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Macbeth - With close reference to a version of the play that you have watched. Explain how the director has made Shakespeare's language come alive for you.

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'MACBETH' by William Shakespeare. With close reference to a version of the play that you have watched. Explain how the director has made Shakespeare's language come alive for you. If you were producing a version of Act III, Scene 4, how would your production differ from what you have seen? 'The Scottish Play' 'Macbeth' was set in 11th century Scotland. The main character in this play is Macbeth who will soon have a great ambition to fulfil! Macbeth is a brave hero in King Duncan's army. The play starts off when Macbeth and his close friend, and companion in the army, General Banquo, were coming home from a victorious battle. On their route home they are met by three witches or as Macbeth refers to them 'three weird sisters.' These strangers bring surprising and startling news to both men. They call Macbeth, 'Thane of Glamis.' This title he is but they continue to call him, 'Thane of Cawdor' and 'King Hereafter.' They don't give Banquo any titles but do say he will be the father of a line of Kings. Although Macbeth and Banquo are puzzled they do proceed to think about and like the idea of the prophecies. Macbeth could not see how it was possible for him to be King when they already have a good and loyal King, and Malcolm, Duncan's son was to be the next in line. ...read more.


Suddenly, at the other end of the table, Banquos ghost appears! Macbeth is startled and breaks his glass, cutting his hand deeply. Macbeth exclaims, 'Which of you have done this?' Macbeth's words suggest he is blaming his guest for sending the ghost, even though no one else can see it. Macbeth's language tells that he so frightened by the appearance of the ghost, he says to the ghost, '...Never shake thy gory locks at me.' This is also very frightening for Macbeth's guests and Lady Macbeth because they cannot see the ghost. Macbeth also says, '...blood will have blood.' This is as if he thinks the ghost has come back for him. The part that moved me most was when Macbeth rubbed his blood onto a woman's face. This impressed on me that Macbeth had turned more wicked and dangerous. This also action startled Lady Macbeth showing her that her husband was not as weak as she thought. Lady Macbeth excuses her husband by saying that he does this on a regular basis and to continue with their meal. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth go aside to talk. Lady Macbeth tells him to get his act together and be a man. She says, 'What! Quite unmanned in folly...' Both of their tones are direct and meaningful. They return to the table and Macbeth excuses himself and continues to eat. ...read more.


The main part of this scene was when the ghost of Banquo appeared unto Macbeth. This was really the 'turning point' of the play. It is known as this because another murder has been committed, a ghost has appeared, and Lady Macbeth is no longer in control. Throughout this scene I have realised how different people react to changing circumstances. At the start Lady Macbeth seems to be in control but as the play progress Macbeth becomes more and more ambitious for power and will literally do any thing to get it. People say Macbeth is outdated and not relevant today, but I disagree because people to day will do any thing to get what they want, just like Macbeth. Human nature has not changed. The only real difference is the language. In Shakespeare's time they used Old English, which is possibly harder to understand in this time and age. We must remember this is how people spoke in Shakespeare's time so for them it was normal, and I'm sure if they were to hear some of to-day's slang used they certainly would not understand it. Throughout the study of 'Macbeth' I have learnt how position and power have a great changing effect on certain people. Like alcohol or drugs it becomes like an addiction and those involved, especially if they are weak in character, e.g. Macbeth will sacrifice all principles and scruples and will do anything to achieve what they want... even murder! 1 ...read more.

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