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Re: Lady Macbeth's Murder
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0092  Tuesday, 16 January 2001

From:           Pat Dolan <
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Date:           Monday, 15 Jan 2001 13:07:49 -0600
Subject: 12.0079 Re: Lady Macbeth's Murder
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0079 Re: Lady Macbeth's Murder

It seems to me that one of the differences between then and now is that
Jacobean England had a well developed discourse of treason that linked
it with desperation, which allowed traitors to take their own lives or
heretics to remain steadfast in heterodoxy even as they burned. My sense
is that suicide today (except for Muslim bombers) has been pretty
thoroughly relocated in the realm of the therapeutic.

If you want to enhance Lady Macbeth's evil, have her commit suicide out
of traitorous despair. If you want to enhance King MacBeth's
degeneration...

Cheers,
Patrick
 

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