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Shakespeare coursework - Macbeth. The supernatural is vital to the plot and the actions of the characters in Macbeth. As a director of a film version, how would you put across this influence to your chosen audience?

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Shakespeare coursework - Macbeth. The supernatural is vital to the plot and the actions of the characters in Macbeth. As a director of a film version, how would you put across this influence to your chosen audience? In this essay I am going to explain how I would go about directing the first two witches' scenes in Macbeth. I will sum up why I am doing a certain action, for example the symbolism it has and what relevance it has to the witches. First of all I need to know some background about the impact of witches on peoples lives at the time in which it was written. Macbeth was written in 1606 in the time of the Elizabethans when the supernatural was in the forefront of many peoples' minds. Witches were the objects of morbid and fevered fascination. In each village of Elizabethan England the 'evil' goings on were blamed on the old spinster who owned a black cat and never came out of the house. The witch. They were punished or interrogated by being forces to sit on a stool and then 'ducked' in the river. If they floated then they were a witch and if they sank then they weren't a witch but most died of drowning anyway. ...read more.

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I will then have them once again going round their circle saying their lines. I will them have them emphasising the start of every sentence and especially the last phrase. I will have the three witches very calm an collected when they are describing what they are going to do or what is going to happen, because this symbolises the fact that they are in control of the situation. The final line in the scene, "Fair is Foul and foul is fair" is deliberately confusing and I am going to use this to try and get the audience to think about what is going to happen in the film and what the witches are talking about when they talk about the battle being lost and won and the paradox mentioned a few lines earlier. This is also of course an alliteration in the fact that the F's are repeated and I will have the witches emphasising these like a drum, as well as a set of tom-toms in the background the give the impression of a highland battle as well as for them to keep in time with each other. Although I am trying to get the viewer to guess what is happening in the film, the audience will probably know the storyline because it is such a famous play and therefore they won't need to guess the storyline. ...read more.

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as if he doesn't understand and say their confusing lines with a smirk on their faces, such as the line, "Not so happy yet much happier." In the text where it says the witches vanish, I will actually get them to disappear by then spinning around all at the same time with their long cloaks on and then the clocks will drop to the floor and the witches will be gone. After seeing this, Macbeth and Banquo start to believe what the witches have said and quite fancy themselves as kings. They shout to each other, "You children shall be kings.... You shall be king." This of course is confusing to the viewer because they can't both be the king....... ............................ Shakespeare coursework - Macbeth. Rob Jones The supernatural is vital to the plot and the actions of the characters in Macbeth. As a director of a film version, how would you put across this influence to your chosen audience? Apart from the background music and scenes that I have mentioned, there won't be many extra special effects, i.e. I will be keeping it simple, and I won't have any extra characters apart from the ones mentioned in the text. They are: Witch 1 Witch 2 Witch 3 MACBETH BANQUO This of course is only a part of the whole book, but I think that it gives a lasting impression of the witches and the rest of the story. ............................. ...read more.

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