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Greater Dublin Area (GDA) for Leaving Cert Geography

Tip: I found it extremely beneficial to know this chapter inside out and back to front. There is more to write about the GDA in comparison with the West of Ireland, and the questions are often easier to get big marks in. There’s a good bit in this chapter, but much of it is common sense or things you’d hear about on the news. Be specific; learn exact figures regarding population, average temperatures etc. This is a critical piece of advice across the entire geography course, but particularly in the Regional section. 

Our Geography notes are coming soon, subscribe to our emails to get all the important updates (it's free and secure) Physical processes  Climate  Cool temperate maritime  Lower precipitation (compared to the WoI). 800-1000mm per year. In rain shadow of Dublin Mountains (which are 1200m high) Sunshine- 4 hours per day average Summer temperature- 16 degrees Celsius Winter temperature- 5 degrees Celsius Growing season- 270 days Relief
Lowland region- low, flat land Dublin…

Macbeth Sample Essay Plan: Power


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This was my actual LC essay title. The other essay title was on the evolving Macbeth-Lady Macbeth relationship which was a little tedious and not enough angles to look at it - I thought, so for a higher mark I went with the power one. In retrospect, it was a little risky, because I had never even considered the theme of power in Macbeth. Kingship - yes. Powerful language- yes. Strong characters- yes. But not power per se. So this emphasises that learning off essays is a bit of a waste.  Definitely know the basics well, but it is probably better to think about different topics rather than to read and reread 5 good essays. Also I imagine most people answered the relationship question rather than this one as they felt that it is more familiar to them. That puts you in a bigger pool of people who are leaning on their knowledge rather than synthesis - and it is much harder to stand out that way. In short, if you want a good B - go for the essay you kind of wrote before, but if you are betting on an A - you have to make it up on the spot a little.

Feel free to agree or disagree or sit on the fence. It is usually easier not to disagree.

Before you write the introduction you should be thinking of what the crooks of the essay are going to be.

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Use of power 
- Macbeth’s physical power as applied on the battlefield
- Duncan’s use of political power, or lack thereof
- Lady Macbeth uses her influence to support her husband
- divine power “healing” the sick and curing “the Evil”
- Malcolm identifies the ideal of moral/political power
- nature's power to reflect Scotland's disarray
- powerful language and imagery
- the obsession with power dominates the story

Abuse of power 
- the power of evil                                                                                       
- the witches’ prophetic power deceives their victims
- Lady Macbeth also uses her power of persuasion/blackmail to push him into committing to their plan
- Macbeth's reign over Scotland is powerful but damaging

Refer to the SEC marking scheme for a better understanding of what examiners reward.

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