How can I write a five paragraph essay about Macbeth?

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Traditionally, if you are asked to write a five-paragraph essay (or what is now often called a one-three-one essay), you would do the following.

Determine what point about the play you are trying to make in the paper. For example, you might want to argue that Macbeth is using an eerie setting to underscore how killing a king and usurping a throne throw a whole country out of kilter. If this is the case, you would first write a thesis statement arguing this point. The key thing is not just to say that Shakespeare uses spooky settings and events to build an atmosphere of a country out of kilter—you have to state how . For instance, you could say Shakespeare takes pains to create a spooky atmosphere to show the horror of killing a king when he introduces the three...

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