Compare Macbeth to a Film Adaptation

Topics: Macbeth, Duncan I of Scotland, William Shakespeare Pages: 3 (1051 words) Published: February 8, 2013
In William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” the audience witness’s one man’s overriding ambitions to his iconic fall. Shakespeare makes a point of showing the deterioration of the Macbeth that entered the stage in Act 1 and the Macbeth that dies in act 7, showing that even the deep morality and honesty of a man like a man can worsen into a man who is willing to kill his own King – a deadly sin in Shakespeare’s 17th century. Throughout my piece I shall make unifying links between the adaptation directed by Mark Brozel and the original text wrote by none other than Shakespeare.

For the period of Act 1, Scene 2, Macbeth is hailed as the very heroic and brave “Worthy gentleman!” who “carved out his passage Till he faced the slave;” this suggests two points already, the fact that Macbeth is a graceful fighter who elegantly “carved” his way through the battle which also suggests that he is as much a perfectionist in the play as he is a cook in the adaptation. The perfection we see in the play is the perfection of murder, how he kills people so wonderfully and gracefully without any shame. Whereas the adaptation shows a more remorseful Macbeth, it pains him to kill animals inhumanely and uses a less murderous way when he has to, he cooks for perfection also, and before his breakdown at his restaurant he refuses to serve the food late when it was ready at the time, saying “you can’t keep perfection under the light”, only a perfectionist would inherit such a trait. Plus, he mentions that ”the first rule in the kitchen is respect”.

In Act 1 Scene 3, you begin to see Macbeth’s character really emerge. In the play Macbeth is intrigued by the witches, this highlights two point, he wants to know more “Stay, you imperfect speakers, tell me more” for the reason of asking more questions, because the idea has been proposed that he shall be king and Cawdor. However Joe Macbeth laughs at the idea of being the head chef at his Duncan’s restaurant, he finds it delusional and this is...
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