The Outsider: Macbeth, the Appropriation and "A Beautiful Mind", the Film

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The outsider: Macbeth, its appropriation and A Beautiful Mind, the film. An outsider is defined as someone who is not accepted as a member of a particular social group or as a person who does not choose to be a part of the system. This is evident throughout Brozel’s film appropriation Macbeth, and A Beautiful Mind. The play Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare in the sixteen hundreds, has throughout its life time been appropriated to suit the period in which its audience found most appealing, so as to bring the play to life. Shakespeare represents perhaps the most daunting challenge of all in the matter of adaptation and appropriation because there is an unending diversity of interpretation to which the plays, especially the great tragedies, are subject. The concept of Macbeth can be related to our everyday lives as we constantly thirst for power and success and sometimes go to any lengths to achieve it. On the other hand the movie A Beautiful Mind tells the true story of Nobel Prize winner John Nash's struggle with schizophrenia. It follows his journey from the point where he is not even aware he has schizophrenia, to the point where Nash and his wife find a way to manage his condition. In comparison to Macbeth it is not power but Schizophrenia which takes its toll on the interpersonal relationships and intimacy in the film. In Brozel’s film Macbeth, the opening scene is of the garbage dump, surrounding crows and a dim, grey sky. The use of these elements in the film generates a sinister, foreboding atmosphere and prepares the audience for the death and evil that awaits them later in the film. This is also apparent in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, where the witches depict the road of suffering: “When shall we three meet again? In thunder, lightning, or in rain?” This refers to Macbeth’s destructive decisions leading him to murder which goes against natural order

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