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Roman Polanski's Interpretation of Shakespeare's Presentation of the witches in act 1 scene 1 and scene 3 of Macbeth by William Shakespeare.

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Roman Polanski's Interpretation of Shakespeare's Presentation of the witches in act 1 scene 1 and scene 3 of Macbeth by William Shakespeare. Act 1 Scene 1 In Shakespeare's ??????? scene the witches are presented in an open place, this creates a sense of mystery as to why an open place was chosen and already the audience are beginning to ask questions about these witches. The thunder and lightning in the background adds to the tension that has already been built up by the witches. I think that Shakespeare did this on purpose because when there was thunder and lightning it was associated with bad goings on. In the first four lines of the play the witches are talking in rhymes, this adds to the incantatory effect that that the witches are casting a spell and that they are all over a cauldron or a fire of some sort. When thy ask when they shall meet again and they only mention bad weather as options e.g. thunder, lightning or in rain (Act1, Sc,1,L1-2), this shows that they have the ability to control the weather and meet in any kind of weather that they want. The next thing that the witches talk about is "when the hurly-burly's done when the battle's lost and won." ...read more.

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A seagull flies over them in the sky, this adds to the eeriness that has already been created and then a mist begins to fall. When the witches begin to walk away weird noises begin this adds to the sense of eeriness that has already been created. One other thing that Polanski changes is that the witches have no beards and they have a cart with them, there was no mention of a cart in Shakespeare's play. The young witch pulls the cart and the blind witch holds on to it and the other one walks on their own and they leave no tracks behind. The camera then goes into like a windscreen and to black lines appear one from the top and one from the bottom. Act 1 Scene 3 In scene three this is the second encounter with the witches for the audience but not for Macbeth. The three witches enter on a heath this is specific because it is possibly an eerie or isolated place. Again at the start of this scene there is thunder so bad weather must be in some way connected with witch craft of some sort. In the second line when the witch says "killing swine" this confirmed for the contemporary audience that they in fact witches and they practiced evil. ...read more.

Conclusion

As the witches run off past a door Banquo cracks a joke and says that they vanished. When they ride off Macbeth says that Banquo's children shall be kings and Banquo say that Macbeth shall be king and they bother laugh in a ghoulish way. The next shot opens with Macbeth lying in his tent and Polanski uses a voice over here when Rosse comes riding up to the camp with the medallion for Macbeth to become Thane of Cawdor, when Macbeth hears about this he looks at Banquo and Banquo says "may the devil speak true" and it's from here on in that Macbeth really begins to think about the witches prophecies. When he renters his tent Polanski uses a voice over here again and Macbeth is thinking really hard about what has just happened and when he exit's the tent again he seems to be more forceful and arrogant. Roman Polanski's interpretation of the witches is very close to the original Shakespeare text. He cuts out the start of scene 3 and edits scene 1 by reversing it. This was a good interpretation of the witches and I enjoyed the film. Mark Donnelly 11C Mr Chambers ...read more.

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