The cinematography is excellent, as is the script.
In a sense, all art is a reflection of the world of its creator. This is particularly true of Macbeth. The play is set in medieval Scotland, but it was written in response to events in 17th century England. It is quite likely that Macbeth was written in The first of these events was the death of Queen Elizabeth on March 24,and the crowning of her successor, James I.
That is, he is known as James I in England. In Scotland he was James VI. His family was known as the Stuarts and had ruled Scotland for several generations.
Christian and Anne were brother and sister. Many scholars believe that Macbeth was written for performance before the royal brothers-in-law. Macbeth is very complimentary to James.
Shakespeare portrays all of James ancestors, both real and imaginary, in a positive light and portrays Macbeth, their enemy, as a monster. Two passages in Macbeth contain gratuitous compliments to James. The last king, an actor portraying James himself, holds a mirror in which Macbeth sees many more kings.
These represent all the kings which will come after James. This was particularly complimentary to James since, as the King of England, he supposedly inherited the power to cure by touching.
Witchcraft was a hobby of James. He wrote a book about it. He was against it. The plot was discovered and foiled just hours before it was scheduled to go off. It was the September 11 of the era. It launched a holiday in England, Guy Fawkes Day, November 5, marked by bonfires and the hanging of straw "Guys" in effigy.
It was celebrated for centuries and may still be celebrated in England. The trials of the conspirators, before they were bloodily executed, were equally shocking. Equivocation, a notion that one could lie honestly under certain circumstances, became a major issue.
The mention by the Porter, in Act II, scene iii, of equivocation probably reflects the prominence of the term in the trial of Father Garnet, one of the conspirators. Garry Wills in his Witches and Jesuits: He cites several passages that quote from the speech by James to Parliament which outlined the plot.
Also, several other plays written at the time featured witches, apparently a reflection of the "diabolical" origin of the plot.In revisiting Frank Brady's excellent biography, CITIZEN WELLES, I came across this statement that Welles issued to the press in January, , to basically counter the growing impression that Citizen Kane was based on a certain well known newspaper publisher.
Given Welles own reluctance to talk about Citizen Kane in any great detail . Shakespeare knew that trial scenes made great theatre, often putting them at the heart of his plays.
Probably the most dramatic courtroom scene is the trial of Antonio in The Merchant of Venice, but the trials of Queen Katherine in Henry VIII and that of Hermione in The Winter’s Tale are also memorable, as are scenes that follow the same format like that which ends Measure for Measure.
Macbeth is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, which has been performed on stage for a wide range of different audiences since its creation in the sixteenth century.
It depicts the endeavours of Lord Macbeth to become king through a series of murders, egged on by his wife, Lady Macbeth. The reason Macbeth can be called [ ]. L ady Macbeth is perhaps the most famous fictional female villainess in all of literature, but in , while William Shakespeare was creating her bloodthirsty character, one of the world’s worst real life villainess was on a serial murder spree like no other.
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Macbeth (c. ) is the title character of Macbeth, a Scottish nobleman who kills King Duncan of Scotland and rules the country until he is killed in combat by Lord Macduff. The evil of Macbeth's deed, and its effects on him and on Scotland, are the central elements of the play.