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Macbeth Personal Presentation

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Hi, in our group presentation I played the first witch. The part that our group performed comes towards the beginning of Macbeth and it includes the scene where Macbeth is first introduced into the Story. Because the whole play revolves around Macbeth the scene my group and I acted is important. As witch one I wanted to portray an image that was very supernatural, and queer. To do this I personally tried to change the tone of my voice into something fairly squeaky but even then it is important to remember that the first witch is fairly dominating and therefore at the same time I also tried to make my voice strong and powerful. My facial expressions also tried to emphasize my power over the other two witches and over Macbeth and Banquo. There was a lot of body movement involved in the scene, like I kept waving my arms about to show that I was different from the normal people that were accepted in society at that time. ...read more.


For example the bit when the witches predict Macbeth's future for him and he get a bit confused, as one of the witches me and the two other witches tried to confuse the whole situation a bit more by talking over one another, so that although it could be understood what each of us were saying the over all effect is still jumbled. Many concerns can be raised by the issues that are bought up in Macbeth, and I think that it is important to remember that the reactions that would have come from an audience in the times when this play was written would be different to the reactions of people today. Reactions to the witches and the mystical theme that runs throughout the play will differ now to what they were when this play was first written. People now would accept the witches to be something supernatural, and although some people will believe that they exist and others wont, the general feeling will be that they are like any other character in the play. ...read more.


Matters like these I think will always be opinionated, but the opinion of the majority of the public is now also different to what it was when Macbeth was written. I also think that this is what Shakespeare aimed to do, he wanted to try and make the society of his day think. As for historical issues that have been raised, one thing that I noted was that there has been a lot of change in the way that people think. Also King James did not believe in witches and as a result it seemed as though his country did not follow the idea of witches. People in those days who were women-haters did not see harm in all the witch trials that took place, but if something like that was to take place today. People in King James rule at times tried to use religion to support their very sexist and prejudiced views. ...read more.

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