Biblical metaphors in Macbeth

MacbethAlthough Macbeth was written by William Shakespeare during the Seventeenth Century, this famous story has carried on generation after generation through the ages. Shakespeare wrote in a much different time than we live in today and it is apparent that many of his pieces hinted at something much greater than what normally meets the eye. Macbeth is no exception. The Biblical references and metaphors throughout the story seem ubiquitous when one simply looks a little below the surface. The Bible is perhaps the most influential book in Western history so it is no wonder that Shakespeare decided to include references to it in much of his work.

Probably one of the most noticeable of all references is that of “light and darkness” or “good vs. evil”. God being all that is good and Satan being all that is evil. Throughout history, many societies have associated the dark with evil and the light with good.

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The curse of Macbeth

Macbeth curseThe curse of Macbeth is based on a theoretical superstition based on the belief that speaking the name “Macbeth” inside a theatre is likely to cause a disaster. The only time the name should be mentioned is during rehearsals. A direct quotation of the play or parts of the play is also forbidden in some instances. This phenomenon is derived from ‘Macbeth’, a play believed to have been written by William Shakespeare sometime between 1603 and 1607. The play was about a black magic ritual on budding witches. The public witchcraft exposure in the play was too detailed that the practitioners of the ritual cast an everlasting spell on it. That turned it into the most feared and superstitious theatrical production. The superstition behind the production is so extreme that when you want to refer to it, you are forced to use words such as the “Glamis comedy”, the “Scottish Play”, or just “That play”. Since it is believed that using the name Macbeth only brings bad luck when used in theatres, then it would be okay to use it in other environments, the class, for instance.

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Introduction to Macbeth

MacbethThis particular adaptation associated with Macbeth happens in the actual Melbourne underworld. Macbeth (Sam Worthington), the loyal underboss in order to his criminal offense boss Duncan (Gary Sweet), is informed by adolescent witches he will eventually assume excellent power. Powered by their own prophecy, his spouse (Victoria Hill) programs to destroy Duncan as well as take the actual leadership from the gang with regard to herself as well as her spouse. Macbeth’s compulsive love on her leads him or her to accept her murderous strategy, but he or she finds which maintaining their power will need much more from him or her than very first imagined.

The movie opens inside a cemetery in which the Weird Siblings, three college girl witches, are noticed destroying as well as defacing headstones as well as statues, while near by Lady Macbeth weeps next to a headstone designated “beloved son”. Macbeth appears by. It’s here how the three witches help to make their intend to meet along with Macbeth later on, and depart the cemetery, grinning smugly from Macbeth through afar.

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Analysis of Macbeth’s ambition

MacbethThe theme of ambition is recurrent in the 2006 remake of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The main character clearly embodies ambition in both Wright’s and Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Macbeth’s ambition at the start of the movie could be viewed as quite normal. However, one could argue that Macbeth’s ambition at this juncture was just a mere sleeping giant. Macbeth is comfortably serving as the under boss to Duncan and is quite loyal.

As the plot thickens, we get to see Macbeth lead Duncan’s gang to a drug deal with Macdonwald, in the absence of his boss. This can be viewed as normal ambition with a little overstepping in authority on Macbeth’s part. Macbeth eventually kills Macdonwald and his men and also gains control over the Cawdor Club in the process. Duncan rewards his efforts by giving him the club but during the celebrations, Macbeth meets with three teenage witches.

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Macbeth – from book to movie

MacbethWilliam Shakespeare wrote Macbeth in the 1600′s at the request of King James I, the king of England. A medieval tale of a man driven by greed and deceit, Macbeth has stood the test of time and is performed on stages around the world. It is translated into books of various languages, and is as popular today as the day it was first shared with the world.

Macbeth is to become king, according to the predictions of three witches. After he moves up a rank in elite society, as Thane of Cawdor he becomes over ambitious and plans to murder the present king. He has the backing and support of an equally determined wife.

Containing a dark story of witches, kings, ambitious men, all with violent intentions, Macbeth has inspired many to draw from the plot and create modern versions for movie entertainment.

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A look at feminism in Shakespeare’s Macbeth

MacbethWright’s version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth can be thought of to be contradictory in its feminist agenda. It has flashes of both feminism and anti-feminism themes. For example in Wright’s Macbeth, the depiction of the three witches is more feminist, as the film portrays them as teenage school girls, a departure from Shakespeare’s Macbeth where they are depicted as old bearded hags. The film tries to move away from the patriarchal theme whereby one classification of women would be as crones: old, thin and haggard women who were unaccepted in society.

However, the film contradicts its feminist agenda when later the three school girls are involved in an orgy-like sexual encounter with Macbeth. The once powerful, almost omniscient prophets are turned into mere objects of Macbeth’s sexual gratification and indeed later, Macbeth further uses the witches to satisfy his other craving- power, by asking them to prophesy what the future holds.

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The relationship between Macbeth and the Witches

MacbethThe Hecate, the Fates, the power of a woman times three has always held a fascination in literature, and no more so than the prophetic role of the three witches in Geoffery Wrights 2006 film version of ‘Macbeth’. Although their apperances are but a brief interludes in the dramatic events unfurling within Macbeth, they set the course for all of Macbeths actions, and prove to be the catalyst in both Macbeths rise to power, and ultimately his doom.

The witches of Macbeth have traditionally been potrayed as the maid, a young woman, the mother, a homely soul and the crone, a ancient twisted remnant of feminity. But in the 2006 version of ‘Macbeth’, this sterotype is turned on its head with the casting of 3 young, lithe and attractive teenage schoolgirls, who from the very first scene of Macbeth, cast a dark shadow with their vandalism of a graveyard, gouging the eyes out of a virginal Madonna statue and spraying blood red paint over the eyes of an angel.

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Macbeth – the Dark Side

MacbethOne common thing in William Shakespeare’s tragedies is that it magnifies one specific trait in a character. This magnified trait then becomes the thing that leads the main character to a downward spiral and ultimately to his demise. For Macbeth, the magnified trait would be ambition.

The story begins after Macbeth’s victory aganist the Scotland foes. Right after this he meets a trio of witches with powers of foreshadowing. They tell him that soon he will be the King of Scotland. At this point in time, Macbeth is just a general but he takes the word of the witches as truth. He then comes home to his wife and tells her about the prediction. She too becomes harbors the idea and forces Macbeth to take action. After much prodding, Macbeth does take action. Macbeth murders King Duncan, taking his throne. Apparently having the title of king wasn’t worth it with the price Macbeth paid. Both he and Lady Macbeth fell into guilt and paranoia, seeing their victims’ ghosts and having bloody hands. This didn’t stop them at first, they continuously murdered people out of fear of being found out. In the end, Macbeth is found out and defeated while Lady Macbeth commits suicide.

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