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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

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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.

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