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Re: Macduff
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0257  Wednesday, 30 January 2002

From:           W. L. Godshalk <
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Date:           Tuesday, 29 Jan 2002 14:44:50 -0500
Subject: 13.0222 Macduff
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0222 Macduff

>Auden in his Lectures on Shakespeare suggests that "Some material must
>have dropped out of  the text involving Macduff's uncertainty as to
>which side he would be on." and then asks, "Considering Macbeth's (sic)
>character why does he act in this completely crazy way ?" Does anyone
>have an answer to this question?

asks Ed Kranz.

I think it calls Macduff's sterling character into questions. Why does
he leave his family behind? He must know that, if Macbeth behaves
rationally, he will hold the family as hostages for Macduff's good
behavior.

Yours, Bill Godshalk

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