Macbeth Representations

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Macbeth Essay and how it is represented

Macbeth, one of the greatest plays ever written by Shakespeare himself has come alive. Not only through the original script but from the film Shakespeare re-told: Macbeth created by the BBC network. The original play script is great, but the film is sassy and fun and appeals to a larger audience. Shakespeare re-told: Macbeth is a great movie and was created in 2005.

Act II, scene ii is probably the most dramatic and story changing scene in the book. This is the scene in which Duncan, after much consideration from Macbeth and a lot of manipulation and planning by Lady Macbeth, is murdered. In the play script, before this scene is the soliloquy by Macbeth “Is this a dagger I see before me?” In the BBC creation, this soliloquy is not said, but represented by the intriguing music in the background. The setting is very different in both these versions of Macbeth. In the BBC movie, it is set in an exquisite restaurant whereas in the original play script it is set in a castle. These settings, even though they seem much different are very alike.

The character representation is very much the same in the play script and the film. In both, Macbeth has long consideration before killing Duncan. Finally when the deed is done, Macbeth feels a huge guilt onslaught. This is represented in the film and the play script by the blood on Macbeth’s hands. “All thy water in thy world would not wash thine blood from mine hands!” This represents that Macbeth’s guilt is so great it will never go away. In the play script there is one major thing that Macbeth says which doesn’t happen in the film: there is a porter knocking on the castle door, Macbeth is a bit dazed and says “Wake Duncan with thy knocking! I would thou couldest.” This means that Macbeth wishes he had not gone through with the murder and everything would be just as it was. On the other side of the characters is Lady Macbeth, the sly and manipulative woman who turned Macbeth on...
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