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The Ambition of Macbeth

The ambition of the character Macbeth in Shakespeare's play "Macbeth" is a driving force that ultimately leads to his downfall. At the beginning of the play, Macbeth is a respected and successful general in the Scottish army, but he becomes consumed by his desire for power and position.

Upon receiving a prophecy from three witches that he will one day be the King of Scotland, Macbeth becomes ambitious and begins to plot his rise to the throne. He becomes convinced that the only way to fulfill the prophecy is to kill King Duncan and take his place as ruler. Despite... (More)

Short Quotes & Notes about Macbeth

Brave, Noble Soldier

  • “Till he unseam’d him from his nave to his chaps”
  • “Bellona’s bridegroom”
  • “Noble macbeth”
  • “Valour’s minion”

Ambitious, but not ruthless

  • “I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition”
  • “I do fear thy nature, it is too full o’ the milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way. Thou wouldst be great, art not without ambition, but without the illness that should attend it”

Loves his wife

  • “My dearest partner of greatness”
  • “Be innocent of the knowledge, dearest chuck”
  • “Bring forth men children only”


  • “Stars, hide your fires, let... (More)

Poetry Terms and Definitions with examples


Definition: The repetition of the beginning consonant sounds of neighboring words within a line.

Example: “Some Song Sung” or “Heap” and “Recent”.


Definition: The relatively close use of the same or similar vowel sounds but with different end consonants.

Example: “White and Shining” or “Heap and Recent”.


Definition: The close repetition of the same end consonants, but with differing vowel sounds coming before.

Example: “Downtown and Unbound”.


Definition: The continuation of the sense of a sentence of phrase beyond the end of a line.

End Rhyme

Definition: A... (More)

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Leaving Cert. English, Paper 1 – Part B (Composing Section): The Complete Guide

What are you being asked to do?

In the Part B/ composing sections you are being asked to do two things:

  1. Use language in one of five ways: to write either argumentatively, persuasively, informatively, narratively or aesthetically.
  2. Create a written medium aimed at someone (e. g a speech, letter to fellow students, parents). Before looking into these different ways of writing, we need to look at what the marker will be looking for in the answer regardless of what language genre you write in, that you are creating the written medium aimed at an audience asked... (More)