English - Setting and stage
Setting and stage
Shakespeare does not include in depth details of the setting and the stage
in his text. Therefore, as you read and analyse the play you need to think
about what the stage would look like, what props would be used, what
costumes would the characters wear, what actions would be seen etc. In
particular, you need to consider how these things contribute to the drama.
A useful thing to do at this point is to pretend you are a director and
plan how you would want this scene to look. For example, in Act One, Scene
One the location is not specified and all you are told is that there is
thunder and lighting. It is necessary to think about how you, as director,
can most effectively portray the evil presence of the witches. For example
you need to consider the following: What props would you have on stage?
What would the witches look like and what do they do on stage?
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