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MacBeth versions comparison essay There are many differences between interpretations of William Shakespeares MacBeth This essay wall contrast Shakespeares original version and a movie version by Roman Polanski produced in 1970 Three major differences will be discussed One difference between Shakespeares and Polanskis version is the absence of the scene in England in Polanskis version In the Original MacBeth MacDuff goes to England to convince Malcolm to return and fight MacBeth The scene of the longest of the play it is very drawn out and lengthy Polanski simply eliminates this scene and shows Malcolm back in Scotland The reason I feel that Polanski did this is that the scene detracts from the continuity and action of the play The play is equally effective without the scene and more streamlined Another difference between the original and Polanskis version is the scene where MacBeth kills the king Duncan In the original Shakespeare was not allowed to show the death of a divine right ruler so he showed MacBeth coming out of the kings bedchamber after he had committed the murder For Polanskis version however he had no such limitation and could show anything that he chose so he showed the actual murder of Duncan where Duncan wakes up and MacBeth cuts his throat after stabbing him The reason that Polanski inserted this scene was to show how cold-blooded MacBeth was and that he would do anything to achieve his goal of becoming king A third difference is the use of the letter that MacBeth writes to his wife describing how he has become Thane of Cawdor and the witches three predictions In the original the letter was read by Lady MacBeth and then not mentioned again In Polanskis version Lady MacBeth takes out the letter after everything with her and her husbands plan has gone wrong reads it and then kills herself The reason that Polanski did this is that the letter is a useful device
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