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 Duncan and forced him to kill him. In this scene she is responsible for framing two attendants to cover up Macbeth’s murder of Duncan. This is done very differently in the film and the play script. In the film Lady Macbeth (Ella) frames two cooks who have already committed a murder.
She makes them run away making them look extremely suspicious. Unlike Macbeth, Lady Macbeth is calm and controlled and quickly washes her hands and goes to sleep . But just like Macbeth; she feels the guilt, only later. The main ides and issues are very alike these include: the murder of Duncan, probably the most play-changing and tragic moment in the play itself, Macbeth’s guilt and the fact that Lady Macbeth has no guilt, yet. Macbeth’s guilt is the key part of this scene and is essential to show the difference between Macbeth in the start of the book and Macbeth now.
Act I, scenes i-iii are also very important scenes. In these scenes the witch’s (or truckers in the film) plan when to meet again. They decide to meet after “the hurly burley’s done. ” This is such an important line as it is one of the only lines to remain in the film and the play script. This line means they will meet after the battle is over. The battle in the film is the preparation of a piece of quince log by Macbeth. In the second scene a bloody sergeant announces that the battle has been won. He tells this to Duncan, Malcolm, Donalbain, Lennox and Ross.
In the film this scene is not shown but is represented by the opening of scene iii, when Macbeth is watching T. V. There is a picture of Duncan pulling out a beautiful quince log, already prepared by Macbeth. This displays that the battle has been won by Macbeth, but Duncan has taken the glory. In the third scene of this act Macbeth is travelling to see Duncan. This happens in both versions of Macbeth. On the way, Macbeth and Banquo (who he is travelling with) are encountered by the witches/truckers.
They give him a prophecy, below is a table of comparisons from the two prophecies: |Play Script |Film | |Thane of Glamis |Head Chef | |Than of Cawdor |3 Michelin Stars | |King Hereafter |Head of the restaurant | After Macbeth hears this prophecy he doesn’t believe it. Banquo however decides to ask about his prophecy. The witches/truckers say “not as happy, but happier. They tell him that his sons will be king (or head of the restaurant in the film’s case) and Banquo really doesn’t understand. After the prophecy is said Macbeth is pronounced Thane of Cawdor by Angus and Ross. In the film, when Macbeth reaches the restaurant, they are awarded 3 Michelin Stars. The characterisation is quite alike in both versions of Macbeth. Macbeth is a kind, loving and gracious person “The service and loyalty I owe. ” Macbeth, in the film, is a happy, outgoing guy and is always singing in the kitchen. Banquo, his trusty friend, is friendly and fun and Macbeth is always happy to have him around.
Duncan is a greatly respected person and loves Macbeth like a son. The themes and issues in this scene are heroism, because Macbeth has won the battle and been a great success to his country and supernaturalism by the witches “in a sieve I’ll thither sail. ” This quote displays the supernatural powers of witches, as a sieve has holes in it and only by a witch’s magic can it be sailed in. Macbeth is a wonderful story and has been brought to life by the BBC. The storyline, themes and characterisation are very alike, but the film explores new and fun ways to portray the great story of Macbeth.