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Duncan
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 369.  Tuesday, 15 June 1993.
 
From:           Robert F. O'Connor <
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Date:           Tuesday, 15 Jun 1993 15:59:04 +1000
Subject:        Duncan
 
Dear Shakespeareans,
 
At the risk of bringing up an old debate, there was a discussion about
'Macbeth' earlier this year (March), some of which touched upon the subject of
Duncan.
 
I am interested in people's reactions to the idea that, despite the various
laudatory remarks made about him, Duncan was in fact a weak king, someone along
the lines of Henry VI (at least in Shaksepearean terms). This weakness is the
cause of the rebellion and invasion at the beginning and the play, and,
arguably, all that follows.
 
I know this is not an original idea - I am not claiming it is - but I have come
across only scattered references to it, and no serious explorations of it. Any
comments?
 
ROC
 
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