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Week 4 Assignment: Essay – Play Analysis

May 13, 2023 | Nursing | Chamberlain College of Nursing | HUMN303N | 69
Required Resources Read/review the following resources for this activity: Textbook: Chapter 8 Play from the Internet, YouTube, DVD, iTunes, Amazon, Netflix, etc. 1 primary source (written version of selected play) Instructions Plays are meant to be performed, rather than read. The purpose of dramatic arts often extends far beyond the words written on a page; staging, lighting, costumes intonation, expression, and audience experience are all part of the experience of a theatrical production. To develop your understanding of the cultural role of the dramatic arts, you will view a production of a play this week and write a reflection to explain your viewing experience. Choose a play that you would like to view and find a version online, YouTube, DVD or iTunes, Amazon, Netflix, etc. You can also choose to see a play live if you prefer. Play Suggestions: A Midsummer Night's Dream Romeo and Juliet As You Like It Taming of the Shrew The Tempest Much Ado About Nothing The Comedy of Errors Macbeth King Lear If you have another idea, please ask your instructor to approve it. Then, select and address one of the following options: Option 1: Write an analysis of the play that you viewed. Include at least one quote from the play in your essay. In your essay, address the following: Identify the performance that you have selected. Describe the staging, lighting, costumes, and characters of the performance. How do these match or revise the written version of the play? You do not need to read the entire play, but you should skim the text. What type of mood and tone does the performance create? How? What parts of the play are easier to understand through performance? What are some details that stood out through performance? What are your feelings about this performance? What did you take away from viewing it? Option 2: Find an adaptation or transformation of a play. Choose an adaptation with some significant differences from the original, such as transposed plots and characters into a variety of different settings and historical contexts. Here are some examples: A Midsummer Night's Dream - A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999) or A Midsummer Night's DREAM (2018) Romeo and Juliet - Romeo + Juliet (1996) or West Side Story (1961) or Romeo Must Die (2000) As You Like It - As You Like It (2006) Taming of the Shrew - 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) or Kiss Me, Kate (1948) Much Ado About Nothing - Much Ado About Nothing (2012) The Comedy of Errors - The Bomb-itty of Errors (2012) King Lear - A Thousand Acres (1997) Othello - O (2001) Hamlet - The Lion King (2019 or 1994) or Hamlet (2000) Twelfth Night - She's the Man (2006) If you have another idea, please ask your instructor to approve it. Watch the original version and the adapted version. In your essay, address the following: How is the adaptation the same as the original? Discuss plot, characters, theme, conflict, language, etc. How does the adaptation differ from the original? Discuss setting, time period, characters, plot, language, etc. Does the original story translate well in the adaptation? Why or why not? Did the adaptation work in a different setting, time period, etc. Why or why not? Why do you think Shakespeare's plays are adapted so often? Writing Requirements (APA format) Length: 1.5-2 pages (not including title page or references page) 1-inch margins Double spaced 12-point Times New Roman font Title page References page (minimum of 1 source) Grading This activity will be graded based on the W4 Essay Grading Rubric. Course Outcomes (CO): 1, 2, 3, 4
Macbeth by William Shakespeare is a tragedy that reflects on the power and its damaging effects on the physical and psychological parts of humans who seek it for their benefit. It starts with a trio of witches chanting when Macbeth and Banquo meet them and they prophesy the reign of Macbeth and the unhappy life of Banquo. The use of imagery on the clothing, darkness, and blood is shown vividly stirring emotions to the reader. This is achieved also by how the characters express themselves, from the witches to the distressed king. The play is characterized by dim lightings at the start when the trio is chanting and laughing as some sort of morning ritual. There appears a green light at the top shining down on the trio showing the presence of greater power and divinity in that environment. This use of light is employed by the producer to focus our attention on the opening remarks of the play with an exciting performance of the trio of witches. This dark-themed display sets the mood in the play as well as indicating that the play is a classic. The stage setup takes us back to the Scotland's environment dropping hints of outdoors and indoors decor. The actors' selection is carefully presented to suit the personal characters brought about by William in the book. Macbeth a vibrant soldier who now after the crown news develops a