ENG3U1-06 Desautels, R. April 17, 2013 Linda Zhong Nudity in Macbeth
The Tragedy of Macbeth is Roman Polanski’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, which interpreted audaciously regarding to the presence of naked bodies. In the film, Polanski’s choice to show full nudity absent from the play received mixed criticism reviews from the old society. Some found the film’s graphic nudity vulgar and superficial, but after pondering deeply over this theme of nudity; an undiscovered profound meaning in the ambiguous original text became clear. In the film Macbeth, nudity represents people who are vulnerable, bold and not alert, honest. The additional film scenes of nakedness dramatically emphasize the weakness of human beings, show the fearlessness of revealing one’s true identity, and enhance the indestructible honesty which hides inside Lady Macbeth. In Scotland where treason and wars often happen, even when there is no suspected danger around them, people who are vulnerable have to keep them geared up, otherwise, they might exposed to danger. The film version of Macbeths opens with the scene of murder of Macduff’s family with a picture of Macduff’s young son stands in raw in front of his mother taking a bath. In the viewers’ eyes, Macduff’s son symbolizes a youthful, cute and innocent victim who could not flee from Macbeth’s cruelty. The banter between him and his mother gives the viewers a break from the previous violent scene, but also helps to enhance the horrific climax. Women’s scream is used to hint to the audience of the hateful scene that is happening next. Macduff’s son has not done anything wrong, has no secrets to hide and does not even wearing clothes to hind his private parts. Such reading implies that this naked boy is not defensive; and his true...
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