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Describe how you would direct act 3 scene 4 to effectively and powerfully convey the dramas characterisation and themes

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Describe how you would direct act 3 scene 4 to effectively and powerfully convey the dramas characterisation and themes. It is extremely important that an author is able to manipulate a reader's feelings towards a character in literary pieces; this is achieved by William Shakespeare. Shakespeare incorporates the use of imagery throughout the play; animals, blood, clothing and weather are some of the main components used as symbols. Literary elements such as symbolism are used for example the owl or falcon which when the play was written where both associated with supernatural happenings. To help compel the importance of imagery in modern day adaptations of Macbeth directors will often use symbols for example darkness, which in our society is often a primary characteristic of evil and black cats are normally associated with bad luck. Although the symbols from the Elizabethan era are read differently we are able to convert them and use a modern day equivalent. The section act 3 scene 4 contains sections in which the imagery is detailed and obvious but then as a contrast it also contains sections which are abstract leaving the meaning to the audience/reader's imagination, each of the symbols have a significant meaning to understanding the play. The main components significant to a director when planning the scene are clothing, lighting, props and possibly the stage directions. ...read more.

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Another reason I chose these colours is because I felt they show the drastic contrast between the way Macbeth and Lady Macbeth were before they entangled themselves in murders. The murders will match Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in the sense they will be wearing black symbolising the death they just caused but they will also be wearing red for the blood as a result of the murder. As Macbeth is giving his speech the murders arrive through a large wooden door on the left side of the stage, they are noticed by Macbeth and so he goes to ask whether job was done. A spot light will follow Macbeth across the stage and as he goes the stage behind him will gradually fade until only a silhouette of the banquet can be seen turning all attention on Macbeth with the murders. When Macbeth says 'There's blood upon thy face' there will be a quick red flash to emphasis this line and the reason the blood is there. Macbeth will have a devilish smirk as he is praising the murders but once he hears 'Fleance is 'scap'd' his expression will drop and he will clench his fists with widened eyes before explaining how everything would have been perfect if the boy hadn't gotten away. As he says 'but now I am cabin'd, cribbed, confined...' ...read more.

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Banquo will wear navy blue; his clothes will be ripped and covered in blood. His face will be cut and filled with blood one eye will be swollen shut, and flesh that is showing will be blue but extremely light so that it is almost white to show he is cold as a result of being dead. Macbeth will be stumbling backwards he will then fall to the ground just before he reaches the other table and cover his face with his hands whilst shouting 'Avaunt...glare with'. Lady Macbeth will drop to his side and begin talking to him trying to calm him down. The flashing red light will stop leaving the stage in complete darkness so the ghost can leave and then slowly as if being cautious (to make the audience wonder what happened), the normal lights will illuminate the stage. The guests will come out of the still image and once asked to leave will file out. The two will remain on the floor until Lady Macbeth says 'You lack the season of all natures, sleep', she will stand up and help Macbeth up as he finishes the scene with a sly smirk. They will both exit the stage enabling it to welcome the dramatic arrival of the witches in the next scene. This scene should be exciting with lots of flashes and illusions to emphasis the themes. It should create an unnerving atmosphere and keep the audience on their toes. ...read more.

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