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Re: Ross and Macbeth
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0505  Monday, 22 March 1999.

[1]     From:   Judy Lewis <
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        Date:   Saturday, 20 Mar 1999 16:29:01 +1300
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0461 Re: Ross and Macduff

[2]     From:   David Evett <
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        Date:   Friday, 19 Mar 1999 08:25:26 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0486 Macbeth as Tyrant

[3]     From:   Judy Lewis <
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        Date:   Saturday, 20 Mar 1999 16:54:50 +1300
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0486 Macbeth as Tyrant


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From:           Judy Lewis <
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Date:           Saturday, 20 Mar 1999 16:29:01 +1300
Subject: 10.0461 Re: Ross and Macduff
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0461 Re: Ross and Macduff

>The historical Gruach had a son by a previous husband who Macbeth
>killed...

Surely it was Duncan who was responsible for the death of Gruach's first
husband.

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From:           David Evett <
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Date:           Friday, 19 Mar 1999 08:25:26 -0500
Subject: 10.0486 Macbeth as Tyrant
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0486 Macbeth as Tyrant

This is one of many places in the canon where information available to
the audience but not ostensibly made available to the personages of the
play has nevertheless somehow passed into those personages'
consciousness and now informs their actions.  In the theater we don't
normally notice because they are just looking at things the way we are.
I call this to my students' attention as a way of emphasizing that all
stage utterance is addressed to the audience, not the other actors.

David Evett

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Date:           Saturday, 20 Mar 1999 16:54:50 +1300
Subject: 10.0486 Macbeth as Tyrant
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0486 Macbeth as Tyrant

I think it is misreading "Macbeth" to expect it to be like a detective
story with all the clues given; it is a psychological study of a man,
showing of the effects of his committing a crime.  Surely this scene is
there to give information to the audience - that Macbeth's original
single murder has escalated into tyranny - rather than to simply be part
of an advancing plot.  Though Macbeth's behaviour at the banquet is
fairly revealing that something is rotten in the state of Scotland and
it wouldn't take much effort to put two and two together.

However, I do believe that there are scenes missing - it is very short
compared to the other tragedies - but I think that they are in the
development of Macduff, who appears for the first time half way through
the play, which is pretty unusual for so important a character.
 

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