Reading Time: 7 minutes At the beginning of the play, “Hands” is a word used to refer to Macbeth’s brutal – but legitimate – killing of the Thane of Cawdor who “‘ne’er shook hands” (1.1), symbolic of his lack of gentlemanly behaviour and loyalty in participating in rebellion – a theme of ‘hands’ throughout the play.
Reading Time: 3 minutes It comes down to this: you have to be able to choose a quotation that has a lot to it, that works to show you something not just about that moment, but about the whole text in some way.
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Reading Time: 5 minutes In this series, I’m looking at the ways get the most from mock exams, with practical steps to help you … More Revising for mocks – making the most of exam week