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Re: Macbeth's Death; Macduff
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0295.  Friday, 1 April 1994.
 
(1)     From:   Naomi Conn Liebler <
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        Date:   Thursday, 31 Mar 94 14:04:33 +0100
        Subj:   SHK 5.0284 Re: Macduff; Macbeth's Death
 
(2)     From:   Jung Jimmy <
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        Date:   Thursday, 31 Mar 94 10:05:00 est
        Subj:   RE: SHK 5.0267  Q: Macbeth's Death
 
 
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From:           Naomi Conn Liebler <
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Date:           Thursday, 31 Mar 94 14:04:33 +0100
Subject: Re: Macduff; Macbeth's Death
Comment:        SHK 5.0284 Re: Macduff; Macbeth's Death
 
On Macbeth's death: none of the contributions to this discussion so far has
mentioned the structural symmetry of M's death with that of the first Thane of
Cawdor (the traitor Macbeth defeated and replaced), who also dies with a
certain amount of dignity: "Nothing in his life / Became him like the leaving
of it." This line of course prompt Duncan's beautifully ironic: "There's no
art/ to find the mind's construction in the  face; / He was a gentleman on whom
I built / An absolute trust" (I.iv.7-14). Delicious, isn't it?
 
On Macduff's departure: he's in England for the same reasons Ross and Malcolm
are--to seek help against Macbeth. What's wrong with that? I agree that the
exchange between Lady Macduff and her son is puzzling and problematic, but she
wouldn't be the first woman who speaks as she does when her partner goes off to
do some patriotic (not to mention patriarchal) thing.
 
Cheers,
Naomi Liebler
 
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Date:           Thursday, 31 Mar 94 10:05:00 est
Subject: 5.0267  Q: Macbeth's Death
Comment:        RE: SHK 5.0267  Q: Macbeth's Death
 
Historically, it's my understanding that Macbeth actually fled from Macduff,
leaving me to think Macbeth's fall in battle could be an intentional injection
of dignity.  Deny him that and Macbeth seems to me less interesting as a
central character.  Like Richard III, who has his humour to round out his
butchery, Macbeth need his dignity to keep us paying attention.
 
jimmy jung

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