The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0094 Tuesday, 18 January 2005
Date: Monday, 17 Jan 2005 11:28:41 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 16.0088 Macbeth Characters
Comment: Re: SHK 16.0088 Macbeth Characters
I cannot find where, but I read an interesting piece on this very
subject. Perhaps someone else can identify where.
The author used the various speech prefixes for the Countess in a scene
from the folio text of All's Well to examine whether the variant forms
might reflect changing perceptions of the character in the scene. If so,
the changes of prefix would present useful information to the director,
actor and reader that is obscured by homogenizing the prefixes.
I have seen three productions of King John. One conflated Hubert and the
First Citizen on the battlements in Act 2. The difference made by the
conflation had a profound effect on the play. Were these two figures
meant to be one character? The question impacts interpretation.
Or in your example, a porter who first appears out of nowhere in
response to the knocking means something different to the audience than
one who was seen earlier making short responses to the main characters.
This question seems to me to have a significant impact on our
understanding of Shakespeare's dramas and I look forward to reading
other's thoughts on this.
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