The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1527 Monday, 30 August 1999.
Date: Sunday, 29 Aug 1999 21:42:35 EDT
Subject: The Scottish Tragedy
I have two new questions regarding the play Macbeth that I am hoping
someone can help me with:
#1 - In Act I;vii, Lady Macbeth states, "I have given suck", referring
to the fact that she has given birth and has breast fed, but in Act
IV;iii, Macduff states after the slaughter of his family, "He has no
children" and he is referring to Macbeth. Did Macbeth have any children
or has Shakespeare made an error here?
#2 - In Act I;iv, Duncan names Malcolm the Prince of Cumberland; this
would allow him to be next in line for the Scottish throne. When
Malcolm escapes to England in Act II;iv, "I'll to England", Macbeth then
becomes the next in line for the throne. Did the Thane of Cawdor have
this power or is Macbeth really a cousin of Duncan as Duncan states in
Act I;ii "O valiant cousin, worthy gentleman!"?
Thank-you in advance