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Re: Macbeth Allusion
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0533  Thursday, 25 March 1999.

[1]     From:   Tim Perfect <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 24 Mar 1999 08:14:05 -0800 (PST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0521 Macbeth: Response and Query

[2]     From:   Chyrel Remmers <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 24 Mar 1999 11:46:53 -0600 (CST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0521 Macbeth: Response and Query


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From:           Tim Perfect <
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Date:           Wednesday, 24 Mar 1999 08:14:05 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 10.0521 Macbeth: Response and Query
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0521 Macbeth: Response and Query

From:  Alicia Shank

>After Macbeth kills Duncan, he says as his wife hides
>the daggers:
>
>Is Macbeth merely expressing horror at his deed, or
>is he making an allusion to the Biblical, "If your
>eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it away"?

Or another interpretation, is he mirroring the legend of Oedipus,
plucking out his eyes, therefore the blood?  Also, mirroring the horror
at the acts that both had committed?

Just a thought, whenever I hear of eyes being plucked out, Oedipus comes
to mind, which might have had an immediate connection to the audience.
Shakespeare also had other characters who were blinded (Gloucester).

Tim Perfect
Cleveland Shakespeare Festival
http://www.cleveshakes.org

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From:           Chyrel Remmers <
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Date:           Wednesday, 24 Mar 1999 11:46:53 -0600 (CST)
Subject: 10.0521 Macbeth: Response and Query
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0521 Macbeth: Response and Query

I've wondered if "pluck out my eyes" was an allustion to Oedipus?

Chyrel Remmers, Library/English Instructor
Chambers Public School
 

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