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Macbeth Characters
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0088  Monday, 17 January 2005

From:           John Reed <
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Date:           Saturday, 15 Jan 2005 03:24:54 +0000
Subject:        Re: Macbeth Characters

K. Dent wrote:

"They also describe two schools of thought about doubling - the one that
regards it as predominantly for practical purposes and the other that
has proposed
'conceptual doubling', where the audience's awareness of doubling would
be used to make connections between the roles doubled."

That looks like an interesting book: 75 dollars this time.  Makes it a
problem.  I'm not sure I'm getting across my point, though.  To me
doubling means one actor performs more than one role in a single
play-the audience is either fooled, or suspends disbelief, or,
apparently, may use its knowledge of actor actively as an element of the
story.  Interesting idea.  But in any case the audience can still
distinguish different characters even if the actor is the same.

What I'm claiming is more along the lines of homologizing, as is done
with the various terms for Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet.  There are
Lady, Mother, Wife, and so on.  All one character.  I say these are all
one character:

Porter (of 2.3) equals one of the attendants mentioned in the Stage
Direction for 3.1, equals Servant (of 3.1) equals Servant (of 3.2).
And: equals 3 (Third Murderer)(of 3.3), equals one of the attendants in
the Stage Direction for 3.4, equals one of the Murderers in 4.2., equals
Seyton of Act 5.

What sayest thou?

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