The Tragedy Of Macbeth By William Shakespeare

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An analysis of how the play ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’, written between 1599 and 1606 by William Shakespeare, has been reinterpreted in the 2010 film ‘Macbeth’. The 2010 film successfully takes its own reading of Shakespeare 's play; by changing the setting, the director, Rupert Goold, effectively conveys many of the key themes and issues found in the original text. Whilst transforming some on the underlying meanings to correspond to the alternative readings contemporary audiences might take from Shakespeare 's Macbeth. The objective is to examine one scene from both play and film to deconstruct how this scene is reinterpreted in the film. The scene that will be analysed will be Act 4, scene 1 in the topic of Structure and Filmic Staging.

The first topic of analysis with regards to Structure and Filmic Staging is the contemporary setting of film. The 2010 Macbeth has reinterpreted the setting of the play. Goold 's production maintains its mesmerising power compared to the original play. The underground network of tunnels, corridors, kitchens and a ballroom with no windows builds the sense of claustrophobia which they had created in the theatre. This unsettling atmosphere also helps when it comes to illustrating the edgy World War II aesthetic. Goold choses to tell the story with Macbeth as a Russian dictator cultivating a cult of personality in the 1940’s. This contrasts to the original play as Shakespeare’s Macbeth is set in the medieval time of Scotland. From Duncan’s camp
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