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Compare and contrast the BBC and RSC version of act v scene (I)

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Compare and contrast the BBC and RSC version of act v scene (I) When we watch any version of this scene, or for that matter, read it, we must remember that the scene is the beginning of the end of the play and therefore is very significant. This is the scene that confirms the mental breakdown of Lady Macbeth. We have not seen Lady Macbeth since the banquet scene. Between when we first see her, when she reads Macbeth's letter in act I scene v, and now, she has changed dramatically. Macbeth has no need for her help or advice anymore, and this damages Lady Macbeth emotionally because she was the brains of the outfit from the very start and now she is being distanced from Macbeth because she rates lower in his list of usefulness. She has done her part and is now no longer needed by Macbeth. When we first see her in this scene she comes across as guilt-ridden, despairing and broken. ...read more.


This tells me also that she regrets what she has done and knows how she shall pay for it, with her sanity and eventually her life. In the same monologue she asks rhetorically "who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?" This is related to the murder of Duncan and it tells me that she has had afterthoughts on the committing of the murder. She regrets it and a lot of blood could symbolize effects of the killing spreading, like the blood of Duncan, faster and faster and further and therefore Lady Macbeth could in theory be saying, "Why and how did this have such a massive psychological effect on me?" The line that follows this portrays equally as well the guilt that Lady Macbeth is feeling, "The Thane of Fife had a wife, where is she now?" In the BBC version, we hear her recite this as if it were a nursery rhyme, which could represent the innocence of youth that Lady Macbeth has lost through murderous deeds. ...read more.


refers again to the murder of Duncan. Both of these previously mentioned lines are dramatized and emotionally charged in both productions. I think that a better production could be made if factors from both were mixed together to form a perfect performance. For example, the manner in which Judi Dench (RSC production) speaks in a heart-wrenching voice as if she is on the bawling her eyes out helps reveal and release emotion and tension felt by Lady Macbeth. However Jean LaPotaire (BBC version) portrays the physical and mental support she has for her husband when she tells him to "come, come, come, come" in line sixty three-sixty four much better than Dench. The BBC version includes an eerie mist on the stage, this suggests to me that evil was present, also darkness, mystery and disguise. The candle that Dench uses also attracts the attention of the viewer. This is much better than the BC version in the sense that the light to the rear of the set distracts viewers' focus but LaPotaire's acting around and alongside the doctor and gentlewoman was exceptionally impressive in its portraying of Lady Macbeth's sense being shut (line twenty five). Peter Doherty S.2.D. English Coursework ...read more.

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