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Literary Criticism

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In Justin Kurzel’s 2016 film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Kurzel’s use of several vanishing points reveals how Lady Macbeth transforms from a certain and powerful character into an uncertain and weak one. Vanishing point, as a film technique, plays with the point at which the horizon meets an unseen point of view and what lies beyond that point becomes ambiguous or uncertain, leaving for the character, audience, or both to judge what is beyond that horizon for him or herself. Kurzel’s adaptation adds to Shakespeare’s original text as it uses these vanishing points to shed light on one of the plays original themes of the relationship between certainty and truth as the crux of Lady Macbeth’s motivation and how her own interpretation of these vanishing points leads to her own demise.

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“Misled Good and Partial Truth: Lady Macbeth’s Transformation from Certainty to Uncertainty”

In Justin Kurzel’s 2016 film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Kurzel’s use of several vanishing points reveals how Lady Macbeth transforms from a certain and powerful character into an uncertain and weak one. Vanishing point, as a film technique, plays with the point at which the horizon meets an unseen point of view and what lies beyond that point becomes ambiguous or uncertain, leaving for the character, audience, or both to judge what is beyond that horizon for him or herself. Kurzel’s adaptation adds to Shakespeare’s original text as it uses these vanishing points to shed light on one of the plays original themes of the relationship between certainty and truth as the crux of Lady Macbeth’s motivation and how her own interpretation of these vanishing points leads to her own demise.