• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The purpose of the scene in Act 3 Scene 4 is to celebrate the coronation of Macbeth with a banquet. It gives us an insight into his state of mind

Extracts from this document...


Choose a scene, which you think, would be particularly effective in its impact on an audience. Discuss how this scene is presented in two different productions. Say which you prefer and why. The purpose of the scene in Act 3 Scene 4 is to celebrate the coronation of Macbeth with a banquet. It gives us an insight into his state of mind and present character, and the changes in the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Finally, we can look at the deteriorating evil that is vivid in Macbeth. Throughout the scene, Macbeth is haunted and hallucinating, which Lady Macbeth has no control over. At the opening of the scene the atmosphere is exceedingly pleasurable, both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are entertaining their guests and are exceeding the roles of host and hostess. When the murders are brought to Macbeth's attention, he hurries over to speak with them. Here we see how Macbeth's deteriorating character move from, noble, respectful to cunning, and calculating. The language used to enquire of Banquo and Fleance were murdered was somewhat crude and vindictive, "is he dispatched." We see Macbeth use entrapment imagery to convey his apprehension with Fleance escaping. ...read more.


This production expresses the two, to be very close. The closeness conveys the impact they have on each other, Macbeth reaches out to touch Lady Macbeth' shoulder quite often, which may also imply his need for reassurance. When the coronation is taken place, there is one silver cup, which is passed around to each and every person in the room. This suggests to me that Trevor Nunn is trying to imply that everyone in the room is able to commit murder, and with the encouragement from someone you love could easily end up in a downward spiral like Macbeth. When the murders enter, we see that Macbeth is becoming more independent and detached from his wife. He walks over to talk with the murders and although the camera is focused on them, Lady Macbeth is centred in the distance watching intensely. The camera zooms in for a close up and we see the blood on the murders face. Macbeth stares directly into the camera refraining from blinking. The atmosphere becomes very intense and dominant, the music gets louder and more concentrated. Macbeth is informed that Fleance has escaped, he grips the cup tightly once hearing the news, I feel to make himself feel secure and grounded, the music gets louder and the tension is once again increased. ...read more.


A disharmonious effect is seen as the volume of the music increases which show his evil intensions which are yet to come. His wife then rushes over to her husband to bring him back to some form on normality. In this production Lady Macbeth is a lot more composed which is the image I perceived in my head when reading the book. I found her to be the peacemaker in the relationship, so therefore this production again met my expectations of the characters. Lady Macbeth constantly tries to calm her delirious husband and restore some customariness back into the banquet. The lords are very confused in this production and talk constantly of the sights they are witnessing. Once they leave, we see a very disappointed Lady Macbeth, gazing through a distant window. The pair then walk up the stairs together with a light, the red light shines as they lay in bed together which conveys, their intimacy and closeness. It is clear now that she does not need to encourage Macbeth anymore to murder. Both productions were cleverly put together, with wonderful actors and actresses. I did enjoy the Roman Polanski version a little bit more simply because it reinforced the images I had already appreciated. The imagery used in this one, was more vivid and realistic which captured and held my attention for longer. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Macbeth section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Macbeth essays

  1. Macbeth (Analysis of The Banquet Scene)

    However, Macbeth interjects his sentence by addressing the murderer. 'There's blood upon thy face' illustrates Macbeth's anxiety again. As he finds out that it is the blood of Banquo he replies, 'tis better without than he within,' displaying the cold-hearted stony side of his character, stating he is happy that Banquo is dead rather than alive.

  2. A comparison of the Dagger scene, Act 2, Scene 1, from 'Macbeth' as presented ...

    This is an eerie scene with a dark beginning. Banquo is uneasy and he cannot sleep. He asks for help from the 'merciful powers' to help guide him through the night. He feels some premonition that there is something wrong but he does not know what. The atmosphere of evil and the supernatural continues when Banquo reveals to Macbeth that he 'dreamed last night of the three we�rd sisters'.

  1. The Dramatic Effectiveness of Act 3 Scene 4 - The Banquet Scene

    Yet unwittingly he may reveal the truth of the matter to his guests. Macbeth could reveal the truth of Banquo's murder and the entire truth of Macbeth's evil doings could be exposed. This would mean ruin for Macbeth and Lady Macbeth and this is what made the scene so tense and discomforting to the viewer.

  2. Free essay

    Act 3, Scene 4 (The Banquet Scene)

    It very strong with one constant beat after another. To me it represents the beating of a heart, which is strong but dies with But Banquo's safe" The Banquet must go on thought, Macbeth must attempt to create order, which he has already lost at his banquet and asks "Sit down in order of ranks" Tension is increases even

  1. How does Shakespeare make the banquet scene dramatic for the audience?

    Macbeth asks, "But Banquo's safe?" This is very strange as Banquo is no longer of this earth. What Macbeth really means is that now Banquo has been eliminated, he is safe. The feeling now has changed. Macbeth closes his dialogue with the murderer by saying, "There the grown serpent lies."

  2. Text 5,act 3,scene 1 "to be thus is nothing" Intro :In the royal ...

    Even though he is king now, Macbeth keeps on doubting and being fearful with the repetition of the word " fear " "our fears/ would be fear'd / I do fear" (L2 to 7). More than just with fears, the throne is associated to lexical field of sterility if not death itself " fruitless/barren sceptre".

  1. The staging of 'Macbeth' Act 3 scene 4 (the banquet scene).

    purpose is to create these theatrical images/movements to look effective on stage and this will also help the audience understand the meaning of the text as it will literally put the words into a visible picture. It will be set in the early 90's in a very similar style to Moulin Rouge (the film)

  2. Shakespeare: Macbeth Act 4 scene 1

    come upon him, Like our strange garments, cleave not to their mould, But with the aid of use. The second, most important chain of imagery used to add to the atmosphere is that of the imagery of darkness. In a Shakespearean tragedy a special tone, or atmosphere must be created to show the darkness and blackness in a tragedy.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work