Wednesday, March 02, 2011

The Great Wednesday Compare #8- Lady Macbeth VERSUS Iago


The winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (Lady Macbeth VERSUS Nurse Ratched), with a final score of 5-2 was Lady Macbeth.

Looks like Nurse Ratched is off for her own lobotomy this week. A character we all love to hate, for sure. But then, are we basing it on Ken Kesey's description or Louise Fletcher's performance in the movie adaptation? I haven't read the book, so I'll have to ask those of you that both watched the movie and read the novel: is this one of those rare cases where an actor brings more to a character than the author (I'm thinking of Kathy Bates as Annie Wilkes or Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump), or are you thinking that as good as Fletcher may have been, she still didn't do Kesey's character justice? While you're answering that, don't forget to vote for this week's contenders...

Vote in the comment section below before March 8th: Who is the better character?


5 comments:

Allison said...

Sticking with Lady Macbeth!

Nicola said...

Lady MacB

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You make a very good point about Louise Fletcher's depiction epitomizing Nurse Ratched. I hadn't considered that. She really is much more memorable in the film than in the book.

As for this week, gotta stick with my girl, Lady Macbeth. I can barely remember what play Iago was in.

Bybee said...

I'll go with Iago.

Scrat said...

I don't allow myself to hate indiscriminately but if I had to chose which I hate more, it would have to be Iago. Like Lady Macbeth abuses Macbeth's affections and insecurities, Iago abuses Othello's affections and insecurities. Nonetheless, I think that Iago is the master manipulator, the devil incarnate despite the lack of cloven hooves.
Still, who can forget Lady Macbeth's declaration in Act II, "I have given suck, and know
How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me:
I would, while it was smiling in my face,
Have pluck'd my nipple from his boneless gums,
And dash'd the brains out, had I so sworn as you
Have done to this."
Maybe it is John Mutford who is the villain in this giving us such difficult choices week after week after week after week after week....