The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0751 Thursday, 21 April 2005
Date: Wednesday, 20 Apr 2005 16:36:54 +0100
Subject: 16.0741 Macbeth Questions
Comment: RE: SHK 16.0741 Macbeth Questions
Arlene Schulmam offers an interesting gloss on Macbeth's lines, but I
wonder if "the swelling act" refers to tumescence? Bear in mind that
later the Porter refers to the effects of 'drink' on 'lechery': it makes
the imbiber 'stand to and 'not stand to.' The4 connection is between
Macbeth's 'hope': Lady Macbeth does ask him "Was the hope drunk wherein
you dressed yourself?" and his failure to achieve security. The
reference to 'the swelling act' (and the gender or engendering question
is important here)is proleptic and signifies a barren outcome. In fact
later in the play Macbeth refers to the 'barren' sceptre (how Lacanian
can we get here!) that the Weird Sisters have placed in his hand.
Just a thought.
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