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Macbeth Act I Scene V Essay

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Rupert Goold’s Macbeth is well acclaimed for being a great play but there are many small details that all lead to that feedback. All directors want to draw the audience’s attention to a special part of the scene and they specifically design the scene to emphasize that main point by changing small details that the audience might not realize but still adds to the overall conclusion that the scene brings. In Act I Scene v, Rupert Goold demonstrates many of these details. Rupert Goold used apparel and black and white to emphasize Lady Macbeth’s character and to create uncertainty in the beginning of the scene.
Goold used wardrobe choices to place more stress on Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth delivers a violent speech in which she says, “unsex me here, and fill me from the crown to the toe top-full with direst cruelty” and many other phrases while wearing white (I.v.48-50). By putting Lady Macbeth in that specific color, the director placed more weight on the contrast between the innocence of white and the evilness of her feelings. The director does this so that the audience can really experience and see the evil side of the woman who plays an innocent flower. The first impression with her in white makes it seem that she is pure but as she continues the white seem out-of-place because the mask she has drops and the director allows the audience to perceive what she is really like behind the facade. This relates to Lady Macbeth cleaning the tiles after her soliloquy because she is again using her innocent disguise to make other people let their guard around her and for her to able to think dark thoughts while still appearing innocent. It helps the audience see what Macbeth sees when looking at Lady Macbeth and why she is able to gain so much power in their relationship.
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