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Macbeth Characters
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0197  Monday, 31 January 2005

[1]     From:   Ruth Ross <
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        Date:   Friday, 28 Jan 2005 16:18:55 -0500
        Subj:   RE: SHK 16.0183 Macbeth Characters

[2]     From:   Mary Todd <
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        Date:   Monday, 31 Jan 2005 09:36:34 -0500
        Subj:   correction accepted


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From:           Ruth Ross <
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Date:           Friday, 28 Jan 2005 16:18:55 -0500
Subject: 16.0183 Macbeth Characters
Comment:        RE: SHK 16.0183 Macbeth Characters

I agree with Matthew Baynham about the murderers. Macbeth has consigned
his soul to Hell by killing Duncan and the two guards; now he coerces
and lies to two desperate men to commit his murders, thus sending them
directly to Hell. It's not just Banquo who dies; these two have also
been done in by Macbeth. In the Polanski film, the two are led down a
hallway and murdered themselves.

Ruth Ross

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From:           Mary Todd <
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Date:           Monday, 31 Jan 2005 09:36:34 -0500
Subject:        correction accepted

I am glad Matthew Baynham urged the correction of my poor choice of the
word thugs to describe the two murderers.  They do the work of thugs,
but I agree with Mr. Baynham that they are important symbols of the
desperate poor, a category of people who become easy prey for the
unscrupulous power mongers who can and often do exploit their misery.
That lesson is one I try to impress on students in the independent
school where I teach.  Ideally, we should care about the men and the
causes of their problems.  Ours is not, of course, an ideal or even the
best-of-all-possible worlds.  We would do well to address the needs of
men like these, not only for their good but for the good of the society.
  Wouldn't it be lovely if there were no people so "weary with
disasters, tugged with fortune" that they would be willing to "set
[their] life on any chance/To mend it or be rid on 't"?

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