Dramaturgical Analysis Of Macbeth

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Bryan Lochner History of Theatre 1 12/12/13 Dramaturgical Analysis of MacBeth Introduction- Macbeth was written by William Shakespeare. It is considered one of his darkest and most powerful tragedies.The Play takes place in Scotland, And the basics of the play is that people should be carful not to let power consume them because it can have terrifying consequences. A good example of this would be Wes Craven’s Wish-master where one man’s lust for power and wealth would lead him to his demise at the hands of the powerful Djinn. The play was written between 1603 and 1607. It was first published in the Folio of 1623. It was most likely written during the reign of James I, who had been James VI of Scotland before he succeeded to the English throne in 1603. James was a patron of Shakespeare’s acting company, and of all the plays Shakespeare wrote during James’s reign, Macbeth most clearly reflects the playwright’s relationship with the sovereign. Macbeth is Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy, and tells the story of a brave Scottish general named Macbeth who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia, and he soon becomes a tyrannical ruler as he is forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion. The bloodbath and consequent civil war swiftly take Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into the realms of arrogance, madness, and death. Shakespeare's chief source for Macbeth was Holinshed's Chronicles (Macbeth), who based his account of Scotland's history, and Macbeth's in particular, on the Scotorum Historiae, w... ... middle of paper ... ...ight altercations to the hair. Work cited page. Videos: http://video.pbs.org/video/1604122998/ for the Patrick Stewart performance of Macbeth Pictures: http://stlouistheatresnob.blogspot.com/2011_02_01_archive.html https://edisk.fandm.edu/occ/magazine/spring01/sp01_story3.html http://luna.folger.edu/MediaManager/srvr?mediafile=/Size1/FOLGERCM1-6-NA/1198/045794.jpg&userid=3&username=jkuhn&resolution=1&servertype=JVA&cid=6&iid=FOLGERCM1&vcid=NA&usergroup=Folger-6-Admin&profileid=27 http://chicagotheaterbeat.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Witches_green_screen1_2.jpg https://s-media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/be/40/9b/be409ba819c179d09091dfbf49a43475.jpg Sources: http://nfs.sparknotes.com/macbeth/ FOR TRANSLATION OF SCRIPT. http://shakespeare.mit.edu/macbeth/full.html FOR FULL SCRIPT http://king-lear.org/macbeth_performance_history FOR PERFORMANCE HISTORY.

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