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Analyze the differences between the 2006 BBC version of Macbeth and Shakespeare's version. Comment on how the story has been changed to suit the demands of a modern day audience and review the T.V adaptation.

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Analyze the differences between the 2006 BBC version of Macbeth and Shakespeare's version. Comment on how the story has been changed to suit the demands of a modern day audience and review the T.V adaptation. In this essay I'm going to write about the differences and similarities between the 2006 BBC version of Macbeth and Shakespeare's version. Within the first paragraph I'm going to write about how well the script and settings have been adapted to suit a modern day audience. The second paragraph will be about the types of filming effects that the new version of Macbeth uses to make a modern day audience get the same feeling out of watching Macbeth as the people of the 16th century would have got watching Macbeth on stage as a play and noting how effective these effects have been. ...read more.

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give the prediction that Joe (Macbeth) will only be defeated when pigs fly (pigs being the police). On the other hand I don't think that the producer/ director of the BBC version of Macbeth have done a very good job of converting the characters in the old Macbeth into characters from the 21st century because back in the 16th century to kill a king would be one of the worst crimes a man could commit because they believed that the king was personally selected by God to rule over the land (which is what happens in the old version) but in the new version Joe (Macbeth) kills the owner of a top restaurant in order to become head chef which I don't think is very realistic and doesn't compare to killing the king in the old version of Macbeth. ...read more.

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But in the new version of Macbeth Ella (Lady Macbeth) very rapidly turns mad as apposed to slowly deteriorating until she finally goes mad. I think the ways within which they show her going mad i.e. doing her lipstick then smudging it all over her face, was very effective although I thought that it would have been even more effective if she slowly went mad over a longer period of time. In general I personally thought that Shakespeare's original version of Macbeth was better than the BBC's new version. This is because I felt that the situations used in the BBC's version of Macbeth were very unrealistic and not as dramatic as the old one which would have been one of the most dramatic plays of its time. That's why I personally prefer the old Shakespeare's version of Macbeth. ...read more.

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