In the movie, the role of the Porter is significantly different to the character in Shakespeare’s play. In this resource, we consider the role of the Porter in Shakespeare’s time and how the Porter is used in the Macbeth movie.
In Shakespeare’s time, the Porter offered both some light relief and gallows humour. He appears just once, after Macbeth’s murder of Duncan, but before the discovery of the body. As well as injecting some gallows humour, the Porter also serves a practical purpose by allowing the actors playing Macbeth and Lady Macbeth some time to put on their nightgowns and to wash their blood-soaked hands!