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Re: Macbeth as Tyrant
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0496  Friday, 19 March 1999.

[1]     From:   William Williams <
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        Date:   Thursday, 18 Mar 1999 11:35:05 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0486 Macbeth as Tyrant

[2]     From:   Eric W Beato <
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        Date:   Thursday, 18 Mar 1999 22:52:11 -0500
        Subj:   SHK 10.0486 Macbeth as Tyrant


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From:           William Williams <
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Date:           Thursday, 18 Mar 1999 11:35:05 -0500
Subject: 10.0486 Macbeth as Tyrant
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0486 Macbeth as Tyrant

Well, Macbeth's comment to Lady Macbeth, "There's not a one of them, but
in his house /  I keep a servant fee'd." (3.4.130-31) is not a bad
start.  A spy network this extensive is not going to make the people
think well of him.

William Proctor Williams

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From:           Eric W Beato <
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Date:           Thursday, 18 Mar 1999 22:52:11 -0500
Subject: Macbeth as Tyrant
Comment:        SHK 10.0486 Macbeth as Tyrant

Perhaps a bit of light could be shed on Bill Cain's questions about
Macbeth if we note that  'rumors' that things were well 'borne in hand'
by Macbeth actually begin quite quickly after the death of Duncan.
Macduff declines to attend the coronation of Macbeth and suggests his
concern about Macbeth's part in the events.

With Shakespeare then applying a form of dramatic compression to the
rest of the life of Macbeth, what  history lists as a 17-year reign
feels more like a reign of a matter of months.

If Macduff had his suspicions early on, and if Banquo had suspicions
shortly thereafter, might not we assume others would have the same
suspicions?  When suspicion turns to rumor, and when rumor turns to
cliche, reputations of the high and mighty can quickly be altered.
Adding time compression to this type of rumor would give the Scottish
world plenty of time to decide that Macbeth is truly a tyrant.

Best wishes,
Rick Beato
Lisle Senior High School, Lisle IL
 

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