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Realisation of the Witches in 'Animated Tales' version of Shakespeare's Macbeth.

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Realisation of the Witches in 'Animated Tales' In class we watched an 'Animated Tales' version of Shakespeare's Macbeth. We were given the task of introducing, developing and concluding how we felt the witches were realised in 'Animated Tales'. We compared the 'Animated Tales' with the text and discussed how we felt the text was realised. In Act 1 Scene 1, the stage directions of the play tell us that the witches meet on the moor in thunder and lightning. In the Animated Tales, black and grey wavy lines represent this. Although we do not hear the booming of the thunder or the flashing of the lighting, we understand that this is represented by the moody and dark weather. This is called pathetic fallacy, the method of associating weather with something. In this case we are associating the evil witches with dark and unruly weather. We see this also in Act 1 Scene 3 when the witches appear in similar downcast weather. It helps us to associate their evil with evil and disruptive weather. We are told in the stage direction of the first scene that the witches appear on a moor. ...read more.

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------------------------------------------ "Not so happy, yet much happier." In this scene they are not telling Macbeth and Banquo everything that they know and are deceiving them with the prophecies. This is due to the disruptive and deceptive nature, and they are intent on causing trouble. Their deceptiveness is also demonstrated in the two scenes in the changing of shape and appearance. Each of the three witches each has two different masks or faces, which they alternate between. They do this when they are talking to Macbeth and Banquo and again it seems that they are deceiving them by doing so. Their body form also changes, and at one stage one witch changes into form of a raven, with outstretched wings. The raven was said to be a symbol, or messenger, of death and Lady Macbeth speaks of it in Act 1 Scene 5; "The raven himself is hoarse That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan Under my battlements." The witches, in their prophecies to Macbeth, are deceiving him and weaving a web of trouble. After hearing of the prophecies the ambitious Macbeth is already beginning to think of murdering to achieve his ultimate aim of being king and this is why the changing of form into a raven, the messenger of death, is important. ...read more.

Conclusion

They are causing trouble by doing this. The witches are quite horrid in appearance. They do not appear to be gender specific and when they appear in the first scene they have a somewhat death-like appearance - they are skeletal and zombie-like and not at all natural. When they appear to Banquo and Macbeth in Scene 3 Banquo is confused as to what they are; "What are these, So wither'd and so wild in their attire, That look not like th' inhabitants o' the earth, And yet are on 't? Live you? Or are you aught That man may question?" When they are talking to him and Macbeth they hover around them and their heads become disjointed from the rest of their bodies. The floating heads seem death-like and this shows us again that the witches are very unnatural. In conclusion, I feel that the text is realised well in "Animated Tales". The witches are mostly believable and the speech is accurate in accordance with the text. I think however that some parts are a little less realistic than others, simply because of the nature of the cartoon. The witches are well animated and are not at all stereotypical or clich�d. I feel that the film is well made and entertaining, and helps to make the text more interesting. Adie Laird 11D ...read more.

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