The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0210 Saturday, 4 May 2013
Date: April 27, 2013 3:06:18 PM EDT
Subject: Isherwood’s MACBETH
To Charles Isherwood, the text of Macbeth depicts Duncan as the “generous, responsible antithesis of the ruler that Macbeth will become.”
But is this the whole story?
“These hangman’s hands” of Macbeth: they are the hanged man’s hands of Cawdor. In reaping Cawdor, then sowing Macbeth in his place, Duncan has sealed his own doom. ‘Farmer’ Duncan has “hang’d himself.” In this bloody land of Fair-is-foul, instructor Duncan has “overcharg’d” his cannon Macbeth’s soul with “double cracks” and dies from the blowback.