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Macbeth Witches
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0472  Wednesday, 28 February 2001

From:           Andrew W. White <
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Date:           Tuesday, 27 Feb 2001 21:22:59 -0500
Subject:        Macbeth Witches

A colleague has asked a couple good questions, that I thought I would
forward just in case he doesn't subscribe to SHAKSPER.  This might
generate some good discussion here, but feel free to "cc" Dr. Pizzato as
well.

>Does anyone know a good analysis of the second witches scene in Macbeth,
>about the "sailor's wife" with "chestnuts in her lap" and her husband whom
>the First Witch says she will "drain ... dry as hay" and curse as "a man
>forbid"?
>
>Also, Frank Kermode in the Riverside Shakespeare says that the Hecate scene
>(3.5) is "spurious," written by someone else, perhaps by Middleton.  Is
>there more recent research on this scene or the role of Hecate (ancient
>Greek mother goddess) in this play?
>
>Mark Pizzato, PhD
>Dept. of Dance and Theatre
>Univ. of North Carolina at Charlotte
>Charlotte, NC 28223
>Phone: (704) 687-4488
>FAX: 704-687-3795
>
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