Contrast Of Two Versions Of Macbeth's Beliefs.

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Belief on WitchesMore than four hundred years ago everybody believed in witches and everyone had a good quality ideal of what a witch looked like and what they did and how they done it. This was a good advantage to Shakespeare, as he knew a lot about the witches. Polanski's portrayals of the witches are very different, as today in life people usually don't believe in witches; they only live in fairy tales.The witches are said to be very frightening and very powerful. They were said to have power of the weather conditions and all that is evil. They had power over nature, over the wind, storms, rain, and fog. The witches had hideous faces. They looked similar to men only they were women with beards! Their faces were ugly and green (in some cases). They had a huge blemish on their end of their snout. They had a power of any creature that they wanted. They could have the power of a snake. They could kill you instantly. Plus many were scared to be around any type of witch. Polanski's had to use the information that Shakespeare used in the play and his own knowledge of the witches over the past four hundred years..Throughout the Polanski's video we discover the witches "don't get out much." In Shakespeare's text in the opening the only information he gives us are three words to think about the witches being among others is "A desolate place." These three words may tell us that the witches want to be alone or have to be alone, as the public doesn't want them. Which is why in Polanski's movie the witches open in an eerie, lonely, and scary area. Which made me consider; Are these witches actual people only with a sort of problem being around people or are they just pure evil? Are they the servants of the devil or are they banned?How do Shakespeare and Polanski's view the actions of the witches to play an important factor throughout the play? As we hear through both versions is the key line "Fair is foul and foul is fair." This means good is bad and bad is good. This shows us that if a person looks pleasant and polite it doesn't mean that the person isn't a demon underneath. The witches are bad but they think that bad is good, and they think that what they are doing is acceptable. Which is why Macbeth and Lady Macbeth do they're evil, yet most will view them as being pure without knowing the truth. So by the actions and beliefs of Shakespeare and Polanski's they viewed the witches actions as a helpful resource to help the audiences understand the play.How are the witches believed to look in the eyes of all of us? As we read on we don't know how we are supposed to think about these witches, until Banquo says in Shakespeare's version "You should be women yet your beards forbid me to interpret that you are so." Yet Polanski's in his version believed these witches don't have hairy faces, yet they look like men. So thanks to the two versions we are to believe that the witches have certain characteristics of men.Besides not interacting good with people how...

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