INCLUDEPICTURE "http://aisaacademy.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/scrooge.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET INCLUDEPICTURE "http://cache2.allpostersimages.com/p/LRG/17/1741/AQX3D00Z/posters/lorsay-macbeth-the-witches.jpg" \* MERGEFORMATINET GCSE English Literature: The Study of Linked Texts'Macbeth' & 'A Christmas Carol'Moderation: Summer 2014Booklet 2 of 2Option 2: Theme BasedAssignment Title(a) Discuss the hopes and dreams in 'Macbeth'. How do theyreflect the time in which the play was written?(b) Discuss the hopes and dreams in 'A Christmas Carol' (completed already √).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 30minutes maximum.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'?
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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 of heaven, if they respected God's will. Since royal rank was bestowed by God, it was a sin to aspire to it. This doctrine - a convenient one for King James - was still widely held in Shakespeare's day.
Initially, Macbeth was feared and respected as a soldier. At this stage, Macbeth possessed many attributes becoming to a king: courageous, honourable, ruthless, respected, etc. He is loyal to his King (at this early stage) and is rewarded for his loyalty. His only hope at this stage is that Scotland will beat the Norwegians and that he will make his country proud.
This play was written in 1606 when King James was on the throne. The plays which he wrote during James's reign are darker and more cynical than those written in the Elizabethan period, reflecting the insecurities of the Jacobean...