Examine a scene from Macbeth both film and text versions. Comment on how well you think the cast conveyed the subject matter and write down how you would direct the scene if given the chance.

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Examine a scene from Macbeth both film and text versions. Comment on how well you think the cast conveyed the subject matter and write down how you would direct the scene if given the chance.

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Name: Ryan O’Hare

 Class: S2D

     No. Of words: 1766

   Date of submission: 9th of February 2004

Macbeth coursework assignment

Before we deal with the question of Macbeth we must first ask, what is drama? The dictionary states that it is, ”Serious plays for theatre, television or radio; writing, producing or acting in plays.” Drama originated in Rome during Caesar’s rule. It has now since evolved dramatically from the small plays in the Caesarean arenas to the multi billion pound franchise spanning the whole world. It has got so popular that drama is taken for granted and has become an ordinary thing in our daily lives.

One of the most dramatically influential people to date is William Shakespeare. Shakespeare was born to Mary Arden & John Shakespeare in April of 1564 and was baptised in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire. His father was a glover who later became the Mayor of Stratford. Shakespeare was the third of eight children and was most likely educated in a grammar school, where he would have studied English, Greek, Latin & religion. In 1582, when William was only 18, he married Ann Hathaway, the daughter of a local farmer. Shakespeare fled Stratford soon after when he was caught poaching in the St. Thomas Lucy’s local deer park. Shakespeare and Hathaway had a daughter in 1583 and a set of twins in 1585, although the male twin died. He then travelled to London with an acting group, as the group’s last member was murdered, he saw this as a good way to get a job and also stay clear of the diseases that were rife at the time, here he made his career in drama. After this all we know is that he moved back to Stratford in 1608 with his family to a house called New place, which is still there to this day. Shakespeare died in April 1616 on his 52nd birthday and was buried in Stratford church.

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Shakespeare, in his lifetime, wrote 38 plays 155 sonnets and countless epic poems. All of Shakespeare’s work can be grouped into three main categories: The comedies for example the Comedy of Errors and As You Like It; the Histories such as Henry the VIII & Anthony and Cleopatra; and finally the Tragedies like Othello & King Leer.

Another of Shakespeare’s tragedies is Macbeth. This is a play written in five acts about the rise and fall of the Scottish monarchy and the ambition of one man to make it to the top. Macbeth was a noble man loyal ...

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