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Macbeth - explain in an essay format how I would direct Act2, Scene1 and what I would change from how the play has been originally shown.

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I am now going to explain in an essay format how I would direct Act2, Scene1 and what I would change from how the play has been originally shown. If I was directing Act 2 Scene 1, I would want Macbeth to appear to the audience as if he is cracking under the pressure and for him to appear insane, unhappy and insecure. Macbeth acts different from when we first saw him with Banquo, as now he is about to commit a crime of treason and kill his beloved King. This is very different from when we first saw him as he loved his King and he would die for him but now it is in reverse. ...read more.

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This shows the audience that at this time Lady Macbeth is stronger than Macbeth and in a better state of mind. He starts to imagine things and this is a sign of him being insane, and mentally unstable. "Is this a dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my hand? Come, let me Clutch thee." p. 43 This speech is important in the understanding of Macbeth's role in this scene. So I would want Macbeth to be sitting at the end of a table and to ... say this in such a way that the audience can see him turning mentally insane. I would want him saying the sentence slowly and negatively, emphasising "toward" as if he is surprised about it, also holding a dagger infront of him looking at it up and down with eyes that look blurred feeling the blade. ...read more.

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This will make the audience grasp his character and understand what he is going through at this time in the play. After this speech I would have had Macbeth walking up the stairs with the dagger looking bedazzled and insane and then I would have him raise it above his head as he reached the top of the stairs. After he comes out of the room I would have him looking down at his hands ready to brake down and crumble at his knees. Once he reaches his room I would have him collapse onto the bed and lay there feeling guilty. Also when he looks at his hands I would have him start to shed tears to show that he is a wimp and insecure. Ian Lilly 10/10/02 Directing Scene1, Act 2 From Macbeth 1 ...read more.

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