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Re: Does Goneril Commit Suicide?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2613  Friday, 16 November 2001

From:           W. L. Godshalk <
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Date:           Thursday, 15 Nov 2001 11:20:42 -0500
Subject: 12.2599 Re: Does Goneril Commit Suicide?
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2599 Re: Does Goneril Commit Suicide?

Bonnie Melchior writes,

>If we do not assume that a text includes important
>information on motive and character, it becomes a Rorschach inkblot that
>means anything we want it to mean.  Character, then, would not
>structured by information in the text, and it might well be important
>how many children had Lady Macbeth.

Well, Rorschach blots do not mean anything we want them to.  They mean
what we think they mean -- the same as a script or a show.  I might
"want" Macbeth to be a play about Christian salvation, but I "think" it
means something far different.  Do you take my distinction?

I think that character is structured by the auditor or reader, as he or
she selects information from the script or the show.  And I think the
question of Lady Macbeth's motherhood -- some auditors or readers may
think that it is implied in the script -- may be important to such a
character construct.

Yours, Bill Godshalk

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