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Rebekah Owens

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781911325130

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781911325130.001.0001

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Violence in Macbeth – ‘Steeped in blood …’

Violence in Macbeth – ‘Steeped in blood …’

(p.27) Chapter 2: Violence in Macbeth – ‘Steeped in blood …’

Rebekah Owens

Liverpool University Press

This chapter analyses how William Shakespeare's Macbeth offered Roman Polanski scope for a realisation of the evil inherent in the human conditioning its setting of eleventh-century Scotland and the story of feuding, warlike tribes. It explores Polanski's idea of the underlying desire for power in the human condition that leads to evil in the film Macbeth by making extensive use of blood and gore. It also explains the sight of blood and gory effects that provide an unhealthy stimulus for the gratification of the coarser natures of the audience. The chapter mentions Mario Bava's Black Sunday (1960) and George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968), which were introduced as a new type of horror that made full use of grisly effects. It reviews critical responses to the presence of violence in horror films that are dismissed as unaesthetic.

Keywords:   William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Roman Polanski, human condition, Black Sunday, Night of the Living Dead, horror films, violence

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