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Critique of Roman Polanskis Macbeth Roman Polanskis version of Macbeth in my opinion lived up to the Shakespeares play Although there were many minor changes in the play the plot stayed the same One commendable change on Polanskis part was the way he sensationalized the violence There werent that many violent scenes but those few very extremely violent I had thought myself to be completely desensitized to violence until I watched this movie One of the first major changes was the battle in the beginning of the movie In the play we werent shown the battle we were only told of the outcome In the movie we werent show the whole battle only remnants of it The one thing that stuck in my mind from that battle was when that one soldier was checking for survivors And when he found one he beat him to death with a mace That scene set the tone for the rest movie In the play the first violent act we encounter was the murder of the king whereas in the movie the battle scene was the first act of violence I think this was a good addition to the story because it was an early indicator as to the darkness of the play and the direction it was going in It gave us a taste of things to come I dont think Polanski added this scene simply to increase the amount of violence but as to prepare us for the rest of the play One major change was that of Lady Macbeths character In the play we watched Lady Macbeth was the instigator She was the driving force behind the death of Duncan If it werent for her Macbeth would not have killed the king She seemed to control Macbeth and his actions throughout the whole of the play or until he decided to kill Banquo and Fleance The character in the play was ugly both literally and
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