Macbeth Comparative Essay

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The Power Couple Macbeth Comparative Essay Word Count: 1147 In Western culture today, it is a widely accepted fact that men and women have equal power in a marriage; whereas in Elizabethan times, a woman was dominated by her husband and she would have very little control over her life. The leading omnipotent couple in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth have a compelling marriage with a power dynamic that is beyond the boundaries set by society at the time in which he wrote the play. The directors Roman Polanski and Rupert Goold in their film adaptations of Macbeth, use contrasting paradigms of Macbeth, Lady Macbeth and the power between the two that result in two fascinating interpretations of Shakespeare’s original characters. By…show more content…
The light voice the actress speaks with in Lady Macbeth’s bold soliloquies create a feeling that she is more curious of the possibility of success than craving for power. Lady Macbeth uses her feminine qualities to gain Macbeths trust and sympathy. In the banquet from act one, she is nearly in tears when Macbeth tells her he will not kill the king. By wielding her most feminine qualities she can successfully get Macbeth to do as she pleases. She becomes pitiful as her strength and sanity crumble at an alarming rate leaving her extremely vulnerable and sensitive. While working within the same text, Polanski and Goold each effectively express different ideas of Lady Macbeth’s femininity. In each film, the change of the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are essentially the same throughout the text, however Polanski and Goold use different cinematic approaches to give each of their films a unique mood. Goold’s militaristic, cold and malicious setting creates a sinister mood featuring his hardened leading couple. One technique used in Goold’s film was the use of wardrobe. Lady Macbeth starts as a sultry temptress, dressed in a stiff dark dress symbolizing the authority and control she has as she and Macbeth walk hand in hand to the grand banquet in act one. As the film progresses Lady Macbeth is dressed in more feminine clothing that expose her chest collar and
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