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

Which scene do you regard as the most rewarding to compare in Akira Kurosawas Throne of Blood and Roman Polanskis Macbeth, and why do you think so? In your answer, you should take care to first analyze the scene in the play text before examining how

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Question: Which scene do you regard as the most rewarding to compare in Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Blood and Roman Polanski's Macbeth, and why do you think so? In your answer, you should take care to first analyze the scene in the play text before examining how this scene is portrayed in the film. Answer: This essay provides a detailed and critical analysis of act 1 scene 7 from Macbeth and then proceeds to examine Aikira Kurosawa and Roman Polanski interpretation of the scene through their respective filmic adaptations. This scene from Shakespeare's play depicts how "Macbeth muses on Duncan's many good qualities, reflects that Duncan has been kind to him, and thinks that perhaps he ought not to kill his king. Lady Macbeth then enters and blows his hesitant thoughts away. She spurs Macbeth to treason by disregarding his rational, moral arguments and challenging his manhood. Under her persuasion, all of Macbeth's objections seem to evaporate." (SparkNotes Editors). This scene had several functions; firstly, it shows that Macbeth possesses moral order since in the first part of the scene, he actually acknowledges that Duncan has been good to him and he should dismiss the plan of killing Duncan; secondly, it touches upon the idea of women as a ...read more.

Middle

She uses various ways to make Macbeth agree with her. She uses emotional blackmail, coupled with her femininity by saying she will not love him anymore: "From this time such I account thy love." She knows that he loves her deeply and uses this against him. She then insults his masculinity by saying, "Letting 'I dare not' wait upon 'I would' like the poor cat i' the adage?" Here, she is calling him a "wimp" and a "scaredy cat". She totally insulted him by comparing him to the cat that wants the fish but doesn't want to get his paws wet. She uses foul phrases with appalling imagery such as telling Macbeth that while she was breast feeding her baby she would: "while it was smiling in my face, have plucked my n****e from his boneless gums and dashed the brains out, had I so sworn you had done to this." She tries to come over as very menacing and heartless at this point in the play, making a point of the fact that if she had promised to kill her own child she would do so. The role of women at the time when Shakespeare wrote this play was that women were mothers and supported their husbands, their main role would be to look after the home. ...read more.

Conclusion

has absolute trust in him and has given him a high position. Previously, Asaji has planted alot of doubts in Washizu's thoughts about the king and Miki. In this scene, however, Asaji is still able to continue planting bad thoughts into Washizu's head. This film adaptation is in the "noh theater", a form of japanese musical drama. Asaji's face is painted and she acted like she had the noh mask on with her expressionless face. Th noh mask portrays the female character and in this case, also portrays a nonhuman (witch) character, since she is so evil. This scene emphasizes the idea that women are a source of evil and trouble even more than the Polanski's version. In Polanski's version, we still see Lady Macbeth, crying, using her femininity to persuade Macbeth to commit the crime. In Kurosawa's adaptation, we see that Asaji seldom look into the eyes of Washizu and she never shed a tear. She talks with much calm, showing that her words alone are enough to manipulate Washizu. She doesn't even have to resort to using her feminine features to help her. In conclusion, the ideas of moral order, women as a source of evil and the relationship between masculinity and murder are found in the play script and the two film adaptations. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our University Degree 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 University Degree Macbeth essays

  1. Discuss Shakespeares use of minor characters in Macbeth and Othello

    Macbeth is under a lot of pressure from both Lady Macbeth and his own guilt and conscience after having killed King Duncan, therefore the Porter's talk of h**l and damnation are things that will be at the forefront of his mind.

  2. William Shakespeare's Macbeth

    After finding out from the apparitions that Macduff will be indeed a real threat, Macbeth has his whole family brutally slaughtered. The pointless death of Macduff's family proves that Macbeth fears Macduff and thinks that the death of his loved ones will show his power and thus deter Macduff's intentions towards Macbeth.

  1. Is Macbeth a Monster or a Victim?

    With such heinous characters making Macbeth think he will be great, can we really blame him for taking the quickest route to fame and glory? The witches also leave their mark on Macbeth, without actually being present, just before he commits the murder.

  2. Macbeth - To what extend is Roman Polanski's interpretation of the witches in keeping ...

    The setting of the beach may play in with the sand of time theory. From the start there's an element, which sets the witches apart from the rest of the characters of Macbeth, and this is their pattern of speech, which is called trochaic tetrameter.

  1. GCSE Coursework Macbeth by William Shakespeare

    Later that same evening, whilst Macbeth is waiting for the "go ahead" signal from Lady Macbeth, Banquo and Fleance meet him. The scene conveys the dark and evil nature of what was about to take place. Banquo certainly feels this, "The moon is down.....

  2. How does Macbeth's character change throughout the play?

    This is a complete contradiction to our original perception of him. When the witches appear to Macbeth, in act one scene III, he is intrigued by their presence. This curiosity and interest is a significant factor in his downfall.

  1. As I tell about genocide, I have the opportunity to redeem myself. What role ...

    She assesses herself according to the values before the takeover, and thus feels an intense guilt for her actions. Survival can breed atrocities as well as the ability to oppose the totalitarian regime. We see the repudiation of human values and the perpetuation of violence.

  2. Before we analyse the role of witches in Macbeth we must look at them ...

    The next line, spoken by the 3rd witch, indicates their ability to see into the future, it is as follows: "That will be ere the set of sun" What this is saying is that the battle will end at sunset.

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