Macbeth Act 2 Modernization Rationale

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Rashmitha Rapuri Mr. Morano ENG 2DB-03 June 5th, 2015 Macbeth Act 2 Modernization Rationale The Shakespearean play Macbeth, explores many genres and themes to many audience’s interests. It carries a sense of comedy, tragedy and supernaturalism. Macbeth is a play of contradiction and the power of being a king which the protagonist, Macbeth, is striving for. In the beginning of the play, Shakespeare highlights Macbeth’s gracious qualities such as bravery, modesty and loyalty. However, these qualities turn into greed, apathy and self-indulgence soon after Macbeth takes fate into his own hands, guided by his wife and the three weird sisters. The finale of Macbeth is the death of Macbeth and his wife, and a new heir to lead Scotland. The part of the play my fellow partner and myself have chosen are Scene 1, Scene 2 and Scene 3 from Act 2 of Macbeth. In my opinion, this act is the most important act in Macbeth since it conveys King Duncan’s unfortunate death. My partner and I have chosen to modernize this act to relate to the generation today. The dialogues from the scripts are derived from “contemporary English” which the audience can understand better than the Elizabethan era English. The modernized play we performed revolves around the Prime Minister of Scotland, Mr. Duncan, getting murdered. The play taken place in Macbeth’s mansion where Duncan, his two sons Donaldbain and Malcolm, with Banquo and his son Fleance are spending the night. Our modernized play begins with the Minister of Health, Mr. Banquo, having a talk with his son Fleance. When Fleance leaves, Mr. Macbeth, the Deputy Prime Minister, enters to bid his fellow friend goodnight. However, Banquo unexpectedly talks about the three weird palm readers who both Macbeth and Banquo visited week before. These palm readers predicted that Macbeth soon would be prime minister of Scotland and Banquo’s
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