Duncan In Shakespeare Macbeth And Geoffrey Wrights

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Critically evaluate wright’s portrayal of the character of Duncan. Consider in particular * His character as suggested in Shakespeare original text * The changes made by wright In Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, which is set in 1040 Duncan is the King of Scotland and is a respectable person . However in Geoffrey wright’s version he is 21st century criminal who is the head of a gang. Hence he is not a noble person as suggested by Shakespeare and His kingdom is only confined to his gang .It obviously affects a lot how audience thinks about him, as he is a criminal and him being murdered does not make them feel as sorry as they would on a death of a king. In act 1,scene 7 Shakespeare’s original play, one of the reasons for which Macbeth decides not to kill Duncan is that he is so fair in his dealings as he says “Besides, this Duncan Hath borne his faculties so meek, hath been So clear in his great office, that his virtues Will plead like angels, trumpet-tongued against The deep damnation of his taking-off.” Hence he is not only respected because he is a king but also due to his nobility. In fact, this is his nobility and innocence that causes Macbeth to repent after murdering him. If he was not a good person the ending of Shakespeare would have been totally different. In Geoffrey wright’s version he is a criminal, and not a respectable person at all. So when he is murdered audience is not appealed because it is common among criminals. Although the quotation above is also added in the film but Duncan is not able to get same feelings from the audience as he gets in the original text of Shakespeare.Obiviously a criminal can not have virtues which will plead like angels. It should also not make Macbeth repent because a criminals does not have any emotions as a loyal soldier would have towards his noble king. In short Geoffrey has tried to make the

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