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Compare The Presentation Of The Supernatural In The Two Productions You Have Seen And Discuss Its Influence On Macbeth.

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Compare The Presentation Of The Supernatural In The Two Productions You Have Seen And Discuss Its Influence On Macbeth 'Macbeth' is one of William Shakespeare's most famous plays. Shakespeare wrote three types of plays, which were tragedies, comedies and histories. 'Macbeth' is a tragedy. The Aristotelian definition of tragedy is the destruction of a great man by a fatal flaw in his character. Macbeth's flaw was that he was too ambitious and he was too easily influenced by the witches. Macbeth was an eponymous hero which means that his name is the title of the play. The play is set in 11th Century Scotland in the middle of a Civil War. Shakespeare included a wide range of supernatural elements in this play because at that time of history the Elizabethans and the King would have believed in witches and sorcery. The fact that over the years the play has been changed to tone down the supernatural element to suit the more sceptical audience proves just how powerful Shakespeare's plays were and still are many years after his death. The play is based on fact and carries the moral that you should not be too ambitious because ambition leads to hate. Over the years, actors who have played the role of Macbeth have become very superstitious and it is said to be bad luck to say the name, Macbeth. We have watched two versions of Macbeth on video. The Polanski is the Elizabethan style version and the Channel four is the modern, up to date version starring Sean Pertwee as Macbeth. ...read more.

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This could represent that he has become more ruthless and he is willing to kill anyone who gets in his way. Also we see how Macbeth is evil because he is prepared to kill Macduff even though he cannot harm him. The third apparition shows a child who has been crowned with a tree in his hand. This could be Duncan's son Malcolm but it is not clear. Macbeth is told that he will not be harmed 'until Birnam Wood climbs up Dunsinane Hill.' In the final part of this scene, Macbeth asks if Banquo's predictions will come true which shows that he is not as confident as he acts because he is worried abut being taken over. The witches show him one last apparition. Macbeth is walking through the forest and there are many Kings holding mirrors. Every time he looks in a mirror he sees Banquo's sons and they are followed by Banquo. This gives a sense that Macbeth cannot get away from the fact that Banquo's sons will become Kings. Macbeth seems very nervous and he appears to be trapped. Overall, this scene shows a very powerful supernatural element and it is a very important scene in the play because it shows Macbeth succumb to evil once again and plan to murder Macduff's wife and children. The Channel four version portrays this scene differently again due to the fact that the audience do not believe in witches anymore. To start with the setting is very different. It is bright daylight and the witches are standing around a giant water reservoir with flames floating on the water. ...read more.

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Also, Lady Macbeth commits suicide but Macbeth is not upset. He has been consumed with guilt after all the terrible things he has done and he says life means nothing. In the polanski version, Macbeth kills young Siward and then is killed by Macduff. His head is severed from his body then placed on a stick. This could show the dishonour after his death. In the Channel Four version, they fight using guns instead of swords, which shows how the play has been updated over the years. The two closing scenes are very important to this play although they are very different and neither is in the original play script. In the Polanski, we see Donalbain, Duncan's son, riding on his horse up to the hill where the witches are. The weather is dark and dreary and you can hear shrieking and eerie singing noises. This all gives the impression that it could all start again and perhaps Donalbain could kill his own brother to become the King. The final scene of the Channel four version is also very effective. Macbeth's dead body is picked up by a truck and dumped on the hill where the witches are living. The final part of this scene shows the witches going through Macbeth's belongings and taking all his things. This shows the humiliation after his death and it shows that he got what he deserved in the end. Overall, in both plays we learn that too much ambition is not a good thing and once it has gone too far there is no turning back. 11th November 2000 Kirsty Ellison 10D2 Upminster Havering Gaynes 12847 Candidate Number: Page 1 ...read more.

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