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A letter about Macbeth.

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Mustafa Ali Sunday, 09 March 2008 Macbeth Dear cast and crew, I am very sorry for my unexpected absence. Not to worry, hopefully I'll be back on Monday ready to see your work. As you know, Act two, Scene 2, is a really important part of this play. I hope you can portray this with that importance. I have left clear directorial notes for you to follow which should make it easier for you. Macbeth: Before Act 2, Scene 2, we see that Macbeth is having doubts whether to kill the King Duncan. We learn that he was unblemished and he was a noble warrior. At the beginning of the play we see a different side to Macbeth. We know that he is strong, brave and is a loyal warrior. He is very patriotic and fights for his country. But, when he meets the three witches and they give him the prophecy, we see a darker side to him. We see that he can be brave and loyal but he can also be tyrannical. When the plot is put together, Macbeth starts to show his anxiousness and his feelings start to rot away. ...read more.


She must portray when filming that she has a lot of control over Macbeth. The women during Shakespeare's time were quiet and looked after the children and the house while the husbands were out fighting for their country. Sometimes they would have to safeguard the castles because they would probably be under attack from the opposition. They wouldn't think of putting treason into the minds of their husbands. They would despise it, not encourage it. Lady Macbeth's character must be portrayed as if there are two different people altogether. The actress must be persuasive, evil and scheming yet also have a soft side which we see in lines 12-13 in Act 2, Scene2. She says "Had he not resembled my father as he slept, I'd have done it." This line tells/shows the audience that the 'gods' hadn't ridden her of her conscience and she is still human. It reflects her as a person. She's two-faced, evil and has two sides to her. The other side of her is shown when the Scots have won the battle against the Norwegians and Macbeth is given the title of the Thane of Cawdor. ...read more.


You are also full of guilt and I want you to speak in a soft voice but as if you have something stuck in your throat stopping you from speaking loudly. Lady Macbeth: In this scene she shows her dominance over Macbeth at her highest point and being heartless is one of many of her characteristics. In this scene in particular this is shown when in Polanski's production of Macbeth. The reason for this is he stays true to the story and the whole setting of it seems believable. If I was to update the killing of King Duncan, then I would have to put in perspective the forensics, the DNA and everything. It would be a lot easier to keep the killing in the Polanski style rather than in the context of the Penny Woolcock production which was called 'Macbeth on the estate.' I thought that the Penny Woolcock production was not really suitable because it was a gang from the 20th century speaking Shakespearean language which seems rather pointless. The whole cast will be wearing medieval clothes and so on. I think it will make the production more realistic and more believable. Once again, I'm really sorry for my absence and I'll be back on Monday ready to see your work. ...read more.

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