Comparing Macbeth And Throne Of Blood

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Ana Rangel
Period 3
Comparison Essay The play, “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” by William Shakespeare has many differences in the setting than the movie, “Throne of Blood,” directed by Akira Kurosawa. There are many noticeable differences in the play and movie which make the plot different from one another. Macbeth and Throne of Blood are the same story, but different setting. In Macbeth, the setting is Scotland and sometimes England. Whereas in Throne of Blood is set in Japan. Among the setting differences, there are many more which make the stories different from one another.
First, an obvious difference between “Throne of Blood,” and the “Tragedy of Macbeth,” is the culture. Japanese culture is way different than Scottish culture. Macbeth instead of being a Scottish soldier, as William Shakespeare wrote it, he was portrayed as a samurai with the name of Washizu in the movie. In the Japanese culture, samurais are seen as noble warriors praised and recognized by people. Samurais were supposedly well known for showing honor, duty and service. Samurai’s are very important in the Japanese culture since they present their values and many other things in their society. Whereas in the play, “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” Scotland has different beliefs in their society. In the play, the main character, Macbeth, is a returning Scottish soldier who has served his country in a war and won many battles. In Scotland instead of having the title of samurai, they would get titles like “general” , “thanes” or “kings”. Basically, “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” and “Throne of Blood,” have the same plot of story, but different beliefs
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The Language of Literature. The Tragedy of Macbeth. Ed. Arthur N. Applebee. Andrea B. Bermudez. Sheridan Blau. Rebekah Caplan. Peter Elbow. Susan Hynds. Judith A. Langer. James Marshall. United States of America. 2006. 77 pages.

Throne of Blood. Dir. Kurosawa, Akira. Toho, Jan.15, 1957.

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