Language in Macbeth by William Shakespeare
'The Scottish Play' 'Macbeth' was set in 11th century Scotland. The
main character in this play is Macbeth who will soon have a great
ambition to fulfil! Macbeth is a brave hero in King Duncan's army. The
play starts off when Macbeth and his close friend, and companion in
the army, General Banquo, were coming home from a victorious battle.
On their route home they are met by three witches or as Macbeth refers
to them 'three weird sisters.' These strangers bring surprising and
startling news to both men. They call Macbeth, 'Thane of Glamis.' This
title he is but they continue to call him, 'Thane of Cawdor' and ...view middle of the document...
I have picked this version because I think it is easier to
understand and to comprehend what is actually happening. When people
think of Shakespeare they sometimes think of how hard it is to
understand, but when you see a more modern version and see people in
more recent costumes it puts it in a better perspective.
As the production begins, Macbeth's and Lady Macbeth's entrance is
very grand because he has just been crowned, so it is a 'State
Occasion.' The actors in this version are younger and very different
to what you would normally expect. The young man, playing the leading
character portrays Macbeth very well. Before seeing the production I
imagined Lady Macbeth as an old, wicked looking woman. Thus, I was
very surprised when she appeared as a young and gentle looking woman.
The costumes of Macbeth and Lady Macbeths were very different to what
I had expected as well. Macbeth entered wearing a tuxedo with tails,
while Lady Macbeth was adorned in a modern evening dress complete with
sparkling earrings. The other actors were also very smartly dressed.
The scenery too changed the whole concept. Whilst still set in a
castle, the banquet itself was in a grand ball room lit by
chandeliers, with hangings on the walls and tables dressed with
candles and sparkling silver ware. Soft and peaceful lighting
completed the set, accompanied by soothing music.
How ever not all was peaceful, because Macbeth knew that the murderers
whom he had ordered to kill Banquo would be doing the dreadful deed
now! As the meal gets under way one of these men enter; Macbeth arises
and goes to his side. As this assassin enters the first thing that is
noticeable is, he is coloured and wearing military uniform. In
thriller films to day they wear military uniforms and are generally
coloured people so this is a good way of keeping it in a modern sense.
16th century England was mainly a white population; unlike present
times. It is important that Shakespeare is portrayed this way because
his plays were not just for England and white people but they were for
the whole world to read and enjoy. The murderer brings bad news to
Macbeth, which he does not take well. Macbeths first words are,
'There's blood upon thy face'
This is symbolism being used to show that murder has been committed.
Shakespeare uses this type of writing to get the message across
clearly. Symbolism is one thing that stands for another (usually an
object.) Symbols are usually connected to imaginary things this is why
blood is used, because it is connected to death. The murderer says,
'My lord, his throat is cut that I did for him.'
However he then goes on to say,
'Most royal sir, Fleance 'scaped'
The change in mood suddenly alters as the murderer tells Macbeth that
although Banquo was dead, Fleance had escaped! You can tell from...