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"Done" in Macbeth
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0357  Thursday, 2 July 2009

[1] From:   Aaron Azlant <
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     Date:   Wednesday, 1 Jul 2009 16:59:20 -0400
     Subj:   Re: SHK 20.0349 "Done" in Macbeth

[2] From:   William Godshalk <
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     Date:   Wednesday, 1 Jul 2009 21:50:59 -0400
     Subj:   RE: SHK 20.0349 "Done" in Macbeth

[3] From:   Gregory Foran <
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     Date:   Wednesday, 1 Jul 2009 21:17:04 -0500
     Subj:   Re: SHK 20.0349 "Done" in Macbeth


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From:       Aaron Azlant <
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Date:       Wednesday, 1 Jul 2009 16:59:20 -0400
Subject: 20.0349 "Done" in Macbeth
Comment:    Re: SHK 20.0349 "Done" in Macbeth

Again an off-topic remark, and again a citation of Booth, but in /King 
Lear, Macbeth, Indefintion and Tragedy/ he discusses "done" as 1. a 
linguistic motif that has an echo both in many images of 
blackness/darkness in the play (i.e. "dun") and perhaps in the name of 
King Duncan as well; and as 2. an ideological motif of conclusion and 
inconclusiveness that runs throughout the play. The play opens on a 
conversation that appears to be concluding, for instance, and promises a 
regrouping "when the hurlyburly's done" (also consider here the 
extraneous rhyming echo that the Third Witch inserts just after with 
"That will be ere the set of sun.") The play also concludes, 
appropriately enough, without resolving an important future conflict: 
Malcolm is king, but it is Banquo's children that are supposed to 
inherit the throne.

  -- Aaron

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From:       William Godshalk <
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Date:       Wednesday, 1 Jul 2009 21:50:59 -0400
Subject: 20.0349 "Done" in Macbeth
Comment:    RE: SHK 20.0349 "Done" in Macbeth

In the next four lines, Macbeth explains what he means by "done." To be 
truly "done," the consequence must be trammel up after Duncan is done in.

Bill

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From:       Gregory Foran <
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Date:       Wednesday, 1 Jul 2009 21:17:04 -0500
Subject: 20.0349 "Done" in Macbeth
Comment:    Re: SHK 20.0349 "Done" in Macbeth

Molly Mahood has a fine discussion of 'done' in the Macbeth chapter of 
_Shakespeare's Wordplay_. Most of the relevant pages are visible on 
Google books. Start with p. 136.

Yours,
Greg Foran
University of Texas at Austin

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