Macbeth: Retold is a multi award-winning movie directed by the prestigious Nicholas Gate. The movie is a reinterpretation of Shakespeare's 'Macbeth'.
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Ronan Crisstopher plays Macbeth (left) and Sarah Larsson plays Lady Macbeth (right) in the movie Macbeth: Retold.
These two are the prominent characters and help shape the storyline of the movie. Lady Macbeth has a stronger and more ruthless ambition than her husband. She manipulates her husband to kill King Duncan by questioning his masculinity. Macbeth, through the persuasion of her wife and his overflow of ambition, kills King Duncan in a power grab and becomes king.
Tyranny is usually thought of as cruel and oppressive, and it often is. The original definition of 'tyranny' is rule by a lack of legitimacy, whether they be malign (evil) or benevolent (well meaning and kingly).
In the context of Macbeth, Macbeth cheated his way to royalty through murder and deception. In the movie, Duncan is always referred as "king", while Macbeth builds a reputation as a "tyrant". What differentiates the two is that a king must be loyal to his country above all interests. Macbeth is seen to only bring chaos and offers no justice.
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Sean Hank plays Macduff in the movie Macbeth: Retold.
Lord Macduff plays an important role in the movie as he suspects Macbeth of regicide in the final act. He is the Thane of Fife and can be seen as the avenging hero who helps save Scotland from Macbeth's tyranny and Malcolm's corruption in the movie.
Malcolm was King of Scots from 1058 to 1093. He was later nicknamed Canmore (ceann mòr) in Scottish Gaelic, "Great Chief". Malcolm's long reign, lasting 35 years, preceded the beginning of the Scoto-Norman age. He was also the inspiration of "Malcolm" in the play Macbeth.
Gender roles are based on norms, or standards, created by society. Traditionally, masculine roles are usually associated with strength, aggression, and dominance, while feminine roles are associated with passivity, nurturing, and subordination.
Characters in Macbeth frequently reside on issues of concerning gender. Lady Macbeth manipulates her husband by questioning his manhood, wishing that she herself could be “unsexed”. In the same way that Lady Macbeth encourages her husband on to murder, Macbeth provokes the murderers he hires to kill Banquo by questioning their manhood. These acts show masculinity equates to naked aggression, and whenever they speak of manhood, violence soon follows.
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Scot Harris (left) plays Malcolm and David Baxter (right) plays Donalbain in the movie Macbeth: Retold.
Malcolm is the elder son of King Duncan, the heir to the throne, and brother to Donalbain. In the end, he regains the throne after gathering support to overthrow Macbeth, though, he becomes corrupted and chaos outbreaks in Scotland. Donalbain flees to Ireland after the murder of his father for refuge and builds a kingdom to take over his brother's reign of terror.
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Justine Gawford, Ann Coleman and Julianna Monreal play the Three Weird Sisters in the movie.
The purpose of the Three Weird Sisters in the movie is to raise the question of Macbeth's responsibility: are his actions are determined by fate, as represented by the Weird Sisters (the old meaning of "weird" means destiny) or by freewill?
Guilt is frequently viewed as a virtue, as a high sense of responsibility and morality. However, it is the greatest destroyer of emotional energy and leaves you feeling debilitated in the present by something that has already occurred.
In the context of Macbeth, guilt is shown when he is visited by the ghost of Banquo, who he murdered to protect his secret. The apparition embodies Macbeth’s guilt, which causes Macbeth to nearly reveal the truth about King Duncan’s murder.
However, Macbeth’s guilt is not enough to discourage him from murder, though it symbolizes a lack of morality and wisdom from Macbeth.
When Shakespeare wrote Macbeth in 1606 James I had been King of England for three years. He had previously been James VI of Scotland. King James symbolized the union of the Scottish and English crowns, a union to which Shakespeare refers in the play.
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King Duncan is a character played by Samuel Coleman in Macbeth: Retold. He is the father of two youthful sons (Malcolm and Donalbain), and the victim of a well-plotted regicide by his ambitious, yet trusted captain Macbeth.
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Banquo is a character played by Andrew McIntyre. In the movie is at first an ally to Macbeth (both are generals in the King's army) and they are together when they meet the Three Witches. After prophesying that Macbeth will become king, the witches tell Banquo that he will not be king himself, but that his descendants will be.
One of the main themes that Shakespeare had in mind when writing Macbeth was to show how unbridled ambition, possessed in Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, can be a destructive force. A power so great that it creates an imbalance in nature.
Macbeth is obsessed with and possessed by his desire to become king once he is given the prophecy by the witches. Even though he apparently loves King Duncan, and is loyal to him in the beginning of the play, bestowing him with another noble title, Thane of Cawdor, increases his desire of king, as prophesied by the witches.
Macbeth is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, thought to have been first performed in 1606. It dramatises the damaging physical and psychological effects of political ambition on those who seek power for its own sake.
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