Themes and Motifs in Macbeth Act Five 10th - 12th …
This expectation of plenty holds true especially for the tragedies and histories, for while we can accept a or a that falls a little flat, the scripted moments of levity in a or are far too few to carry a production that isn’t firing on at least most cylinders. Those who see Shakespeare simply to revel in the language may excuse much in the way of weak performances or dodgy production values, but that does not account for the majority of the much coveted General Audience who is not composed of friends, family members and season subscribers who are locked in regardless.
Motifs and Characterization in Macbeth - …
And this is the curse that plagues this production. There are so many good things here that are upstaged by those that are not. For example, Fred Sullivan, Jr. has the novel idea of using the same actors as the witches to play the servants and similar secondary roles, thereby creating an undercurrent of subversive evil in the house of Macbeth. However, aside from the always excellent Wendy Overly, the parts played by Rachel Dulude and Alec Thibodeau are forgetful or just plain. Thibodeau misses two opportunities to shine as the Bloody Sergeant and the Porter by throwing away the first and overplaying the second. The best moment for the servants, where Dulude and Thibodeau (with Overly beside them) finally come to life isn’t actually part of the script and it isn’t until the final witches scene, where each witch in turn ejaculates a possessed trio of prophecies concerning Macbeth’s ultimate fate, that we see the three used to full effect.
Wife of Lord Macduff and a victim of Macbeth's hired Murderers.
Though a minor figure, this pathetic character--created only to be unjustly killed--is a striking example of the well-crafted small role of which Shakespeare was a master. In her brief appearance she is vivid enough to contrast powerfully with Lady Macbeth. As a loving mother, domestic life is more important ot her than politics, and she is everything in a woman that Lady Macbeth is not.
As she is the only other female character in the play (except the Witches), the contrast is firmly impressed on the readers. She also affects in another way, for her helpless bewilderment is another of the many instances of the nation's disorder. The terror she experiences in the last moments of her life constitutes the depths of the play's horror. Her death is an important turning point, for it motivates Macduff to exact revenge and fight with a stronger will than politics alone could prompt.