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Analyse the relationship between Macbeth and his wife in Act one Scene seven, having studied the language carefully show how this was presented by two different directors and say which you prefer.

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Analyse the relationship between Macbeth and his wife in Act one Scene seven, having studied the language carefully show how this was presented by two different directors and say which you prefer. The story of Macbeth is one of power at the expense of everything. Shakespeare's Macbeth involves betrayal, frauds, and false appearances between the characters. Nothing is what is seems to be. The characters' ambitions grow and evil controls their fate. As the story develops, the realities of the situations become pure illusions. Everything starts to become an illusion after Macbeth meets the three witches. Repeatedly, he begins to ponder on the idea of becoming king. Knowing that this could be true, he and Lady Macbeth plan a scheme to get rid of Duncan (the present king). Macbeth is at a loss in his soliloquy in Act 1 Scene seven, He is thinking over his plans to kill his King so that he himself can become King. Macbeth realises in his mind that it is not the thought of judgement in heaven or hell that is holding him back from this dreadful deed, but the repercussions it will have on him in the hear and now. ...read more.

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They appear they cannot bear to be away from each other. Lady Macbeth is portrayed as being lifeless and mindless in this production, she is dressed in dowdy black clothes with no hair showing or make up on. It is almost as if The Royal Shakespeare Company wanted to hide all traces of her femininity. During Macbeth's soliloquy in this production his face is like a blank canvas, he is staring into the camera appearing to be addressing the audience. This involves the audience in his emotions and decisions in this scene, he stares blankly while speaking, an almost eerie stare. In the background we can ironically hear the music from the banquet being held for Duncan which heightens the hypocrisy of the whole matter. Lady Macbeth enters at this point and we can immediately tell that she is worried about him being on his own, she realises that Macbeth will make decisions without her and she refuses to let him do so. Lady Macbeth immediately gains control as she is stronger verbally than Macbeth, hen Lady Macbeth is convincing Macbeth to murder we are however reminded of her femininity, she has almost a sexual energy when she is blackmailing Macbeth, her face is sweaty and glowing and her breath is quick and heavy. ...read more.

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Both Lady Macbeth and Macbeth are almost crying when entering the banquet scene at this point. Macbeth is torn between his country and his wife, and Lady Macbeth feels she is loosing control of her husband. A smile quickly returns to Lady Macbeth's face however when we see Macbeth agreeing to pursue the murder, Polanski has here shown how Lady Macbeth abused her feminine powers to influence Macbeth's mind. The scene ends with Macbeth's inward thinking again and Polanski omitted a few lines that he felt were irrelevant to the scene. I prefer to watch The Royal Shakespeare's version of Act one Scene seven as I like the way they have the entire play set with a black background. I think this way it is easier to appreciate facial expressions and tone of voice, as there are no props and extras to distract your mind away from the plot. I also like the way they try to hide the characters behind plain costumes, this way their true character is only seen in crucial points in the play. I think however that maybe some detail to the banquet and the castle would have been helpful to us though as at times the scene was difficult to understand. I think maybe if we could se al little of what the characters were speaking of it would have helped understand the language more efficiently. By Kirsti Hanlon ...read more.

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