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How successful do the Royal Shakespeare Company portray Lady Macbeth in Act 1 Scene 5 of the 1976 version.

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How successful do the Royal Shakespeare Company portray Lady Macbeth in Act 1 Scene 5 of the 1976 version. For this essay I'm looking at how successful the RSC portrays Lady Macbeth in act 1 scene 5. In this scene Lady Macbeth receives a letter from her husband, Macbeth who is played by Ian McKellen. The letter informs Lady Macbeth of his plans of killing Duncan and Lady Macbeth asks the evil spirits to fill her. At the end of the scene Macbeth enters and the two show how passionate they are for each other. I'm going to look at how Lady Macbeth who is played by Judi Dench and how the director, Trevor Nunn portrays her. In the video in act 1 scene 5 we see that the director has used good lighting techniques on Lady Macbeth. We can see that Lady Macbeth has a dark and light side on her face which tells us she has an evil side and a good side to her and that she is duplicitous. ...read more.

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In the RSC video we see this by the shapeless black dress and hat which makes her look evil as black is associated with evil. Her hair is covered up with make he look more masculine. Lady Macbeth's costume is also universal which makes which links in with the play which is also universal. In act 1 scene 5 we see how close they are buy Macbeth sending a letter with his plans which could have got him killed if Lady Macbeth had shown the letter to Duncan, this tells us that Macbeth has complete trust in Lady Macbeth. They are also very affectionate to each other as Macbeth calls Lady Macbeth "My dearest love" this is shown at the end of scene 5 in the video when Macbeth and Lady Macbeth hugging and kissing. We also see that Lady Macbeth doesn't wear any jewellery in the RSC video apart from a wedding ring. ...read more.

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We also see that she is vulnerable when she sits down in lines 15-24 and her voice also trembles. However once she is filled by the evil spirits see becomes less nervous and her voice changes, she becomes stronger. At the end of the scene she controls Macbeth by moving him this is shown in the play when she says "Leave all the rest to me." In the RSC video whenever Lady Macbeth is reading the letter we can tell from her voice that she is incredulous by the way she repeats lines from the letter which isn't in the play such as "Hail King that shall be". She is also very ambitious for Macbeth and gives him advice when she tells him to "look like the innocent flower, /But be the serpent under't." In video we see that she is ambitious for Macbeth by the tone of her voice. Therefore in conclusion the RSC have portrayed Lady Macbeth very well as the director has used very effective techniques to show her two sides, her weakness and her close relationship with her husband. Alan McKeown ...read more.

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