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The witches are an important supernatural element in the play. Explain how you would stage Act1 scenes 1 and 3, and how the part of Macbeth should be played to show his reaction to the witches?

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Macbeth The witches are an important supernatural element in the play. Explain how you would stage Act1 scenes 1 and 3, and how the part of Macbeth should be played to show his reaction to the witches? In the 21st century, we now believe that witches and witchcraft are only a myth. This is the reason why the job of the director is a lot harder than back in the Elizabethan times. Nowadays, a director has to express the evilness of the witches with great emphasis due to us not believing in witchcraft. The job of the director is to choose the look of each character, choose the costumes for each character, decide on special effects and choose the scene setting. If I were the director and had to stage scene 1, I would set it deep in the woods where there would be a few little wooden huts where the witches would sleep and do their witchcraft. ...read more.

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This scene is set with the witches sitting around a cauldron and chanting words such as "Graymalkin" and "Paddock calls" It is very short but ends very well by all the witches chanting a speech. This is a very important scene for both Macbeth and Banquo. As they get told their first prophecies by the witches it is at this point when the play really begins. After the visit to the witches when they had been told prophecies, it makes Macbeth start to think I am "Thane of Glamis" which is Macbeth's current title. I am going to be "Thane of Cawdor." What Macbeth doesn't know is that the current Thane of Cawdor had been a traitor to the king I am going to be "king thereafter" which means he will be king in the near future. ...read more.

Conclusion

Shortly after the witches disappear Angus and Ross meet up with both Macbeth and Banquo. They give Macbeth the news that the current "Thane of Cawdor" was going to be killed and he was the king's choice to be "Thane of Cawdor". Macbeth then gives a very important speech to everyone who can hear, in a happy but cautious voice. It is at this point when Banquo notices how Macbeth is absorbed "look how our partners rapt". "Worthy Macbeth, we stay upon your leisure" Banquo tries to get Macbeth's attention but realises he is not listening to him when he says "Think upon what hath chanc'd and at more time". If I had the job of the director, I would end the scene with Macbeth in a weird tranced mood with Banquo trying to make him face the facts of reality. I would have the scene set by caves of some sort, as it would give a bit more feeling to the speeches as they would be echoed. ...read more.

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