Thought I'd put on an essay of my own
The Similarities and Differences between Shakespeareâ€™s Macbeth and the Modern Macbeth.
Shakespeareâ€™s Macbeth is a tale of a hero who tragically falls and dies. There is a version that is said to portray the same story in a more modern environment. The two stories are made of the same plot, but in different environments with different characters. I will explain the similarities and differences as I go through the play.
At the beginning of Shakespeareâ€™s Macbeth, which I will shorten to S Macbeth, three witches appear on a heath, talking about when they will meet Macbeth. They also refer to the previous battle that has taken place, and one speaks of taking revenge on a sailorâ€™s wife. At the beginning of Modern Macbeth, which I will shorten to M Macbeth, three bin men appear in a junkyard, also speaking of meeting Macbeth, who in this re-enactment, is known as Joe Macbeth. They speak of other, more modern strange things, similar to what the witches spoke about. The bin men are all male, whereas the witches were female but looked so ugly they resembled men.
In S Macbeth, King Duncan lives in a castle and has powerful allies to whom he gives land to look after. These are known as thanes. A few of these are Macbeth, Macduff, Banquo, Caithness, and Ross. King Duncan had two sons, Malcolm and Donaldbain. A battle had just been fought and Duncan was pleased with his thanes for taking part. In M Macbeth, Duncan is the boss of a popular restaurant. His employees are Joe Macbeth, Macduff, Billy (who represents Banquo), and some other miscellaneous employees. Some kind of event had taken place at the restaurant, and Duncan was very proud of his employees.
In S Macbeth, Macbeth and Banquo meet the three witches on the heath, who tell Macbeth that he will be Thane of Cawdor, and then King of Scotland. The three witches tell Banquo that he will get kings but he wonâ€™t be one. In M Macbeth, Joe Macbeth and Billy Banquo meet the bin men at the junkyard. The three bin men say that Joe Macbeth will be very happy, and that Billy Banquo will be not as happy, yet happier. They tell Billy Banquo that his son will be happy and sing â€œAnd his son, and his son, and his sonâ€¦â€