 2: Theme Based
(a) Discuss the hopes and dreams in 'Macbeth'. How do they
reflect the time in which the play was written?
(b) Discuss the hopes and dreams in 'A Christmas Carol' (completed already â).
Compare these with the hopes and dreams in 'Macbeth.'
Unit 3: The Study of Linked Texts [25%]
They must complete production of the pieces for final assessment under formal supervision.
Time Limit Production of the pieces for final assessment: 2 hours 30
Candidates should use 1 hour for part (a) of the task and the remaining 1 hour 30 minutes for part (b).
What are the HOPES AND DREAMS in 'Macbeth'?
Find an appropriate quote to go alongside each explanation.
How does this reflect the time in which the play was written?
Before he meets the witches, Macbeth's main hope and purpose is to serve as a loyal soldier in King Duncan's army. He would have respected the King as he had been appointed by God.
Religion was one of the most important things in the Middle Ages (when the play is set) and all things existed for the Glory of God. Religious thinkers in the Middle Ages had upheld the idea of 'The Great Chain of Being'. This was the belief that God had designed an ordered system for both nature and humankind within which every creature and person had an allotted place. It was considered an offence against God for anyone to try to alter their station in life. After death, however, all would be raised in the kingdom...