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Dramatic Transformation of Macbeth. TASK: Choose some key scenes (or parts of scenes) from the play Macbeth and transform the plot and characters to suit a different cultural time. (My group has chosen to play it in modern times and the story will be a Essay Example

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8DRAMATIC TRANSFORMATION OF MACBETH

Dramatic Transformation of Macbeth

Introduction

The following paper is a transformation of two scenes from the play Macbeth by Shakespeare. The two scenes are when Lady Macbeth sleeps walks and dies, and when Malcolm is hailed as king. The paper will transform the scenes from the original play Macbeth where Lady Macbeth and her husband Macbeth become so obsessed with power such that they decide to kill the current king so that they can become king and queen. In the original play, Macbeth and his wife send people to kill a number of people who are preventing them from gaining the power they want, and from becoming king and queen. They manage to kill these people, but Lady Macbeth becomes overwhelmed by guilt, which makes her have sleepless nights. One day she sleepwalks and dies because of this guilt. Malcolm and his supporters, on the other hand, attack Macbeth, and they fight for the crown. Malcolm and his soldiers fight and kill Macbeth, later Malcolm takes the throne, and he becomes king.

Characters

Lady Macbeth

Mrs. Macbeth’s friend

Casting director

Scene 1: Lady Macbeth dies while sleepwalking

Mrs. Macbeth’s friend and a doctor enter

Doctor: what did you say the problem was with Mrs. Macbeth?

Mrs. Macbeth’s friend: she talks a lot in her sleep and she often sleeps walks.

Doctor: These are highly disturbing news for such a lovely and usually composed woman. What have you heard her say?

Mrs. Macbeth’s friend: I have not heard anything specific, as she just mumbles to herself. I am afraid she has lost her mind.

Doctor: Well, do not be so quick to diagnose.

Lady Macbeth enters looking like she has freshly made her face and done her hair

Here, she comes! Look at her! She is fast asleep. Observe her closely.

Doctor: How did she even manage to apply her makeup that perfectly, or even find her slippers and nightgown!

Mrs. Macbeth’s friend: I guess she just knows where all of that is located.

Doctors: Look, her eyes are open.

Mrs. Macbeth’s friend: Yes, they are, but she cannot see or hear anything. She is asleep.

Doctor: What is she doing now? Why is she staring out the window?

Mrs. Macbeth’s friend: She always does that, looking like she is waiting for someone to show up. Look at the way she seats, as if she is expecting someone at the very moment.

Lady Macbeth: Where are you?

Doctor: what did she say?

Lady Macbeth: Where are you my love? Where? I have waited for you for so long, yet you do not come. Why have you abandoned me like this, why? You said you would come soon. Yet here I am like a widow, crying for her husband. Come to me my beloved! Come!

Doctor: Ha!

Lady Macbeth: Where is he? My husband, where is he?

Doctor: Now I see. She misses her husband!

Mrs. Macbeth’s friend: Yes, I think she does. He has been gone for long.

Mrs. Macbeth’s friend: I can still smell your scent. I smell it everywhere these days.

Doctor: Oh my!

Mrs. Macbeth’s friend: I cannot begin to think what she has gone through.

Doctor: Goodness!

Mrs. Macbeth’s friend: she is going mad I tell you!

Doctor: I am not a psychiatrist. I do not think I can help her. You should take her to a specialist.

Lady Macbeth: make up your face, put on some lipstick, comb your hair, and look cheerful. I tell you again look cheerful; you will meet your husband soon. You must look your best when you meet your husband!

She looks around as if to see if anyone is watching and then jumps of the balcony.

Scene 2: People Hail the king, Malcolm

Casting director: Macbeth, is it not?

Macbeth: yes sir. I am here to cast for the role of the main actor, of which I most identify with.

Casting director: ok let us see what you have.

Macbeth performs the part for the director and then walks out.

Macbeth enters and performs for the director, as well as, other actors. They all go out the same way Macbeth did.

Macbeth: I am the best actor any casting director can ever dream of.

Macduff: Really? I do not see how that is possible with the likes of me around.

Macbeth: Ha ha! The likes of you? How can you even compare yourself with an accomplished actor like me? That is actually hilarious.

Macduff: let us compete and see who will take the crown of the most accomplished actor.

Macbeth: I am not competing for anything of that sort.

Macduff: Coward!

Macbeth sneers at Macduff and walks out.

As Macduff walks out, someone suddenly grabs him from behind and starts strangling him.

Macduff: (he curses) what do you want!

Macbeth: You thought you were clever ha! We will see who will be picked for the role then.

Macduff: please do not kill me I will leave the role for you.

Macbeth: You are wasting your time. I will surely kill you.

Macduff produces a knife he usually carries around with him and stubs Macbeth in the stomach severally. Macbeth lessens his hold on him and falls to the ground with a bewilder look.

Macbeth: all this for a role?

Macduff: you were going to kill me were you not?

He leaves him lying lifeless and walks away.

The following day

Casting director: Macduff you are our new leading actor. The choice was between you and Macbeth. Since he died, the role is yours.

Cheering and clapping from the crowd.

Conclusion

The two scenes were transformed to fit into two different contexts. The first scene, for example, was transformed to fit the context of a woman, Lady Macbeth, who has been abandoned by her husband. The second scene is transformed to fit into the contest of two men fighting for a leading role in a play. The reason why these scenes where transformed as were, that is, the reasons why they were fitted into these two contexts was that the social and cultural backgrounds of the transformed scenes are extremely common phenomenon in the society today. The first scene was transformed so that the main character was mourning and yearning for her husband to come back. He had gone off to war, and she had waited for him to come back for a long time. Today, many women experience the same thing because of the situation in Iraq, and other war- torn areas. The second scene transformation was about people fighting for a leading role. Acting has increasingly become common and coveted. As a result, people are trying to get these roles through various means.