What Is Polanski's Interpretation Of Macbeth?

612 words - 2 pages

"I see Macbeth as a young, open-faced warrior, who is gradually sucked into a whirlpool of events because of his ambition. When he meets the weird sisters and hears their prophecy, he's like the man who hopes to win a million--a gambler for high stakes.""You have to show violence the way it is. If you don't show it realistically, then that's immoral and harmful. If you don't upset people, then that's obscenity."(Quotes by Roman Polanski)Roman Polanski well known, not only as a french born actor and director of a number of films but also because of his controversial life. Born to Jewish parents who were victims of the Holocaust Macbeth was his first studio project in 1971 after the traumatic death of his wife Sharon Tate, who was brutally murdered by the Manson family. Roman Polanski had seen his share of violence in the real world, so it's not too surprising that the Shakespearian play he decided to direct was Macbeth, which portrays a series of bloody murders and a rapidly descent into madness. Made shortly after the Sharon Tate murders, there's a disturbing parallel when Macbeth's gang of wild-eyed assassins butchers noble MacDuff's wife and children Not surprisingly, an already grim and disturbing play was turned into a hellish nightmare on film, reeking of corruption, greed, and needless bloodshed. Fortunately it's also one of the director's most brilliant films.Although it is remarkably faithful to the original text, with a few notable exceptions, it takes a different view from the traditional theatrical interpretation.Polanski's Macbeth gained notoriety in part through Lady Macbeth's nude sleepwalking scene, a choice inspiring much comment in 1971. Was the nudity really justified? It has no textual justification, but there is, perhaps, a case to be made. It is difficult not to...

Find Another Essay On What is Polanski's interpretation of Macbeth?

To what extent is Lady Macbeth responsible for the murder of King Duncan and the downfall of Macbeth?

1439 words - 6 pages . Within the plot, Lady Macbeth prepares for the murder of Duncan. She calls the spirits to help her do what she needs to do. ‘Unsex me here and fill me from the crown to the toe top full of direst cruelty‘. Here Lady Macbeth is showing her evil and bloodthirsty side. She is calling the spirits to rid her of her lady like way. Her caring nature and her womanly loving. She knows that she needs ‘cruelty’ to commit the murder of King Duncan

'fiend-like queen'. How true is this description of Lady Macbeth and what does Lady Macbeth add to Shakespeare's play?

2983 words - 12 pages Malcolm describes Macbeth and his wife as 'this dead butcher and his fiend-like queen'. How true is this description of Lady Macbeth and what does the character of Lady Macbeth add to Shakespeare's play?Shakespeare originally wrote 'Macbeth', for the existing king James I. The play was based on James I's relations as Shakespeare thought that this would please the king who would allow the theatre to remain open. Shakespeare comprised the play of

This essay is about Plato's Allegory of the Cave and what my interpretation is of the images that dwell in the cave

690 words - 3 pages of the world.The allegory of the cave is a simple work of Plato, yet it is a complex concept that I had trouble with. So what I did to make life a little easier was simply apply Plato's allegory of the cave into contemporary issues. Today, we are bombarded constantly with the reality of war, we go to college (school) or work, then we go home, we hang out with our friends, and we get together on the weekends to celebrate. But is that all there is

Macbeth - Is Malcolm's assessment of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth justified?

1188 words - 5 pages , "I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, only vaulting ambition".Macbeth's bravery survives until his last breath, during his fight against Macduff he shows the bravery that Macbeth showed at the very start of the play. Malcolm calls Lady Macbeth a "fiend-like queen" She hears of the prophecies and is determined to get Macbeth what he was promised. She pushes him to kill Duncan when he is staying at Macbeth's castle. She does

Discuss Baz Lurhmann's Interpretation of "Romeo + Juliet". Is it sucessful?

1471 words - 6 pages The tragic love story, Romeo and Juliet, by Shakespeare was performed a few centuries ago in the Elizabethan theater. In 1996, the movie, Romeo + Juliet, directed by Baz Luhrmann was shown in our modern cinema. Using the same plot, language and theme, Luhrmann presents the audience with a new, yet controversial interpretation of the play. Baz Luhrmann's film Romeo + Juliet is a very successful adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy. Luhrmann

Is Gilead a Safe Society? - Interpretation of Fiction

2324 words - 10 pages What does it mean to be safe? According to the Oxford Dictionary, safe is defined as one who is protected from or not exposed to danger or risk; not likely to be harmed or lost (Oxford Dictionary). Using this definition and applying it to the question of whether or not Gilead is a Safe Society depends solely on who you are in Gilead. In Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, the country of Gilead is a theocratic totalitarian

Lady Macbeth's soliloquy, Act I. What dramatic atmosphere(s) is/are created in Lady Macbeth's soliloquy? What does this soliloquy reflect about Lady Macbeth? How does Lady Macbeth contribute to the...

