Comparing the Opening and Witches Scenes in Macbeth Essay

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Comparing the Opening and Witches Scenes in Macbeth

We watched two different versions of Macbeth. One was the BBC Shakespeare and the other one was a production called Middle English! While both productions told the story of the original play by William Shakespeare they were different in a number of ways.

The BBC Shakespeare presents a traditional version of Macbeth. The director starts with a long shot of a bleak, empty landscape. As the camera zooms in it starts to focus on a granite platform with three objects lying on top. The rock-like platform is bathed in swirling mists and there is a greyish lighting used with occasional flashes of light to represent lighting. There are also loud
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They look, sound and are evil. They also create a sense of confusion as they speak in riddles:

"When the hurly-burly’s done"

"When the battles lost and won"

The audience don't know at the start what this mean"^, How can a battle be lost and won? It becomes clear later that Macbeth has won a great battle against the witches when he is tempted to kill King Duncan. This battle he loses. The witches also confuse the audience when they say

"Fair is foul and foul is fair

Hover though the fog and filthy air.

Putting two words that are opposites side by side is an oxymoron. The effect of this on the audience is to confuse them and make them feel that things aren't right. These lines also refer to one of the themes in the play-the idea that not every thing it seems. For example the witches seem to give Macbeth. Good news Macbeth seems to be a brave and. loyal solder. Lady Macbeth seems to be perfect hostess. But in each of these examples and others in the play they are not what they seem.

The other interesting idea within these lines "Fair is foul..." is that the very first words Macbeth speaks in the play are.’So fair and foul a day I have not seen'

He is of course referring to the weather and to the victories battle he has just come from. But these words echo the words

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