Analysis Of ' Macbeth ' By William Shakespeare Essay

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Each of the characters act as pawns to their respective religious figure. In fact, Welles “externalizes the characters’ inner struggles, transforming them into a battle between good and evil superpowers in which the human figures become mere pawns of the Gods” (Harper 203). The characters arguably no longer act on their own powers. Each character is forced on one side of the religious ideals. Macbeth is not trying “to subdue his own ambition, but to resist the manipulations of the pagan Weird Sisters,” and “Macduff (Dan O 'Herlihy) and Malcolm (Roddy McDowall) oppose Macbeth in the name of Christianity, but they are similarly coerced” by the holy man (Marker 116). None of the characters act freely from influence from the battling ideologies. Smith argues against this view by say that if the characters are not struggling with their decisions and have “no free will, then what we are basically watching is a puppet show” (154). The real conflict of the film does not lie in the control of the witches and the holy man, but rather in their struggle against each other. The forces of Christianity and Paganism fight for control of the throne, and use the characters to further the religion.
Welles introduces voodoo into the satanic rituals of the witches to give them more control over Macbeth’s actions. By sculpting a voodoo doll, the witches show the totality of the power. Most critics “almost always read it as an indication of Macbeth 's powerlessness in the face of the witches '…

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