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Imagine you are a director. Direct the actor playing Macbeth in Act 2 Scene 2.

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Macbeth Assignment Paul McCulloch, Mrs. York Imagine you are a director. Direct the actor playing Macbeth in Act 2 Scene 2. Shakespeare's Macbeth has been a play out of the ordinary. It was written to upset, and show life at its most cynical and brutal. It is among his darker pieces of work along with Othello, King Lear and Hamlet. It was also written to please the current King of England at the time, King James I. The play is based on real Scottish history, as King Duncan was killed by one of his kinsmen who then became King. It is set within a Scotland in which frequent wars occur. Returning one of theses wars are Macbeth and Banquo - generals of the Scottish army. Lady Macbeth has made a soliloquy, in which she has asked demons to take away her sexuality and have it replaced with evilness. She asked literally to have her 'breast milk replaced with bile'. Having her milk replaced with bile would supposedly give her the ability to do masculine actions. She desires power and starts to mildly bully her lover, Macbeth, and ridicule his masculinity. She talks about a smiling baby and then one with it's brains smashed out... she'd prefer this to having a husband unwilling to kill in cold blood. Lady Macbeth challenges Macbeth to prove his masculinity, by aiding her in killing King Duncan, who will soon be a guest at their house. The conspiracy is that they kill the King and smear the blood on his guards, which would make them the prime suspects. ...read more.


If this is the correct interpretation, then a tone which is equivalent to the modern phrase 'I told you so' should be used. Also, he should say this line whilst staring at a random spot on the floor, as this would convey both his guilt and his horror, and that he's failing to absorb what he's done. This would also be appropriate for the former interpretation. He also runs into a stream of metaphors about sleep and realises the luxuries of innocence which he has lost. (Lines 36- 39)... 'Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleeve of care,' - here, implying that sleep repairs the mind after it deteriorates during the day. He should help reinforce this line with actions by holding up hands next to his head, showing his mental distress and making the audience have sympathy for him. Also, when he says 'The death of each day, the sore labour's bath', he his implying that every day is a life, and when we awake it is the reincarnation - the start of a new life, a new chance, a new start. He has lost this freedom. It is the bath of a labouring worker - a refreshment, a time of freedom and to cleanse yourself and rid yourself of the dirt and badness which the day brings... a labourer's bath is more relevant because there is a contrast between the strenuous, painful time of labouring work and when you are being revitalised in a hot bath - make the bath more appreciative. ...read more.


As he moves, his height should increase and decrease, similar to the track of a rollercoaster - again, attempting to retain his own noise and vision which shows that he is nervous. When speaking, he should keep his complexion of intense concentration, as though he cannot take it in, as this would help the audience to empathise with Macbeth's horror. As the scene progresses, he should gradually decline in emotional strength and towards the end, his eyes should be tearful - this would win some sympathy for Macbeth, and often divides the opinion of the audience into thinking either sympathetically ('He deserves it') or revengefully ('He didn't realise what he was doing.') The tears would also convey that he is ashamed, and sorry for what he did, and bring out two more emotions for Macbeth - guilt and remorse. To help the play to be acted completely successfully and reach the more fuller potentials of entertaining the audience, you need to clearly show the contrast in emotions and attitudes between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. To show the contrast, she should have more confidence and be much more relaxed about being caught. She needs to be supportive to Macbeth, and show her happiness that they will now have the opportunity to take the throne. Lady Macbeth should be slightly more energetic in contrast to Macbeth, who should slump to the ground in a bewildered trance of disbelief. All these elements of Lady Macbeth's character will also help Macbeth's character as they set an impression of her which is different to him. If all these basic requirements are met in directing Act 2 Scene 2, then I personally believe that it would be a highly entertaining part of the play. Paul McCulloch ...read more.

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