SEMANTIC Macbeth is mourning over the death of his wife and is coming to the conclusion that there is no point in living. CONTEXT Macbeth’s wife has died, there is an army outside of his castle, and the thought of it is sending his mind into a frenzy. FIGURATIVE DEVICES “Life’s but a walking shadow, […]

Franz Kafka was born in Prague in 1883 into a middle class German-speaking Ashkenazi Jewish family. Back in those days German language was considered the vehicle of social mobility. His father was a very dominant figure with a huge appetite for business. Kafka and his siblings were mostly brought up by governesses and servants. His […]

MACBETH Go bid thy mistress, when my drink is ready, She strike upon the bell. Get thee to bed. Exit ServantIs this a dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee. I have thee not, and yet I see thee still. Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible […]

MACBETH[Aside] The Prince of Cumberland! that is a stepOn which I must fall down, or else o’erleap,For in my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires;Let not light see my black and deep desires:The eye wink at the hand; yet let that be,Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see.Exit Modern: The Prince […]

In this scenario, the key element is dramatic irony. It’s all about the two characters letting the members of the audience know how they feel about their fate without giving it away to anyone else on stage. This is effective as we can see how Macbeth and Banquo avoid showing their thoughts and emotions to […]

“As two spent swimmers, that do cling together” With this phrase, Shakespeare makes a relation between the battle of Macdonwald and King Duncan’s men, to a pair of struggling swimmers. The intent behind this metaphor is to imprint an image of the battle into the minds of the audience. The word “cling” makes both characters […]

Introduction The stimulus for our assessment evolves around refugees from all over the world. The idea of refugees is one that is close to me as both of my parents were refugees in the late 90s. This was a result of the Bosnian/Kosovan war which lasted 3 years, from 1992 to 1995. I feel like even […]

Our performance refers to Nazi Germany. The two actors stand opposite eachother and one holds up his hand, symbolising a Nazi salute and saying “Heil Hitler”, the other character looks extremely uncomfortable with doing this. The character who is refusing to raise his hand could range from the man’s son, to anything else such as […]

Semiotics are extremely effective in theatre. It is an easy alternative to physical attacks on stage, especially when there is a shortage of props. It’s one of the most used methods in modern theatre. Majority of the time, it’s done in a creative and quite abstract way, but at times, it can come across aggressive […]

The Foreman has a very important role in the Scene. He is the leader of a group of workers, but he also has his own leader who he needs to impress. In the scene, the Foreman has the important objective of covering up the death of one of his workmen. He is paranoid about getting […]