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From the study of the play Macbeth discuss how you as a director would deal with Act 2 Scene 2.

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MACBETH COURSEWORK Daniel Harrison From the study of the play Macbeth discuss how you as a director would deal with Act 2 Scene 2 Macbeth is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, first performed in 1605-06. Acting on a prophecy by three witches that he will be King of Scotland, Macbeth, egged on by Lady Macbeth, murders King Duncan and becomes king but is eventually killed by Macduff. The play was based on the 16th century historian Holinshed's Chronicles. The play starts with Macbeth as a loyal and brave character, adored by all because of his bravery at war. He comes over to the audience as a loving person who likes to represent his country with pride. Macbeth at first doesn't come over to anyone watching the play that he is at all evil or would have any intent on murdering an innocent man. Macbeth gained a lot of trust and confidence of the people in Duncan's country because of the several battles that Macbeth won. After the witches tell him that he will be King, he makes it his duty to see that that does happen. It's obvious that he didn't really intend on actually murdering the current King to gain the throne. Lady Macbeth is the one who convinces Macbeth to commit the murder, and without her Macbeth would certainly not have even thought about murdering Duncan, and his fantasy of becoming King of Scotland would have just remained in his head. ...read more.

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A few stabs and Duncan was dead! In this version of the play, Macbeth came over as a confident man, even when it came to the murder. I personally think that this isn't right for the play. The aftermath of the murder on Macbeth is very understandable, he's scared and wishing he hadn't killed Duncan. No man or women would be confident when killing an innocent man. In Polanski's version, Macbeth is a lot evil and nervous than Macbeth is; she tries to support Macbeth by smiling a lot. Whereas in 'Macbeth on the Estate', it is totally the other way round, Macbeth is very afraid and wishing that he didn't let himself into this mess, and Lady Macbeth is supporting Macbeth with her fake smiles, and saying that she would have done it but Duncan resembles her father. In Macbeth on the Estate the scene where Macbeth murders Duncan is completely different. Duncan doesn't awake in this version, and you actually see Duncan take the dagger from a guard in Duncan's room. After this the murder is quite quick, much quicker than Polanski's. Lady Macbeth in Polanski's version doesn't really come over as evil and manipulative as she is made out to be in the book or in 'Macbeth on the Estate'; she comes over as actually having feelings for both what is going on and for Macbeth. ...read more.

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After repeatedly stabbing Duncan, Macbeth runs faster than the wind and doesn't stop until he reaches a large empty room on the ground floor of the castle, where Lady Macbeth joins him. Macbeth, still holding the dagger, with his hands covered in blood, goes to hug Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth suddenly stops and realises now what has happened and continuously looks from the dagger to the blood on Macbeth's hands. Lady Macbeth takes 3 or 4 paces backwards and starts weeping, then a knocking is heard within and both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth jump, afraid, not knowing what this knocking is. Macbeth is left on his own as Lady Macbeth runs to plant the dagger that Macbeth has just dropped after hearing the knocking, on the guards who are drunkenly asleep in one of the guests bedrooms. As she goes she is still weeping, it is at this point that Macbeth shouts another one of his one liners "Wake Duncan with thy knocking! I would thou couldst!" The curtain falls and the audience applauds to what they would consider to be the best and most modern version of one of Shakespeare most awkward to understand plays. If I was to direct the play in the ways that I have said above, then the audience a watching, can a) understand what the play is actually about and b) enjoy the play a whole lot more. ...read more.

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