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The Macbeth Home
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1074  Monday, 22 May 2000.

From:           Skip Nicholson <
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Date:           Saturday, 20 May 2000 23:43:42 -0700
Subject:        The Macbeth Home

A colleague has stumped me by asking,

"When and why does Macbeth leave Inverness and go to Dunsinane? Is it
because the former has a 'pleasant seat' and the latter is a fortress?"

I've looked everywhere I can think and found nothing, so I turn to this
group. If you have no answer, I shall denounce the question as
immaterial to any trenchant understanding of the work. Or some such
excuse.

Macbeth is the hereditary Thane of Glamis, but Glamis is a long trot
from Inverness. Where'd he get the Inverness place? Castle Cawdor might
fit the need, but the Macbeths have just been given it and couldn't have
had time to redecorate and "make it theirs." And in what castle is Act 5
supposed to take place? One on "high Dunsinane Hill"?

For any relief you can give, much thanks.

Cheers,
Skip Nicholson
South Pasadena (CA) HS

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