Savour Essay

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Macbeth is set during the medieval era known to be associated with a patriarchal society, in which women are subordinate to men. However initially it is Macbeth who is overpowered by his wife lady Macbeth. The running theme throughout Shakespeare’s play is ambition and these burning desires for power are evident in both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Shakespeare’s perspective is that once we give ourselves to the powers of evil, it is stained within us. This is also vividly conveyed in Goolde’s film adaptation of the play through the creation of atmosphere and characterisation. Lady Macbeth and Macbeth are absorbed in thought of being king and queen. However visibly it is Lady Macbeth who is more ambitious to act upon her desire and plots the murder of the king. Nevertheless there are contradictions within her persona as in act 2 scene 2, she is perceived as weak as apparent in the film as she jumps up and gasps with fright and anxiety to the sound of the owl, although she claims “that which hath made them drunk hath made me bold”. She perceives herself as having control over the situation, whereas it seems she is only trying to convince herself that she has courage, stating cruelly that she would have murdered Duncan “had he not resembled “her “father”. In the text it can be interpreted as her having a tinge of conscience that eventually cannot be disregarded driving her to insanity. However in the film version when Lady Macbeth delivers this line she is gripping firmly against the wall which shows contrary to her utterance, she needs some stability, imposing she is searching for an excuse. Furthermore In act 1 scene 7 Macbeth’s soliloquy portrays his emotional disturbance as he evaluates the consequences of his wrongdoing. The audience witness his doubts as he values the king Duncan’s virtues and feels shame upon destructing his position as king, “that his virtues

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