The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.2248 Monday, 20 December 1999.
Date: Saturday, 18 Dec 1999 19:02:19 -0500
Subject: 3rd Murderer in Macbeth
I recently wrote an exam where I had to deal with the 3rd murderer in
Macbeth a bit. I'm just wondering what the going theory is on his/her
identity. I recognize that a lot of it is just a dramatic technique and
that the third murderer doesn't really need to have an identity, but I
thought that a lot of information provided in the earlier, and later
scene suggested that Shakespeare was leading towards someone in
particular. To me he seemed to be leaning towards the supernatural.
Perhaps one of the witches, or Hecate. I guess I'm just looking for
similar or different readings of the scene, and would appreciate any
input you could provide.