Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Macbeth Movie Essay

A. “Fair is foul, and foul is fair.” - The Three Witches
Act:1  Scene:1  Line: 12

B. This quote is at the end of a discussion between the three witches. This starts of the play. The witches are evil beings, who control everything and know the future. They have this meeting to figure out when they would meet Macbeth and give him news that would change his life. The witches mess with Macbeth and they confuse him and they make him believe whatever they want. Here the witches use this quote to put and end to their conversation and descend off into the distance.

C. During the film, this scene was very appealing to watch. It was a dark scene with cracks of light flowing through. The witches voices had a nice echo to it which was a nice touch, it really gave it a scary feeling to it. The camera was still and locked onto the witches who were standing over the dead body. The camera angle was eye level and the shot was a medium shot. The shot included the three witches standing over a dead body that they just riped the heart out and begin to say the quote in a chant simultaneously. The witches walk towards the camera and the camera begins to zoom out slightly.

D. I think that this scene was intense and scary. The witches are portrayed as monsters in this scene. They kill this made on the medical bed, and stand all around him and chant and begin to rip out his heart. This scene scared me and made me nervous to what this film had in store for me. I believe the witches are evil and are doing all this to mess with people and to ruin lives just because they can. The witches mess with Macbeth’s life and ruin it. I see the witches as the puppet master. Someone who holds all the strings and makes their “puppets” do whatever they want them to do.

A. “Were such things here as we do speak about? Or have we eaten on the insane root that takes the reason prisoner?” - Banquo
Act:1  Scene:3  Line: 85

B. This quote is during a conversation between Banquo and Macbeth right after the three witches tell them their future. They speak about their predictions that they were just given and how Macbeth would be king and that Banquo’s descendants will be king one day. Macbeth is threatened by this, because this means he will be taken down and his thrown will be taken. These predictions sound crazy to them and Banquo says the quote about how crazy the predictions are. I believe they are both trying to process what this all means and are taken away by it. Macbeth is excited and interested in the fact that he is going to become king but he has no idea how. Banquo is probably confused about how Macbeth will become king, and also how his descendants will also become king.

C. During the film, during the scene with this quote, Banquo and Macbeth walked into a dark room where they first meet the three witches. The scene was very dark and had a soft music in the background. The camera movement was zooming out on Banquo and Macbeth walking. The camera angle is at eye level and Banquo and Macbeth were wearing army uniforms. They were walking and talking during the scene.

D. I think this scene was intense and it really stood out to me. I was confused by the three witches and just creeped out by the entire movie so far. This scene was strange, Banquo and Macbeth just walk into this giant room that is dark with creeks of light showing, and the three witches are just standing their. I believe that this scene is creepy and strange to say the least. The witches are strong characters in this movie and definitely have a spook factor to them. The way they chant is scary and they are just scary people in this movie.

A. “Out, damned stain! Out, I tell you! One o’clock, two o’clock. Well, then, it’s time to do it. Hell is dark.” - Lady Macbeth
Act:5  Scene:1  Line: 30

B. This quote Lady Macbeth is arguing with the doctor on her current health status. Its is no surprise that killing those men has affected her well being. Lady Macbeth is going crazy, she cant fail asleep and she is getting really really sick. Lady Macbeth is scared because her own well being is being questioned. She is going nuts, she is holding this giant secret inside herself and it is affecting here day yo day life.

C. During the film, the scene this quote took place in was dark and loud and in your face. Lady Macbeth is freaking out to what I can only describe as a lady who is drugged up. There is little lighting in the scene and the camera is zooming out and changing angles. The scene is eye level when she is near the sink. There is a soft noise in the background and lady Macbeth’s face is the focus of the scene.

D. I think this scene was very in exciting and very jumpy, especially when Lady Macbeth screamed. The scene is dark and kinda scary. Lady Macbeth looks crazy here, she looks like someone going through withdrawals and it creeped me out. I think this scene shows how taking someones lives can have such a big impact on your mentality. She is going insane because she knows that her hands are the things that killed Duncan and her hand will forever be spotted with the blood that she took from him. She starts thinking how Duncan had a wife, and that could be her next. I believe she now knows what she did was wrong, but its to late to fix anything now. This pent up secret is not letting her sleep and function normally. It really gets to her and causes her to kill herself.

