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I am going give my opinion on how Bill Alexander portrays Act 1 Scene 7 of Macbeth, comparing this to the original Shakespeare text.

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Sara Montgomery In this piece of coursework I am going give my opinion on how Bill Alexander portrays Act 1 Scene 7 of Macbeth, comparing this to the original Shakespeare text. This scene plays a very important role in the play as we see the power that Lady Macbeth has over her husband. We see this through the language used, the colours used in the film and also the choice of actress to play the role of Lady Macbeth. In this scene we will also look at how well Bill Alexander brings forth this great Shakespeare play. As we enter this scene we read Macbeth's soliloquy. Through this we can see that he clearly is not as evil as the dark background in the production makes him out to be. As Macbeth talks on we can see that he starting to realise that taking part in this murder is not the thing he should be doing, "as his host, who should against the murderer shut the door, not bear the knife myself." ...read more.

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Macbeth is clearly fickle, and easily lead. As we read on we see that yet again Lady Macbeth challenges her husband manhood by comparing him to a 'beast' This is clearly emphasized in the speech, referring to Macbeth as subhuman, and the lowest of the low because he has not kept the promise he made to her. The next part of Lady Macbeth's speech, plays a crucial part in this scene, especially to Louise Lombard. As Louise does not believe in absolute evil, she wants to be able to make her audience believe that Lady Macbeth is the same malice person as the original text makes her out to be. Louise believes that both Lady Macbeth and her husband loved this baby with great sentiment, and that Lady Macbeth is trying to get her revenge in on the world for having her only baby taken away from her, in heart-rending circumstances. This is why in the production she says these lines with great emotion and feeling to them, not like the way you would expect them to be said. ...read more.

Conclusion

I.e. they are not really in the right state of mind. However we also realise that the alliteration "false face" has been out in this sentence in order to connote evil. We see that in our society today, a masked person commits many of the inhumane deeds carried out. This is so as to take the blame away from them and put it on a 'different person.' However we know if we read on that, every sin is always found out. No matter how big or how small, and eventually it will end in tragic consequences for the people concerned. I feel like Bill Alexander, did a good job in choosing the correct actress and actor to play the roles of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, and I also feel that he made a good attempt at showing what really what went on inside the heads of the Macbeth's. This is especially apparent when they both leave the dark, dull, damp room, side by side, not hand in hand. This shows that they will always stand side by side, no matter what they will have to face. ...read more.

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