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The play Macbeth is perhaps one of the shortest Shakespearean tragedies that have endured throughout the generations where the performance of the play is staged all across various countries from afar. Centering on the notion that the greed for power has its surmising impacts on friendship as betrayal gets in the way of the person who engages into the dangers posed by such an act, the play has been constantly and popularly adapted and reinterpreted in numerous ways.
Billy Morrissette’s movie adaptation of the play Scotland, PA is one of the many attempts of redefining the context of the original Shakespearean tragedy and subtly utilizing the core elements such as the plot of Macbeth in order to bring about a rather unusual interpretation of the tragic text.The result, however, is one that appears to deviate from the general “feel” of the play as the movie in its entirety is both riddled and littered with comical antics that primarily involve the characters among the sequences of scenes.
As Shakespeare’s Macbeth is, strictly speaking, a play that is treated as a tragedy and one that is by itself a tragic story, the movie on the other hand takes the other side even though faint semblances from the original play appear beneath the jovial parts in the movie.Nevertheless, one cannot simply dismiss away the observation that the core assumption behind the movie Scotland, PA is that it seeks to redesign the “outside” image of the tragic play by utilizing the comical boundary.
Even if one can effortlessly make the assertion that the movie differs from the play in the context of the “feel” of the film such as tragedy and comedy, it remains a fact that the play underlines the main content of the movie and that the movie on the other hand seeks to reestablish the play by adopting the plot of the latter in a comical manner.From the play to the movieIn the play, one can find the portrayal of Duncan, the King of Scotland as an obvious equivalent to that of the movie’s Norm Duncan who stands as the central person in charge of the burger joint. Macbeth, in its general form, entails the story of a subordinate, Macbeth, who thirsts for power and attempts at claiming the position by murdering King Duncan of Scotland. Whereas in the movie, a seeming parallel is easy to spot such as the situation wherein Joe Macbeth murders his boss Norm Duncan in order to finally relieve the latter from his rank and pass-on the title to Joe.The murder scene of the superiors in both the movie and the play appear in a similar fashion, at least in the context of the plot. Although the exact details as to how the murder was plotted and achieved as well as the setting of the scene widely differs in the context of the comic movie and the tragic play, it remains a strong contention that both agree on the same underlying theme: the murder of the superior by the subordinate in order for the subordinate to claim the power and authority of the former.In the movie, the scene wherein Norm Duncan is murdered by Joe Mcbeth employs a tactic that would shroud the case with mystery from the watchful eyes of the police authorities through the use of a planned robbery. This is largely contributed to by Pat Macbeth who is Joe “Mac” Mcbeth’s wife by carefully planning a scheme that will lead Joe and his wife off the police hunt for the killer. However, Lieutenant Ernie McDuff is firmly convinced that there is more to what has been made to be known from the case and is quite suspicious of the actions of Joe Mcbeth, having the unripe notion that perhaps the latter has a great deal to do with the mysterious death of Norm Duncan.In the original text of the play of Shakespeare, Duncan decided to spend the night in the castle after his visit which eventually led Lady Macbeth to hatch a plan to murder the King of Scotland. The primary reason behind this ploy from Lady Macbeth rests on the observation that Macbeth has the ambition of usurping the power off the hands of the king which amounts to the most effective way of achieving it—to murder the king and grant Macbeth the seat of the king. Eventually, the progression of the play reveals to us the situation wherein Duncan is murdered by Macbeth after following the scheme plotted by his wife in order to avoid the possibility of arriving at a conflicting situation wherein their guises are revealed to the public and to the authorities. While the case has been shrouded with obscurity, Macduff, however, remains suspicious towards the gestures of both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth yet keeps his suspicion to himself outside the knowledge of the public.These two scenes in the movie and the play respectively share the same light in the sense that both amplify the instance wherein the superior is murdered by the subordinate, aided in no small way by the careful schemes of their wives, in order to seize the position of authority off the hands of their leaders. The murder scene in the movie reflects one of the film’s crucial relationships with the text, such as that the scene interweaves the underlying plot similar to that in the play. Essentially, utmost importance must be given to the play primarily because it serves as the foreground upon which the murder motif in the movie is derived.The inclusion of the murder scene in the play is of utmost significance in order to bring into full observation the consequent similarities between the versions of the story. Without this scene, one can find it hard to lock together the subsequent themes and the interplay of characters with the movie’s progression. The movie itself would have taken another course in establishing the development of the story’s plot and the ensuing roles of the characters granted that the murder scene was excluded. Indeed, had it not been for the inclusion of the scene with regards to the grand scheme of the plot, one can hardly find any distinguishing similarities between Macbeth and Scotland, PA. It leaves little room for comparison, in obtaining the unifying parallels between the two, and in making the claim that the movie is indeed drawn from the main plot of the tragic play.The notable differences between the murder scene from the text and to that of the movie are the details involved in substantiating further the attributes of the characters. In the play, the specific roles of the characters by far stand-out as the most imminent distinguishing mark that sets it apart from its film remake and vice versa. Moreover, not only do these specific roles define the indicators of differences from the two, these roles also define and illustrate the very context of the setting upon which the characters take part. The very term “king” obviously leads us to a mental picture of a monarchy usually associated with the feudal times or during the years when political authority rests not on presidents or on any other modern forms of government. In the movie, the idea of a “king” is not explicitly portrayed in the persona of Duncan although semblances to that of someone in power or someone as the authority in the organization are manifested.These differences add up to the emphasis on the fact that Scotland, PA is no more than a remake of Shakespeare’s Macbeth although, apparently, the movie has its own unique sets of characters and settings in terms of specific roles and specific situational contexts. However, the general roles and situations in the murder scene both in the movie and in the play take us a step closer into the noticeable shades of likeness between the two.Moreover, these differences shed light on our understanding of the comparable elements in the movie and the play. As Scotland, PA has been filmed to reflect a more modern perception of the world in contrast to the high times of monarchy, Macbeth on the other hand has been specifically written so as to mirror the context of the situation during the time it was written. These lead us to the understanding that, even though both works were years apart and even though the specific contexts upon which they operate are clearly defined by the society that the works replicate, there still remains an underlying correspondence between them through our comprehension of the general ideas involved in both works such as the plots of both Scotland, PA and Macbeth.The relationship that exists between the literary and the cinematic scenes can be summarized into the idea that the literary version of Macbeth reinforces the similar plot of the movie adaptation and that, conversely, the film reiterates the underlying themes in Macbeth. Both the literary and the movie murder scene correlate with one another inasmuch as one is to seek several parallel scenes that reinforce one from the other and conversely. It cannot be denied that the movie itself reflects in a large amount the general themes in the play and that, correspondingly, the movie would have been entirely different or would not have been brought to the silver screens had it not been for Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Yet, it cannot also be denied that a modern translation of the play is clearly explicit in Scotland, PA thereby supporting the idea that a possible modern-day approach to the tragic play can be extracted from the movie, juxtaposing the elements of the literary work into the modern field of human comprehension.