The task given this week was to retell a classic story using only web 2.0. This includes sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. I chose to do a favourite story of mine, which happens to be Macbeth by Shakespeare. This is the story of the downfall of a great Scottish general who hears a prophecy that he will become king and is consumed by greed and power.
Through secondary research, I found a five act summary of Macbeth online (3bMacbeth 2014):
Act 1: Exposition: Macbeth is exposed to the three witches prophecy that he will one day become king.
Act 2: Complication: Some of the prophecies are becoming true (Macbeth becoming Thane of Cawdor) and now Macbeth is confused whether or not to kill the king like his wife suggests so that he may become king.
Act 3: Crisis: The point of no return. Macbeth has killed his best friend (The only other person who know about the witches’ prophecy)
Act 4: Resolution: The conflict between good and evil is drawn clearer. Macbeth (evil) versus Macduff (good).
Act 5: Disclosure: Macbeth is killed and the rightful king now sits on the throne.
This structure helped me highlight key points in the story that had to be told in my digital retelling of Macbeth. The moral of Macbeth is a classic one that is of a man who becomes too greedy and things fall rapidly downhill for him. Macbeth is a story that was designed not just to show you this moral but to question your own evil… “How far would you go for power?” (Schmoop 2014)
Macbeth also falls into one of the seven stories that have been retold throughout history (Guardian 2014). Listing each story would be another blog post all together so I’ll only talk about the one. The story of Macbeth happens to be a retelling of the story of Achilles (Mythweb 2014). Achilles was an indestructible warrior that only had one small weakness that was his heal. Achilles is the groundwork for all classic tragedies and Macbeth is no exception.
This task taught me a lot about being a media producer. That ultimately as a media producer I am a storyteller. Although I may not be sharing the same storytelling platform as Shakespeare, I am still able to retell the same story completely differently. Times may have changed but feelings, stories and morals are still the same as they were thousands of years ago. And I’m happy to keep telling amazing stories in my own unique way and be part of this tradition of storytelling that has been passed down before me.
So with much pleasure, I present to you, Macbeth 2.0:
3bMacbeth (2014) The Structure of Macbeth – The Five-Act Structure [online] available from http://3bshakespeare.wikispaces.com/The+Structure+of+Macbeth+-+The+Five-Act+Structure [02 Feb 2014]
Schmoop (2014) Macbeth In a Nutshell [online] available from http://www.shmoop.com/macbeth/ [02 Feb 2014]
Guardian (2014) Stage and Screen [online] available from http://www.theguardian.com/notesandqueries/query/0,,-1553,00.html [02 Feb 2014]
Mythweb (2014) Achilles [online] available from http://www.mythweb.com/encyc/entries/achilles.html [02 Feb 2014]