Macbeth Movie And Play Comparison Essay

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In Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, Banquo’s death depicts the extent to which Macbeth is willing to go to, simply to obtain power and make the prophecies of the witch come true. Banquo’s death is a key part of the plot as it reveals the Macbeth’s true qualities in both the play and the movie adaptation. The movie, however, has a better adaption as it takes place during the world war and makes the scene much longer compared to the play’s shorter death scene. For example, the movie starts with close up of the murderers, and fades out, with a stern and swift voice; to showcase the significance of the murder. There is a mid-close up towards one of the murderers, with blindfolds on top, to indicate the darkness and the stealth which the murderers have …show more content…
For example, there are gunshots towards Banquo, as it shows the severity of Banquo’s death and the actor Michael Feast eventually rises with light partially resting on him, showcasing a full body shot. The clothing was full black throughout, except his face was revealed to create a bigger impact on the audience since death is generally associated with the colour black. There was harmonious music which altered the true mood of fear and darkness and created a mood of revenge or acting towards the common good (1:19:18 – 1:20:07). However, in the play Banquo appears as a ghost after Act III, Scene 4, line 37, in italics: “The Ghost of Banquo enters, and sits in Macbeth’s place.” If, the play had integrated a piece of clothing, or harmonious music begins, this could have created a vivid image for viewers. As a result, the audience may not have been as horrified compared to the sudden rise of Banquo and the camera following him. The book and the play have shared tragedies, and commonalities amongst one and another but the additions by Patrick Stewart, and slowing the time of event down for emphasis, really aided Banquo’s death scene. Macbeth was play and a movie about a tyrant who once was a hero, but the play depicted the true emotions of the protagonist into a higher

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