The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0303 Monday, 14 February 2000.
Date: Saturday, 12 Feb 2000 10:47:24 -0800
Subject: 11.0298 Knock Knock
Comment: RE: SHK 11.0298 Knock Knock
Forgive me for the incoherent posting about the Macbeth questions. I
"cut" but failed to "paste" my colleague's two questions about the play
into my message... Here's what I meant to send:
A colleague has asked two questions about Macbeth, and after quickly
answering no to both, I paused to realize that I don't really know. Do
"The first: Is Macbeth the origination of the Knock Knock joke (porter's
scene in Act 2)? And does the name of Macbeth's servant, Seyton, allude
to Satan himself? Is the idea that Macbeth has stooped so low that the
devil serves him? Or am I way off base? Thanks for any help."
Related to those questions come a couple others: Is Seyton or the Seyton
family name historical? Do most now see the Porter as Shakespearean? The
Arden 2 cites some doubt.
Thanks for any help with this.
With apologetic cheers,
South Pasadena (CA) HS