Macbeth

Remarks:

Contemporary screen adaptations (1971: Roman Polanski; 2001: Rupert Goold, dir., Patrick Stewart)

James I in audience

--supernatural- only S’peare play with witchcraft.

--contrived emphasis on legitimacy of James’ succession (Banquo)

S’peare plays with history as in RIII: Macbeth no monster. 

In fact, several parallels with RIII: ambition, legitimacy, evil, conscience

“thane,” “weird”

Reversals: Lady Macbeth, Macbeth: Lady M. goes from evil to remorseful/insane; Macbeth goes from reluctant to heartless.

Murder of Duncan, threefold evil: Macbeth is subject, kinsman and host


Novels: 

titles: The Moon is Down (Steinbeck), The Sound and the Fury (Faulkner)


Themes:

Legitimacy

Ambition 

Conscience

Evil

Supernatural

English nationalism 

Psychology


Key Passages:

I:3:50ff (All Hail, Macbeth)

I: 3:141-155 (Two Truths are Told)

I:5:all (Glasmis Thou Art)

I:6:all

I:7:all

II:1:44ff (Is this a dagger . . .?)

II:2:all

II:3:all

III:4:all

IV:1:all

V:1:all

V:3:50

V:5:11ff (I have almost forgot)

V:5:19ff (The Queen, my Lord . . .”




Video:

Trailer (Patrick Stewart, Rupert Goold (2010)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuFFTTymqc8


Is this a dagger? (Goold, 2010)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pusU90ov8pQ&feature=related


King Duncan’s Murder (Goold, 2010)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9y6aAC_HoQ8&feature=related


Double, double, toil & trouble (Goold, 2010)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=DorcFBk4sf8


Sleepwalk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNRKgKg2dwU&feature=related


Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZnaXDRwu84&feature=related


© Hank Edmondson 2012