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COMPARE PORTAYALS OF MACBETH OR LADY MACBETH ON STAGE OR FILM WITH YOUR OWN POINT OF VIEW OF THE CHARACTER FROM YOUR READING OF THE PLAY. HOW HAVE THE ACTORS PRESENTED DIFFERENT INTERPRETATIONS OF THE CHARACTER TO AROUSE YOUR PITY OR DISLIKE? Macbeth by William Shakespeare is a Pre 1914 Drama act. The play is set in Scotland. The play is about status because Lady Macbeth wants Macbeth to kill the King of Scotland, King Duncan. This is a cunning and devious plan so Macbeth can reign as King. The essay is about comparing the portrayals of Macbeth. In Act 1 Scene 1, we find out that Macbeth is linked to witches. This is shown by the witches having a discussion upon Macbeth. This is proved by when the witches speak of Macbeth, "When the hurly-burly's done, When the battle's lost, and won." This quote is found on line, 1.1.4-5. This shows some of the characteristics Macbeth has because the witches are trying to predict will Macbeth be the man of the battle or just a brave warrior that fought as hard as he could. ...read more.


The book portrays Macbeth on battlefield whereas in the Polanski Version it doesn't portray Macbeth on the battlefield because the director doesn't want us to come across Macbeth's brave image. In Act 1 Scene 3, Macbeth meets the witches. The witches predict that Macbeth will be king of Scotland. The witches show the reader the titles of Macbeth. This shown when the witches say: First Witch - "All hail, Macbeth, hail to thee, thane of Glamis!" Second Witch - "All hail, Macbeth, hail to thee, thane of Cawdor!" Third Witch - "All hail, Macbeth, thou shalt be king hereafter!" The witches knew that Macbeth will be the Thane of Cawdor and be the King of Scotland. This shows that the witches predicted this before they told Macbeth. So, Macbeth got a bit of a shock, well we know he is the Thane of Glamis but we find later in the play he becomes Thane of Cawdor and the King of Scotland. In Polanski's version of Macbeth, the director doesn't portray Macbeth as a cold blooded killer because the whole plot would be given away. ...read more.


This soliloquy reveals that Macbeth is not murderous by nature. He requires persuasion to commit the crime. Polanski's version of Macbeth, Macbeth is portrayed as a highly troubled man in this scene. Polanski achieves this by showing the differences between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth's behaviour. This is shown in this scene when Lady Macbeth is eating hungrily, joining in the feasting and conversing with the other men. In Act 4 Scene 1, Macbeth is described as evil. This shown when the second witch says, "Something wicked this way comes." This is implying that Macbeth is this evil being. This means he is something else that he was not before. This suggests his evilness has dehumanised Macbeth. Macbeth has become like the witches. Polanski portrays Macbeth as even more pervaded by evil and the unnatural than in the text by having him drink a disgusting potion, the witches brew before he can see apparitions . ?? ?? ?? ?? Ravi Hirani 10W1 Centre Number: 15223 Candidate Number: 4055 Year 10 English Coursework Macbeth by William Shakespeare Pre-1914 Drama - 1 - ...read more.

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