Who would you rather have on your
side in a fight/ be mates with?
Bringing it all together!
Look through the next few slides and use the info to get
your ideas together. You can start working on your
planning sheet as well.
Assessment Objectives:
AO1 – Ideas about ‘strong feelings’ and evidence
AO2 – Analysing how the texts are written.
AO3 – Links you can make
AO4 – Context; how different people interpret the
poem / play
PART 3 will allow more
depth of discussion
What to include in the introduction:
Task 1: Complete the questions!
• What texts will you be looking at?
• When were they written?
• How do they need to interest the audience?
‘The Laboratory’?
• How are they broadly similar? Different?
• What are the main ‘strong feelings’ you want to discuss?
• What similarities are there in the way they are written?
Macbeth – iambic pentameter
Similar to real speech but has a
‘bounce to it’.
Useful in ‘unsex me here’
speech. Makes it seem
dramatic; gives it rhythm.
Soliloquy – when she talks to
‘The laboratory’
• 12 stanzas
• Monologue – 1st person
• Bouncy ‘anapaestic’ meter
including AABB rhymes
• Takes you on a journey
Task 2: Write a few sentences comparing the forms
They are similar because …
They are different because …
PART 2 Before the murder! Compared with start
of ‘The Laboratory’ AO1; AO3
Task 3: Find quotes from the poem / play! OR add a comment / Change the colour to
show you feel you could discuss the point.
Act 1 Scene 5 – The ‘unsex me
here’ speech’
Links to the start of ‘The
Laboratory’ Stanzas I-V (VI?)
Strong feelings
• Ambition - Lady M desire to do
anything to support husband or
is it just for her?
• Using someone else
• Excitement
• Secrecy and deception
• Seems powerful
• link to context – Contrast
between 11th Century Scotland –
Elizabethan – role of women.
Strong feelings
• Wants power
• Excitement
• Desire to do something unusual
• Using someone else
• Secrecy and deception
• Seems powerful
• Link to context – Browning
chooses unusual character. Wants
to challenge Victorian view of
women as domestic ‘angels’! AO4
PART 2 cont…
How does Shakespeare present strong feelings? How does he
use words / phrases that interest the audience? AO1; AO2
Macbeth (Act 1 scene 5)
‘The Laboratory’ I - VI
Imperatives (Commands)
supernatural language
strong language
Changing feminine images
snake and flower image
Lots of exclamation marks!
‘Supernatural language
Strong language
Words / phrases to do with
• Lots of exclamation marks!
TASK 4: Find examples for each!
TASK 5 Now choose an example from each text to compare!
Handy sentence starters
In ‘Macbeth’ Shakespeare uses …
Browning also …
In both texts, the writers use …
The way they use them is similar because …
They are different because …
PART 3: Section 2 – After the murder!
Act 2, scene 2 vs Stanzas VI - VIII
• Lady M commands M
• Lady M seems more
powerful but also nervous
• Determined
• Also nervous/ panicky?
• Shakespeare uses
questions, short sentences
and exclamation marks!
• Secrecy and Deception
• Darkness
The middle of ‘The Laboratory’
Stanzas VI - VIII
• Woman commanding the
• Desire for power
• Panicky?
• Doubts herself?
• Lots of questions and
exclamation marks
• Short sentences
• Is she having doubts?
• Reality setting in?
PART 3 cont …Compare the way the two
women are presented in this middle section.
Strong feelings (AO1)
In ‘Macbeth’ .. whereas …
One similarity is …
They are both …
One difference is …
Language (AO2)
Both writers use …
Shakespeare shows Lady Macbeth’s nervous feelings by using ..
Similarly Browning …
EXT: Can you think of more than one way of
looking at these scenes / sections?
PART 4 Madness!! Act 5 scene 1 vs Stanzas IX - XII
Strong feelings? AO1
• Strong feelings from earlier
making her mad
• Lacks power
• Lonely
• Guilt
• Suicidal?
• Strange behaviour
• Talks to herself
The Laboratory stanzas IX-XII
Strong feelings? AO1
• Seems more manic
• Strange behaviour
• Seems less sane?
• Who is she talking to?
• ‘You may kiss me ..’
What does this suggest?
• Left open-ended
• Talking to herself?
TASK 7 – Find evidence/ add comments / highlight
if you think you could write about it!
PART 4 cont …
How are the feelings presented?
The Laboratory
• Use of imagery to do with
• Short sentences
• Punctuation
• Talk of hell, e.g. ‘hell is …’
• Words / phrases to do with
• Links to earlier ideas, e.g.
mentioning ‘water’
• Talks of death
• Short sentences
• Punctuation
Comparing the endings …
TASK 8 – What do you think about the way the women
and their feelings are presented?
Strong feelings
There is clear similarity in that …
The biggest difference is …
On the one hand ..
You could say …
You could also say …
How the feelings are presented
One similarity is …
It is interesting to note that both writers use ..
Again we see …
EXT: Can you think of more than one way of
looking at these scenes / sections?
PART 5 Sum up ideas about context /
How does audience feel about
the ‘end’ of Lady M? Elizabethan?
What might Shakespeare have
been saying about women who
act in this way?
Why include a woman who is so
See speech by Macbeth (Act 5
scene 5)
How do we respond to the
The Laboratory
How does Victorian reader feel at
the end of the poem?
How were women seen at that
point in time?
What is Browning saying?
Why include a woman who is so
How do we respond to the
Conclusion (AO1; AO2; AO3; AO4)
Lots of similarities
Some differences
Strong feelings? Give an interesting example
Language? Any patterns??
Themes – Can you link the texts in terms of
women? Ideas?
Your response?
Different approaches
Introduce the essay. Write about bits of ‘Macbeth’ e.g. Before the
murder; after the murder; the ‘madness’ scene. Use ‘The
Laboratory’ to compare after each section. Sum up at the end.
Introduce the essay. Write about the different strong feelings.
Write about techniques. Compare the two as you write. Sum up at
the end.
Introduce the essay. Write about strong feelings and techniques in
‘Macbeth’. Write about the strong feelings and techniques in ‘The
Laboratory’. Compare at the end. Sum up.
NB: You have to talk about language, background etc… all the way
Which approach will you use?
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