1932 words - 8 pages Untitled Advanced Literature 2010 Response to Lady Macbeth's Soliloquy In this soliloquy, Lady Macbeth is seen to plot Duncan's death, and it is implied that she would stop at nothing to assist her husband in acquiring the throne, and that she was willing to succumb to unscrupulous means and turn malevolent if it was what it took to succeed. This soliloquy creates a tense atmosphere. At that point of time, Lady Macbeth

Macbeth - "Fear is the primary emotion of the Macbeth universe"

1274 words - 5 pages fear is just beginning and the prospect of not becoming the King of Scotland is all too much to bear added to which is the guilt of killing a noble and honourable king.Macbeth consults with his wife, Lady Macbeth about killing Duncan. Lady Macbeth's answer is prompt and franc: he should kill him, as reflected in act 1 scene 7 and asks what has happened to his ambition. She then states that she won't love him unless he kills Duncan. (From this

Macbeth - Up to what extent is Macbeth responsible for Duncan´s murder?

759 words - 3 pages eternal damnation.In first place, although Macbeth carefully considers the consequences of him murdering Duncan and knows that he should not kill for several reasons, he later commits the murder. Macbeth is tempted by the prospect of being King of Scotland, so what in the end makes him murder is his ruthless seeking after power, being his ambition the tragic flaw that causes his downfall: “I have no spur / To prick the sides of my intent

"Macbeth": Ambition is Root of All Evil

568 words - 2 pages It is said that ambition is the key to success. In the case of Shakespeare's "Macbeth", it is the key to his downfall. He is presented with the ambition by the supernatural power of the witches. Lady Macbeth, his wife, then pushes the ambition. After the murdering of Duncan, Macbeth has gained enough ambition himself to cause his own destruction. We can see a clear building of desire throughout the play. Macbeth is first introduced to the limits

To what extent does history present us with a balanced interpretation of LEON TROTSKY?

727 words - 3 pages Trotsky, one of the prominent figures in early Soviet Union history has continually been assessed by many historians. Many historians such as Aronson, Lynch, Lunacharsky, Thatcher, other Bolshevik members and Trotsky himself have documented the life of this prominent personality. However, to what extent does the information provided about Trotsky truly reflect his life?Trotsky's life in his younger years were not documented, however historians

Similar Essays

Discuss In Detail Polanski's Interpretation Of Act One, Scene One Of "Macbeth" And Say How Effective You Found It

1952 words - 8 pages Macbeth to kill Duncan.The lines "Fair is Foul, and Foul is Fair: Hover through the fog and filthy air." This sums up to what the whole play is about, with no sub-plots along the way, focusing on Macbeth all the time. The words are also a link between appearance, reality and contradiction.In my opinion, Polanski did justice to Shakespeare's Macbeth, and his interpretation was very efficitve. In the play Polanski changes many aspects of the

Roman Polanski's Interpretation Of The Witches And Shakespeare's Text

2436 words - 10 pages Roman Polanski's Interpretation Of The Witches and Shakespeare's Text William Shakespeare wrote this pre-eminent Jacobean Tragedy for James the 1st around 1603. The play is set in Scotland during the dark ages. Shakespeare set the play in Scotland for the reason that James was Scottish and his ancestors were kings during that time period in Scotland. One of the major themes that can be seen throughout the play is

Discuss What You Think The Main Theme Of "Macbeth" Is

942 words - 4 pages 'Macbeth'. Macbeth being 'sucked into' evilchanged drastically. At the beginning of the play, the thought of murder made himmiserable. He seems to have a conscience on what he is doing is wrong. Toward the endwhen evil has entered Macbeth's soul and conquered him, his actions reflect the evil withinhim through the murders that he plots and also his 'lying ways' throughout the play. He iswilling to do whatever it took for his ambition, even go so far to

Essay What Are The Audience’s First Impressions Of Macbeth And Lady Macbeth? Macbeth, Is A Story Which Is Full Of Deception, Greed And Karma

764 words - 4 pages Essay - What are the audience’s first impressions of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth? Macbeth, is a story which is full of deception, greed and karma. This story will thrill the audience's minds and will also teach them about life. During the first act of the play, Macbeth encounters the three deadly, vicious, selfish witches, who consider themselves superior, ‘Lesser than Macbeth, and greater’ The witches say this particular dialogue when Macbeth