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Shakespeare's tragedy about madness and ambition is an established favourite for senior students. Since the bulk of English literature units focus on close textual analysis, the ability to perform 'close readings' is essential for students of literature. This handout provides a a brief, student-friendly explanation of what a close reading actually is and how to perform it, followed by a sample close reading of the opening passage.

Macbeth: What is a Close Reading and Sample Close Reading

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