The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0250 Monday, 7 February 2000.
From: Paul Swanson <
Date: Friday, 04 Feb 2000 10:43:24 -0500
Subject: 11.0203 Lady Macbeth's Death
Comment: Re: SHK 11.0203 Lady Macbeth's Death
Nora Kreimer responded to the following post regarding suicide in
>>I think that Macbeth for a time considers suicide when he say "Why
>>should I play the Roman fool and die by my own hand..."
Later, she asked:
>Could we debate the issue of Lady Macbeth's alleged suicide? I have some
>mixed feelings concerning her death. Thanks.
No one responded to this post-including me, and I must plead guilty to
forgetfulness, as I meant to respond several days ago-and I was
intrigued by it. Are the "mixed feelings" you refer to suspicions that
Lady Macbeth did not, in fact, take her own life? Is there a textual
basis for suspecting a death other than suicide? I'm really interested
in Nora's thoughts, if she would like to elaborate