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Task: Compare and contrast the repersentation of women in "Macbeth" and the two film versions of the play that you have studied.

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MACBETH TASK: COMPARE AND CONTRAST THE REPERSENTATION OF WOMEN IN "MACBETH" AND THE TWO FILM VERSIONS OF THE PLAY THAT YOU HAVE STUDIED. YOU WILL PRESENT YOUR COURSEWORK AS A SPEECH; YOU WILL ALSO BE EXPECTED TO HND IN A ONE-PAGE EXPLANATION OF THE POINTS THAT YOU HAVE INCLUDED IN YOUR SPEECH. CONSIDER: * THE SOCIO-HISTORICAL CONTEXT IN, WHICH THE PLAY IS WRITTEN. * HOW WOMEN ARE PORTAIED IN THE PLAY AND FILMS. (LIGHTING, PROPS, SOUND, COSTUMES) * DRAMATIC DEVICES AND THE EFFECT THEY HAVE ON THE WAY THAT WOMEN ARE PORTRAYED. * THE MAIN THEMES IN THE PLAY. * THE WAY IN WHICH OTHER CHARACTERS RESPOND TO THE WOMEN IN THE PLAY. REMEMBER TO SUPPORT YOUR POINTS WITH EVIDENCE FROM THE TEXT. I am going to discuss how women were portrayed in the 16th century by looking at the story of Macbeth and the two film versions made of it. William Shakespeare wrote Macbeth in late 1606 or early 1607. Macbeth is set in the time period it was written in and this was partly in the Elizabethan ages and partly in the era of King James I of England. This period of time was known as the Renaissance. Many of the reactions towards the themes in the play are based upon the ideas/thoughts and reactions of the themes in real life. By this I mean that Macbeth is adapted to the Time period it is set in. The interests and attitudes of people at the time are also represented in the play. In the time period in which Macbeth was written witches were believed to be evil and representatives of the Devil and had supernatural powers that could bring about evil. If a woman were accused of being a witch then she would be tortured or burned at the stake. This belief is also reflected in Macbeth: BANQUO What! can the devil speak true? ...read more.

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Also I noticed that she is more enthusiastic about the murder of Duncan than her husband, Macbeth. Macbeth as well is very similar in all three versions; he is shocked by the prophecy and is not keen about killing Duncan. The witches are also very similar in all three versions, they speak in a confusing tone that make the listener wonder about what they are trying to say, they speak in riddles making their speeches attain two contrasting meanings: 1 WITCH Lesser than Macbeth, and greater 2 WITCH Not so happy, yet happier 3 WITCH Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none: So all hail, Macbeth and Banquo ... (1.3.65 - 68) From this quote we learn could infer that Banquo will not be as great as Macbeth because he will not be King and Macbeth will, yet he will be much greater than Macbeth because his children will be King and Macbeth's will not. We also learn that he will not be as happy as Macbeth because he will not be King and Macbeth will, yet he will be much happier because his children will be King and Macbeth's will not. This quotation from the text is a perfect example of how the witches speak. However the witches are also very different in all three versions of the story. In the text the witches are described as old and with beards, however in the Polanski version two of the witches are old and one a little younger, none of them have beards, as in the text they are all women. In Macbeth on the Estate the witches are children, two boys and one girl, they look like people that are usually outcasts from society, they do not have beards and are know as 'the weird children' instead of the 'weird sisters' as they are in Polanski's version and the original text. Lady Macbeth in the Polanski version is portrayed as weak and looks a more feminine woman than the Lady Macbeth in ...read more.

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In Macbeth on the estate Lady Macbeth uses sexual persuasion, questions his manhood and she is more aggressive. Shakespeare has a very unique language. He uses a lot of alliteration and similes. He also knows how to put the meanings of themes into words. If you studied his language very closely, you could probably find hidden meanings in each of the sentences he writes in his plays. Shakespeare makes effective use of figurative language by talking about relative and current issues and that the audience are familiar with. This is why I his plays have a universal appeal and it is still relevant today. I cannot decide which I prefer out of Macbeth on the estate and Roman Polanski's version. Macbeth on the estate is a modem adaptation and it is appeal for teenagers because it is written in a language that we understand and come across everyday. However, Polanski's version in done with a lot of detail and is basically the same as the text, so it gives the audience a good idea of what Macbeth is about. Plus it also has a lot more violent and gory scenes, which appeal to teenagers because they like to watch films with some action or fighting scenes. I think this is effective because it makes the murder seem more real. I think Macbeth is more to blame for the murder of king Duncan than Lady Macbeth. The point that makes him more to blame is he says, MACBETH My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical... This shows what he is the first person to bring up the idea of murder. Plus, no matter how much Lady Macbeth persuaded him to murder the king, he still had the choice to say that 'no' was his final decision and he obviously let his love get in the way of being a noble person. ?? ?? ?? ?? Asim Macci Macbeth Oral 10R English Coursework Page 2 Asim Macci 10R English Coursework Page 1 ...read more.

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