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Shortcuts to Success: Macbeth

Shortcuts to Success teach you the exam success tips that have been shown to work. Written by teachers with a proven track record of exam success, they will show you how to achieve your best results.

  • Focuses on the type of questions Higher Level students must answer in the Leaving Cert exam on Macbeth
  • Includes a summary of each scene, along with an analysis of each of the main characters and notes on the themes of the play
  • Picks out key quotations and how to use them effectively
  • Provides sample answers to exam-style questions, and guidelines for studying the play

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Publication Date

January 2008




Paperback, 144 pages

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Gill Education


Background Notes on the play Macbeth
The Notion of Shakespearean Tragedy
The Soliloquy in Shakespeare’s Tragedies
Macbeth as a Tragedy
The Plot of the Play
Summary/Analysis of Scenes
Character Analysis
Themes in the Play
Language and Imagery
Suitable Quotations and How to Use Them
Summary of Soliloquies and Asides
How to Study this Play
How to Answer Exam-style Questions
Sample Questions and Answers
Past Leaving Certificate Questions
Department of Education Guidelines on Answering Leaving Cert Questions
Some General Questions on Macbeth


245 x 175 mm


By Anne Gormley

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Anne Gormley teaches English at Laurel Hill Coláiste, Limerick. She has written revision guides for Leaving Certificate English at both Higher and Ordinary level in the widely used Less Stress More Success series. Her advice to students is broadcast and published frequently in various media.

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