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Assorted *Mac.* Responses
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0295.  Friday, 14 April 1995.
 
(1)     From:   Scott Shepherd <
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        Date:   Thuursday, 13 Apr 1995 12:40:25 -0400
        Subj:   Re: the ghost(s) walk tonight
 
(2)     From:   Scott Shepherd <
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        Date:   Thursday, 13 Apr 1995 13:00:52 -0400
        Subj:   Re: *Macbeth: prophecy & truth*
 
(3)     From:   Scott Shepherd <
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        Date:   Thursday, 13 Apr 1995 13:07:13 -0400
        Subj:   Re: *Mac.* 3.4
 
(4)     From:   Scott Shepherd <
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        Date:   Thursday, 13 Apr 1995 13:24:24 -0400
        Subj:   Re: *Mac*
 
(5)     From:   Ron Shields <
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        Date:   Thursday, 13 Apr 1995 14:01:09 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0291  *Mac.*: 3.4; Lead on; More Questions
 
 
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From:           Scott Shepherd <
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Date:           Thuursday, 13 Apr 1995 12:40:25 -0400
Subject:        Re: the ghost(s) walk tonight
 
There's only one ghost in Macbeth.
 
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Date:           Thursday, 13 Apr 1995 13:00:52 -0400
Subject:        Re: *Macbeth: prophecy & truth*
 
"...the father of Malcolm must be Banquo."
 
No way. The Banquo prophecy comes true not in the play but in Scottish history.
Descendants of Fleance take the throne a few generations later. One such
descendant is King James I, king also of England and of Shakespeare, who had
James and his pleasure in mind (we presume) when he wrote about the Scottish
monarchy.
 
Probably Shakespeare's audience knew about these things, and recognized the
Banquo procession in scene 4.1 as a parade of their king's ancestors.
 
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From:           Scott Shepherd <
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Date:           Thursday, 13 Apr 1995 13:07:13 -0400
Subject:        Re: *Mac.* 3.4
 
Roger Gross,
 
I'm still confused by the cover-up interpretation. If Macbeth sent an
invitation to Macduff and got a refusal, why would he have to hide that
from Lady M?
 
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From:           Scott Shepherd <
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Date:           Thursday, 13 Apr 1995 13:24:24 -0400
Subject:        Re: *Mac*
 
It's true. 3.6 and 4.1 are in the wrong order. But not because of a "bad
editor."
 
The problem is 3.5, a bogus scene thrown in by somebody who thought there
should be more spooky witch musical numbers.
 
Now, the cauldron scene (4.1) couldn't come right after this new 3.5 because
that's two witch scenes in a row. So they, whoever they were, put the little
rebel meeting (3.6) in between, figuring nobody would notice. But they
overlooked the giveaway line that Dom Saliani has pointed out.
 
4.1 used to be 3.5, 3.6 used to be 4.1, 3.5 used to not exist.
 
(BTW, "they" might have been Shakespeare, but I don't think so.)
 
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From:           Ron Shields <
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Date:           Thursday, 13 Apr 1995 14:01:09 -0400
Subject: 6.0291  *Mac.*: 3.4; Lead on; More Questions
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0291  *Mac.*: 3.4; Lead on; More Questions
 
History solves this problem.  King James (don't forget Shakespeare wrote this
play for him) saw his connection to the throne through Fleance--not Malcom.
The witches say may not be true to Malcom in the world of the play--but King
James saw and valued these words in his own way.
 
Ron Shields
Bowling Green State Unversity
 

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