Shakespeare’s Macbeth Essay

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Shakespeare’s Macbeth





Shakespeare’s Macbeth is set in medieval Scotland, and has been produced by many different
directors in the 20th century. Roman Polanski directed the 1971 production of Macbeth.
It is interpreted to be a blood-thirsty vicious 70s thriller, and accrues that “Good
always Prevails”. However the 1996 production by Jeremy Freeston is expressed as a more
subtle and delicate production that suggests readings such as “Evil is the wrong way to
build Social Status”. Both the productions included similar and different techniques used
to construct these readings. Like the different uses of Verbal expressions, Non-verbal
expressions, Script and Relationships. These techniques are used by the producers to
construct different readings/interpretations in order to change people’s interpretations
of the films due to their background and history. Act 1 Scene 7 is set at Macbeth’s
castle, where Macbeth himself is considering killing King Duncan, who would be the guest
for the evening…! The technical aspects of the film are also important, like Tone of
voice, Costume, Setting, Lighting, Shot Construction, Camera Angles, Gestures, Delivery of
Script, Editing of Script, and contribute greatly to the way the scene is interpreted.



In Polanski’s production, MacBeth is constructed as a dual-minded blood-thirsty killer
that once “Draws first blood, will draw again”. He is constructed like this so that the
movie can set out to be the bloody thriller that it is. During the film, his use of
verbal and non-verbal communication seems realistically absent during the scene. This may
have been to psyche himself up for the homicide that he was about to commit. The script
is altered several times in this production, and pieces of material have been excluded
from the film. This may have been because if the entire script was read, word for word,
it would create the wrong interpretations that Polanski was trying to create.



The Technical Aspect of this film was imperative to the interpretation and readings that
stemmed from these underlying focuses. To a large extent, the tone of voice of the
characters is a very important factor to these constructions. Macbeth seemed very
submissive, frightened and Unconfident in his tone of voice, and this may have been to
construct him as a very submissive person. However, Lady Macbeth on the other hand was
very confident, speaking out to Macbeth to go through with the plan, but in no way
aggressive towards Macbeth. She stated if he did not kill Duncan, then he would not be a
real “Man”. This may have been for Gender construction and domination in the film. At
the same time, Lighting and Shot Construction are just important. Half-way through the
scene, a window gushes open, and a loud “BANG” of lightning sound, and lighting effect the
room, putting out all candles. Out of this, it is interpreted that “Evil” is arising, and
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