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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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“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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“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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