certain sense of pride and power-lust together with his wife who is a firecracker with ideas that he feeds his husband towards taking the crown. She is seen as a strong and fierce person who can make tough decisions for Macbeth. she even critics her husband asking him to be a man and face his challenges head-on. The trio sisters reflect on how witchcraft was considered a divine power in those times. The lingerie used by the actors is to show bring live the images got from reading the play. It is during the Scotland empire where Macbeth a solder is promised the crown but with drive and motivation from his wife and his visions of the trio of witches towards the idea of slaughtering the king with a knife, he kills King Duncan and claims the crown for himself. These actions are well depicted by Macbeth killing one life forcing him and the wife to kill more as a way to escape suspicion. As Duncan enters Macbeth's house, he complements its status not knowing his death would come then at the hands of the host and hostess. The tone in the play is expressed with authority with a mixture of an unhappy sounding from Macbeth for he used foreplay. He calls it a fruitless crown put in his head by the trio sisters who did not tell how he would become king. He decides on challenging his fate by wearing the crown and ordering the deaths of people who pose as a threat to his reign. There is a theme of mischief expressed by Macbeth soon after he wears the crown, wallowing in self-guilt for the blood of his friend and his son on his hands. The thirst for power is well indicated when he still tries to keep his reign legit in the eyes of his subjects but still celebrating the survival of his competition even after sending men to kill him. The lighting is adjusted to indicate night and day in a way that you can follow on how long the play is dramatized. At the 28th minute of the play, Macbeth's wife is seen pouring a poisoned drink to the king's soldiers with the trio of witches on the outside knowledge of the happenings and they burst out laughing for they already know the fate of such acquired power. When Macbeth celebrates with his friends, he is seen to wear different faces convincing the lot that he is a well-deserved king. He has a certain fear engraved in his mind in a manner he starts experiencing motifs where the blood of his friend haunts him. (kiss, 2017). The lighting is dimmed to show that he is only seeing things his friends around the table cannot. His drinking and embarrassment force his wife to chase the visitors before the king says things he shouldn’t say. In private he expresses his guilt to his wife showing the dislike to the crown since it has caused many deaths to keep it that way. (William, 2017). These deaths are motivated by ambitions to rule Scotland, remorse, and fear of what will happen once people know of his deeds. In act three scene four, the “blood will have blood” is a foreshadowing element showing the number of deaths that happen in the hands of Macbeth. Families of people going against Macbeth are all at risk of leaving nobody alive. The consequences of power-lust are well shown in this play teaching the audience on being careful with power whether inherited or self-acquired. The motifs in the tragedy of Macbeth reflect on the audience on how psychological torture happens when you kill innocent souls for your benefit. As the audience, we are to know it must not be blood debt but also taking advantage of people towards their gain. Death follows Macbeth's house as an act of revenge from king Duncan's son and an army from England which is to rebel against king Macbeth's acts. Anger stirs up war between Macbeth's army and his rebels on a quest for revenge which according to the play doesn’t bring satisfaction to any party rendering the quest meaningful. For lady Macbeth survives the first attack she faces mental disturbance on the blood of king Duncan which secured his husband’s crown. She sees blood in her hands trying effortlessly to clean it out. Her expression of pain is huge, getting the audience to sympathize with her even after the horrible deeds. Upon hearing of the English army, Macbeth asks for his sword and armor to engage in the fight as a man. This lack of fear is then revealed before the battle when his queen suffers death breaking him apart and he claims how he has seen many atrocities nothing can shatter him. He mourns cursing on life as a meaningless form of walking dead. The emotions are mixed in this play juggling the audience up and down creating entertaining scenes. His quest for victory does not give him time to moan about the wife's death he instead wants to fight till his last breath with Malcolm who is after revenge for killing his whole family. References Kiss, A. (2017). Macbeth as a tragedy of consciousness on the Hungarian stage after 1989. The Shakespearean International Yearbook, 113-133. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315264257-8 William Shakespeare's Macbeth (Complete Play) [play]. (2017). live. 100
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