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Macbeth Stage production.

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English Coursework Macbeth Stage production Wednesday 16.10.02 Explore the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth as presented in the stage production ... Observations Act 1 Scene 3 Show awareness of setting - dark, bare stage? First meet character of Macbeth as he is dramatically greeted by the three witches. He stands centre-stage, unmoving - allows one witch to prod him rather aggressively - emphasises his pre-occupation/distraction with the witches message. Banquo in contrast moves nervously about the stage, brandishing his sword recklessly. No sound at outset of scene - minor discordant notes are heard as the witches complete their message. Lighting - semi-darkness - scene diffused with red light, indicative of evil/danger? Macbeth - young, neat physical build, small in stature. ...read more.

Middle

Lady Macbeth moves stagefront to deliver her soliloquy "The raven himself is hoarse ..." She kneels, as if in prayer, as she appeals to the powers of darkness to permeate her with "direst cruelty". No sound effects here? Lady Macbeth swathed in a red light throughout her soliloquy. The dialogue between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth is includes every line of the original text. Macbeth enters the bedchamber, where Lady Macbeth enthusiastically greets him. They embrace. Actors show a couple very much in love. As Lady Macbeth speaks, she removes her husband's sword from its sheath, takes off his armour and they fall on to the bed in an embrace. Lady Macbeth is presented as the dominant partner here. She coordinates all Macbeth's physical movements here - a reflection of how she influences his mind also. ...read more.

Conclusion

Macbeth stands defiant to his wife, "We will proceed no further....." Lady Macbeth speaks in urgent whispers. As she criticizes her husband's hesitation, she takes the goblet from him and proceeds to manipulate him physically and emotionally. The actress falls to her knees as she shrewdly plies her husband to her will. Her shocking reference to childkilling is voiced in disturbingly tender tones, which belie the horror involved. Macbeth is visibly shaken - he is persuaded. "If we should fail?" His words seem feeble. Here again, the actresses height helps to emphasize her dominance. As Lady Macbeth outlines her plan, she sits behind her husband on the bed; their physical attraction/closeness is obvious. Lady Macbeth caresses her husband, initiating all the action. She is charming and controlled, pleased with her success. At this moment Macbeth seems unable to withstand her powerful persuasion. His closing words in this Scene are spoken confidently and are accompanied by discordant music, "I am settled..." ...read more.

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