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Macbeth: Response and Query
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0521  Wednesday, 23 March 1999.

[1]     From:   Sean Lawrence <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 23 Mar 1999 12:56:48 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0513 Re: Macbeth

[2]     From:   Alicia Shank <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 24 Mar 1999 00:14:28 -0600
        Subj:   Q: Biblical Allusions in Macbeth


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From:           Sean Lawrence <
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Date:           Tuesday, 23 Mar 1999 12:56:48 -0800
Subject: 10.0513 Re: Macbeth
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0513 Re: Macbeth

Larry Weiss observes that he finds

>it interesting to contrast Macbeth's regicide with
>Claudius's, for whom the elimination of King Hamlet was the end all and
>the be all, until, of course, he was forced by a quite understandable
>instinct for self-preservation to attempt one further assurance.
>Claudius, unlike Macbeth, is not essentially tyrannical.

Perhaps Claudius illustrates the tendency of those who unlawfully rise
to power to inevitably become tyrants. His career seems to illustrate
Macbeth's "I am steep'd in blood so far, that would I wade no more,
returning were as tedious as go o'er." I'm quoting from memory, but I
believe that Richard III says something similar, as well.

Cheers,
Se

 

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