Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 146. Sunday, 7 March 1993.
Date: Sunday, 7 Mar 93 14:01:48 PST
Subject: R: "a naked new-born babe"
Comment: SHK 4.0142 R: "a naked new-born babe"
Throughout the first part of the play the minds of Lady Macbeth and Macbeth are
perfectly attuned to each other. She knows that Macbeth's tender side
represents a danger to their enterprise, just as he does. In this sense they
collude in surpressing it, but, unlike her, he knows ahead of time that the
milky tenderness, the impulses to nurture and be nurtured, represented in the
image of the babe, that are being violated will return and take their toll. In
this way the play as a whole argues for the existence of a natural
law,inscribed in the unconscious if not the conscious, that render sin the
instrument of its own punishment.