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“It is a tale/Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,/Signifying nothing.”

Macbeth Act Five, Part Three By Dennis Abrams ———————————– To conclude Stephen Booth’s look at Macbeth from King Lear, Macbeth, Indefinition, and Tragedy:  “I said earlier that an audience to Macbeth cannot keep itself within the category dictated by its own … Continue reading

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‘Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow/Creeps in this petty pace from day to day/To the last syllable of recorded time…”

Macbeth Act Five, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ———————————— The world is still deceived with ornament. In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt, But, being seasoned with a gracious voice, Obscures the show of evil? The Merchant of Venice, … Continue reading

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“Out, damned spot; out, I say. . . . Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?”

Macbeth Act Five, Part One By Dennis Abrams —————————————— Act Five:  Back in Scotland, Lady Macbeth has been sleepwalking and raving about the various murders.  By the time Malcolm’s forces are marching on to Dunsinane, carrying branches from Birnam Wood … Continue reading

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“Double, double toil and trouble,/Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.”

Macbeth Act Four, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ——————————————– Why is Macbeth seemingly cursed?  Why do people in (and out) of the theater refer to it as “The Scottish Play?” It is, perhaps, inevitable that a tragedy that lends witchcraft … Continue reading

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“By the pricking of my thumbs,/Something wicked this way comes: –“

Macbeth Act Four, Part One By Dennis Abrams ———————– Act Four:  Desperate for information about the future, Macbeth visits the Witches.  He is warned about Macduff but also told that “none of woman born/Shall harm Macbeth.” Hearing that Macduff has … Continue reading

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“Things without all remedy / Should be without regard – what’s done is done.”

Macbeth Act Three, Part Three By Dennis Abrams —————————————————- A friend of mine recently recommended I read Stephen Booth’s King Lear, Macbeth, Indefinition and Tragedy.  And while Booth is, in some ways, more academic than I usually care for (or … Continue reading

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“It will have blood, they say; blood will have blood.”

Macbeth Act Three, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ——————————- I can’t tell you how much I’m enjoying this reading of Macbeth:  Bloom is right, in its directness and speed, with not a single unnecessary line, it’s a remarkable experience. One … Continue reading

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