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History behind the drama of Macbeth

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INTRODUCTION History behind the drama of Macbeth Eleventh-century Scotland was a violent and disturbed country. Feuding families and cliques fought to preside over trade and territory. For in this vicious and unruly time the castle was the commanding foundation of each rival warlord. For Invasions and attacks on castles were extremely frequent from the rampant Vikings and local Scottish men whom endeavoured to banish the obstinate forces that hindered their way to triumph over the Scots. Political murder and revenge killings were also commonplace. Macbeth was born into this vicious and brutal environment in 1005, for he was the son of the great family whom fixed their authority on Moray and Ross, which were major areas the Scottish surroundings. However Macbeth's family were psychologically ill at ease with one anther and so as a consequence his father was assassinate by his cousins. So inevitability Macbeth was obviously emotionally troubled by the shocking circumstances regarding his father's death, and tried to lead a normal life with his wife Gruach, whom was granddaughter to a high king of Scotland. The present ruler of Scotland was king Duncan, whom had been an extremely ineffectual and unpopular ruler amidst all the civil problems. Duncan was inevitably murdered when he was thirty-eight, historians believe it might of probably been Macbeth, whom as a result of Duncan's eagerly awaited death, was coroneted high king of Scotland in 1040 and ruled for seventeen years. For the first ten years in reign he brought the country much needed peace and stability and in doing so he was acknowledged as the reforming king. Incidentally there is no evidence to conclude that Macbeth dabbled in witchcraft, for indeed like most kings of his time he was a strong supporter of the church. However it is acknowledged that King James the first, whom was in power at the time of Shakespeare's play righting years, in fact a large minority of the general public were fascinated by the world of witchcraft, for during this time of witch -mania it is stated that horrific numbers of people (usually women) ...read more.


By using modern day technology I am going to aim to craft the witch's appearances as hideous and deformed as I possibly can get them, for in doing so I believe it will shock and frighten the audience, so again as a consequence it will cause maximum dramatic effect. The witches will appear similar to the long-established witch that we all distinguish for having long pointy noises, covered in moulds and warts. The witches that will appear in my set will take on these characteristics, but be more gruesome and shocking than ever before. Since they will have deformed heads no eyes, and they will also have a very thin amount of blackish white greasy hair. This again will add to the shockingly grisly tension sensed by the audience. The witches will all be clothed in jet-black cloaks that will flutter in the blustery winds on peak of the uninhabited hills of Scotland. For all I have been attempting to create throughout this scene is a sensation of ghastly images that will hopefully shock the audience and capture their imagination, so they will be eager to view the remanding part of the play. Act one scene three Summary of scene The scene commences with the three unchanged witches recognize from the opening scene. For they are awaiting Macbeth whom is returning from the battle against the Swedes, he is accompanied with his gallant and passionate fellow Scotsmen, Banquo. However conversely the witches chant a spell preparing for the arrival of Macbeth. They greet him with the forecast that he will become the thane of cawdor and shortly afterwards will be suited King of Scotland. Banquo obviously accepts that the whitches might be speaking the truth and so as a consequence he demands to know his own future, and the witches prophesy that Banquo's decedents will be kings, but he himself will not. The witches refusing to respond to any other questions vanish. ...read more.


And so because they are unfamiliar characters to the audience's recollection I will dress these men in royal like clothes for the reason that they are both thanes. Angus and Ross will deliver the news of the enchantment of the king concerning Macbeth's victorious win over the Swedes. Ross will follow steadily explaining the current situation regarding the 'Thane of Cawdor' and will eventually pronounce Macbeth with the greatly admired tile of 'thane of Cawdor'. So obviously Macbeth at this point will realize that the prophecies made by the witches are starting to unfold. Therefore I will direct Macbeth to conduct himself in a stunned and gob smacked manner, this could be illustrate by his facial expressions this could be accomplished by him exemplifying a guilty and mortified smile or by his general body language, for this I sense will exaggerate the traumatic atmosphere. Following this encounter with Angus and Ross, Macbeth suddenly begins to give you the expression that he is keeping his thoughts to himself. For this can be seen in lines 126 to 141 were by he is speaking to himself about the horrified thought of killing Duncan, an instants for this could be on line 136 ' Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair and make my seated heart knock at my ribs against the use of nature' or line 138 'My thought, whose murder yet is but fascinated'. As Macbeth is speaking to himself I will direct him to walk up and down the stage with a worried gaze on his face, for this will increase the initiative of Macbeth showing what emotional strained and anxiousness he is going through to the audience. This scene will end after the dialog were by Macbeth is talking to himself, for I feel this will keep the audience in suspense, for they will all be penetrating all their thoughts into what is going to become of the rapidly deteriorating Macbeth. This kind of 'cliff-hanger' will also add to the apprehensive atmosphere. ...read more.

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