Analysis Of William Shakespeare 's Macbeth

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William Shakespeare wrote Macbeth in the early 1600’s. Macbeth was written during a time of political unrest in the Jacobean era, political context is a strong theme of the play. It seems that politics have not changed much over the centuries. Although politicians may not be murdering each other for their chance at the throne, the majority are corrupt and committing felonies to get to and stay in a position of power. Political corruption today facilitates numerous criminal enterprises. Macbeth’s desire to be King led him to commit the heinous crime of murder. Macbeth shows that although hundreds of years have passed, political malfeasance remains unchanged today. Stewart and Williamson both portray Macbeth in the scene right before…show more content…
The tone of his voice is mostly monotone with a few exceptions, but it did not fluctuate much with his lines. Without the music, Stewart’s performance would likely have left me rather unengaged. Stewart’s facial expressions when reciting his lines is one of the only interesting parts of his performance, he included a howl which was not something Williamson incorporated in his performance. Overall Stewart’s performance felt rather bland. In Nicol Williamson’s rendition of Macbeth, music is only heard in the last few seconds of the video as the camera turns from him and into the mysterious foggy opening he walks into. Williamson’s performance kept me interested and eager to see more. Williamson’s quivering whisper and almost panting like breathiness gives the performance a creepy vibe which helped make his character as Macbeth gone mad feel more believable. Williamson’s voice ranges in volume which helps bring life to the character. His eyes are open wide and crazy looking which accurately depicts Macbeth’s mental instability. Overall, Williamson’s eerie depiction of Macbeth evoked more emotion from me than Stewart’s performance which felt generic at times. The music that played during Stewart’s performance did help enhance his scene. Although, I feel music would have added to the sinister element in Williamson’s performance, it was unnecessary because his acting was on point and he was able to create an eerie feeling without music. The set and lighting for
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