A. “Though Birnam wood be come to Dunsinane and thou opposed, being of no woman born yet I will try the last. Before my body I throw my war-like shield. Lay on, Macduff, And damned be him that first cried “Hold, enough”!” - Macbeth
Act:5  Scene:8  Line: 35

B. This quote takes place during the final battle between Macbeth and Macduff. Here Macbeth knows that this is his death coming for him, however he keeps fighting even though he know from his predictions from the three witches that he will die here. Macbeth was so powerful and cocky that he thought he was invincible and that nothing could stop him. However, after all the witches predictions came true, he knew that immortality was not in his playing cards and that he would be killed that day.

C.  During the film, during the scene with this quote, Macbeth and Macduff are having a fight scene with guns and knifes. The room was dark and there was a soft noise in the background. The camera was switching camera angles and it was zooming in and out and panning side to side, following the fight. There were guns and knifes being used and they fought in the dinning room.

D. This scene in the movie was very interesting to watch. Fight scenes are always fun to watch in a movie. This one had an awesome knife on knife fight at the end. However, I did not like how Macbeth just stopped and the three witches appeared out of no where. I threw me off and I did not like it very much. I will remember this scene because Macbeth was killed and be headed and held up like a trophy.


  1. 1. However we didn't have the same quote, I really liked your first quote, "Fair is foul, and foul is fair". Very effective and when reviewing the movie, it comes alive in the movie. Liked how you talked about the personalities of the three witches. If you didn't watch the movie, nor read the book, you can easily figure out what are the three witches.

    3. Like i said, the first one. So powerful and effective in the way that it is portrayed. I feel like it is one of the top important quote in Macbeth.

    4. You portrayed the sounds very well. Maybe is you used the terminology, like the vocab sheet that was handed out. To show your knowledge all around. Great work!

  2. 2. I chose to write about Lady Macbeth as well and Macbeth so we have some
    same characters but not the same quotes. The similarities that we had were
    that we both thought this movie was a little scary throughout. Another
    thing was that we both thought the way Macbeth and Lady Macbeth were
    portrayed on film were ultimately scary and unknowing.
    3. The first quote i think is ultimately my favorite because the effectiveness behind it was so real. The witches really were messing with Macbeth. I think that this quote portrayed a lot of unknown things throughout the film and it made things make more sense. i also think that i liked this quote because the witches were being very foul but at the same time fair. i think that this quote really fit the scene of Macbeth.
    4. My favorite quote that i think was portrayed well in the movie would be the first one. i think this because as you said "The witches are evil beings, who control everything and know the future. " Therefore, i think the movie really portrayed this well because it showed them a lot and it showed them as how they really are which is evil in many ways. i think this quote was thoroughly developed to fit the scene and it was well thought out.

  3. 2) The way that both Casey and I described lady Macbeth is that we both agreed on how killing the men would affect her and drive her to insanity. What I found that were different were describing the events that led up to the killing as a secret and I thought that with Macduff's suspicions and the killing of Banquo were enough to prove that the cat was out of the bag. The way that Lady Macbeth was analyzed was she was going into a terrible mental sate for holding Duncan's death inside her, also that she could not sleep and had to see a doctor to try and improve her mental state, but it had no affect. The differences between are analysis are that what kind of sickness she is getting and the cause of it could it also have been the way Macbeth was acting and what he would do and was doing to stay in power. Casey saw that on screen Lady Macbeth was she was in a dark room near the sink, like when she took the daggers from Macbeth, and she was the main focus and the camera was zooming in and out. The differences in the observations were that Lady Macbeth was not only distressed from the killing of king Duncan but also from the way that power corrupted Macbeth.
    3) “Though Birnam wood be come to Dunsinane and thou opposed, being of no woman born yet I will try the last. Before my body I throw my war-like shield. Lay on, Macduff, And damned be him that first cried “Hold, enough”!” - Macbeth
    This was my favorite quote because Macbeth was close to the end and because he knew that this could be then end of him and that it fit the scene of the play.
    4) My favorite quote was the first one because of the witches who could see into ones future and tell them what will happen but not how it will happen. Also it showed the true nature of the witches and how they were able to manipulate Macbeth into killing Duncan and become the king.