English 12 CP Period 2
19 April 2015
Shakespeare and Goolds Version of Macbeth
The play The Tragedy of Macbeth was written as a fictional story that never really happened! Although if one takes a look at the past it’s possible to see how the introduction of ambition then and now can change the path that people take. Ambition can be a very useful trait in ones life but too much ambition can cause one to commit unspeakable actions. In this story about Macbeth this misuse of ambition releases the evil that lives within the characters. The Tragedy of Macbeth circa 1604 by the famous playwright William Shakespeare. This masterpiece tells of a worthy and loyal Scottish general named Macbeth that turns on everyone in his life. This all happens after he comes across these witches that release the ambition that lies deep within Macbeth. These witches give Macbeth a prophecy that he could only but dream to come true. Macbeth takes what he had had been told and makes it a reality by turning into a deceitful murderous tyrant that shows no merci to anyone that gets in his path to the throne. Macbeth’s greed for power and pursuit of his ambition turn out to become his own worst enemy. This playwright written over 400 years ago has been acted out on stage millions of times but just recently it has been turned into the form of a movie. This movie called Macbeth was produced in 2010 and was directed by Rupert Goold. This movie along with many other movie representations is not always word for word and scene for scene of the plays or stories that are being told. Movie directors of plays and stories that were never written for movie production have a difficult task of imagining what the original author would have wanted. For this reason they have to decide what will best represent the original text. They also have the daunting task of making a movie appeal to the more modernized way people view movies. The directors may have to change scenes and maybe even the entire setting to make it more acceptable by viewers. They also may want to make the story their own by changing the way the story is told. This is exactly what Rupert Goold does in his version of The Tragedy of Macbeth. The movie Macbeth not only does an excellent job of telling the story, but also is a close representation of how it may have originally been wrote if Shakespeare had the technology to produce movies. The movie defers from the original text in many ways, but some of the changes that are made help viewers see the story in a more beneficial way. The most beneficial changes are the portrayal of the nurses, the death of Banquo, and the death of Macbeth. The portrayal of the witches in the movie differs from the way that they are portrayed in the original text. In the Shakespeare’s version they appear to be women but have characteristics of foreign creatures where in the movie they are portrayed as women playing roles that women would play. One of the most significant quotes that is said by the witches is “Fair is foul, and foul is fair” (I.i.12). This is quote which is said in the beginning and is a theme that the entire play revolves around. One of the basic meanings is what is good in one man’s eyes is bad in the eyes of another man and vice versa. It can also be compared to how someone feels and what that same person is really showing. In a more general term its basically the vice versa of any topic or situation that may occur. However in the play the witches only appear two times where in the play they show up numerous times. They are in all the scenes that they are suppose to be in according to the play, but they play many different roles other than just witches that give prophecies to Macbeth. They show up as nurses, cooks and even waiters in a dinner scene. This is significant because it helps viewers see that these witches are indeed constantly influencing Macbeth. Its almost as if they have some power over Macbeth to keep him...
Cited: Macbeth. Dir. Rupert Goold. PBS Video. WFYI, Indianapolis. 6 Oct. 2010. Web. 16 April 2015. The Tragedy of Macbeth. Open Source Shakespeare. George Mason University. n.d. Web. 16 April 2015
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