When Lady Macbeth and Macbeth are planning Duncan’s murder the curtains in the background should be red. Red is a symbol for evil and since the decor of the castle would have most likely been picked by Lady Macbeth, I believe it is appropriate. Lady Macbeth is trying to ‘hype’ Macbeth up enough to have the courage to kill Duncan. All of these elements show Lady Macbeth’s sinister side that she keeps hidden.
To add to Macbeth’s growing theme of darkness, his castle should be dark. Dark in the color, not so much that it looks like an evil lord lives there. There should be one tower, where Macbeth sleeps because he wants to be above Duncan and anyone else that stays with him. As far as what surrounds the castle it should be forest, not mountains. A forest represents how people can get lost while trying to get to, or understand him. A mountain range would suggest that it is impossible to reach him, which is not the case.
The letter that Lady Macbeth receives should be reflective of Duncan’s nation. If the parchment is of nice quality and has a wax seal than it shows that the nation is wealthy. Macbeth would be sending this letter from a temporary war camp, meaning the wealth of the camp would be only a fraction of the nation’s actual wealth.
After King Duncan declares Malcolm “The Prince of Cumberland”, which is another way of saying King Duncan’s heir, Malcolm will have a smirk of his face. Malcolm will smirk because he knows that all the older men have more experience than him and that they believe that they are better fit for the position. Malcolm will have the smirk until he exits, he should exit with a very dramatic walk.
For scene three I would have fog constantly surrounding Macbeth. I would have Macbeth surrounded because it foreshadows the lack of clarity in his upcoming decisions. When the witches are with Macbeth some of the fog will move towards them as well. This is because the witches are still very mysterious. As soon as they vanish the fog will return to Macbeth. Macbeth exclaims “Would they have stayed!” after the witches vanish, wanting some understanding about these questionable beings.
For The last section of this scene, where Malcolm and Donalbain are fleeing Scotland, I want both of them to be wearing yellow. Yellow represents being yellow bellied or being a coward. They are worried about the “daggers in men’s smiles”, so they leave Scotland. If anyone watching were to catch this hint, they would be drawn into even more fear of Macbeth.
For this scene I believe King Duncan should be wearing flashy robes or golden armor. He should be displaying that he is king, using his clothes as a way to brag. The clothes can be a sort of foreshadowing. They draw attention to him and make him stand out as superior. Making King Duncan stand out as important will make his death have more impact on the viewer.