Monthly Archives: June 2013

“I am in blood/Stepp’d in so far that, should I wade no more,/Returning were as tedious as go o’er.”

Macbeth Act Three By Dennis Abrams —————————- Act Three:  Although Banquo has doubts about his friend Macbeth’s role in recent events, he agrees to celebrate the coronation at a banquet. But Macbeth wants Banquo dead, and arranges for assassins to … Continue reading

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“Is this a dagger which I see before me,/The handle toward my hand?”

Macbeth Act Two, Part Two By Dennis Abrams  ———————– I hope you’re all enjoying Macbeth as much as I am.  Having read as much Shakespeare as I’ve done (and as you’ve done) over the last year and a half, I … Continue reading

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“Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood/Clean from my hand?”

Macbeth Act Two, Part One By Dennis Abrams ———————————– Act Two:  As Macbeth moves towards Duncan’s chamber, his resolve falters as he comes across Banquo and then is troubled by strange hallucinations. Nonetheless, as Lady Macbeth waits and Duncan’s drugged … Continue reading

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“I would, while it was smiling in my face,/Have plucked my nipple from its boneless gums/And dashed the brains out, had I so sworn/As you have done to this.”

Macbeth Act One, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ———————— It would be fascinating to know what James I – or any of his contemporaries for that matter – made of the other strong female character in the play – the … Continue reading

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“When shall we three meet again?/In thunder, lightning, or in rain?/When the hurly-burly’s done,/When the battle’s lost, and won.”

Macbeth Act One, Part One By Dennis Abrams ————— MAIN CHARACTERS King Duncan of Scotland Malcolm, Duncan’s elder son Donalbain, Duncan’s younger son A Captain in Duncan’s army Macbeth, Thane of Glamis Lady Macbeth, Macbeth’s wife Porter at Macbeth’s castle … Continue reading

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” The triumph of ‘Macbeth’ is the construction of a world, and nothing like it has ever been constructed in twenty-one hundred lines.”

Macbeth An Introduction By Dennis Abrams ——————————– It’s Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy.  And his darkest.  But more than 400 years after it was written, it still retains its ability to shock.  “The Scottish Play,” as it is superstitiously known in the … Continue reading

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“Thou blind fool, Love, what dost thou to mine eyes,/That they behold, and see not what they see? “

Shakespeare Sonnet #137 SONNET 137 Thou blind fool, Love, what dost thou to mine eyes, That they behold, and see not what they see? They know what beauty is, see where it lies, Yet what the best is take the … Continue reading

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