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Re: Lady Macbeth's Murder
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0079  Monday, 15 January 2001

From:           David Evett <
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Date:           Friday, 12 Jan 2001 15:48:23 -0500
Subject: 12.0056 Re: Lady Macbeth's Murder
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0056 Re: Lady Macbeth's Murder

The image of Lady Macbeth's body-in fact, mostly of her feet and
skirt-left lying in the street where she has presumptively jumped to her
death, while Macbeth's remaining supporters flee, is one of the most
striking and moving in Polanski's film of the play.  It has always
seemed to me the entirely logical and even predictable terminus for the
classically retributive arc of her career, after she has proved on her
pulses the essential hollowness of "the golden round."  For Bible
readers it is enriched and informed by the account of the death of
another apparently remorseless woman who has urged her kingly husband to
ever-increasing excesses of power-though Jezebel remains steadfast in
her will to wickedness and is thrown down into the court (2 Kings
9.30-35).

David Evett
 

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