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  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: Drama
  • Word count: 1648

The play Macbeth is a tragedy, dealing with the downfall and death of the main character.

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Introduction

The play Macbeth is a tragedy, dealing with the downfall and death of the main character. At the outset of the play Macbeth was a hero he was full of confidence from winning battles. However he had a fatal flaw in him which led him to want more. He was told by the witches that he would become king; his ambition drove him to kill Duncan. Hence the witches along with Lady Macbeth who worked on his fatal flaw and encouraging him towards his downfall. He commits treason and murder. He is no longer a hero. He threw it all away and he loses all respect from the people. Shakespeare has used the witches to tempt Macbeth towards this path of evil. The importance of witches always being an item in the play shows an evil presence all the time. At the time when Shakespeare wrote the play witches were a big part in society. People would accuse lonely old women of being witches and they would often blame them for the death of their animals or for storms at sea. So Shakespeare deliberately used the witches in his play as he knew the audience at that time would be interested in it. ...read more.

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Macbeth describes the heath as a "blasted heath" which means a very unpopulated place, not many people around this scene and therefore an ideal place for the witches to be, It is like their natural element thunder and lighting .The witches tend to make animal references quite a lot. As early as scene one Shakespeare has the witches using such references as "...I'll thither sail, and like a rat without a tail, I'll do, I'll do and I'll do". Shakespeare used this association of the witches with rats because at that time rats were the cause of deaths to thousands as they spread plagues everywhere. People hated rats even more then than they do now. So it was a very powerful statement when the witch compared herself to a rat. "She nurses the sailor so he can't drink or sleep" this piece from Macbeth shows the witch as a very powerful being as she is able to stop a sailor from drinking and going to sleep. The funny side of this play must be that Shakespeare's audience believed it all. Having considered Shakespeare's production of the witches in the text, I am now going to examine how these two scenes have been realized in the BBC production of the play. ...read more.

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Macbeth is tormented by evil in the third scene as the witches speak to him one at a time making him swing around to find the source of the voice. This tells the audience from the very start he is going to be controlled by evil. Having watched the BBC production of the play my opinion of the version is it has its strengths and its weaknesses. One of the strengths in the production is the altar at the start of scene 1. It was very good the way they tricked you into thinking that boulders where boulders when they were actually witches pretending to be boulders. This I thought was a brilliant tactic by the director as it showed the audience that things aren't as they always seem. One of the weaknesses in the play was the failure to stage a realistic looking set; I thought the set was so poor it could have been used in a school play. The special effect was very ineffective as well as the lightning strikes. Overall the BBC version of the play was good acting wise but the staging was very poor staged and the effects were very unrealistic. If I was the director I would have changed the staging and may be have directed it outside to give it a better effect. If I was going use lighting effects I would have made them more realistic ...read more.

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