Critical Notes on Macbeth

Topics: Macbeth, Future, Control Pages: 2 (522 words) Published: February 23, 2006
× sleep: most vulnerable, innocent and yet prone to nightmare and hidden desires and fears; the dark, unconscious, unknown, uncontrolled and yet necessary realm of experience × struggle between conscious and unconscious; controlled and uncontrolled behavior × equivocation--the porter; fair is foul; confusion; dreams equivocate; ghosts; witches; prophcies; bubbles in the earth; equivocation of the fiend 43 × tyranny and tyrannicide...problem of evil; integrity, saving faith; mistrust--Noriega, Cieaucescu × nature, kindness, growth, fertility, chain of generations, love, beauty vs. unnatural, monstruousity × as much of heaven as of hell--anti atheism V.i. 41: "What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our pow'r to accompt." didacticism; contra tamburlaine and mach.; cf. Faustus × extremes of sanctity and unholiness; dantesque; manifestation of god's order in world × Closeness to PL: Witches as serpent; AE in Garden; temptation, evil, guilt; Man and Women; milton planned tyrannicide story × rashness and hesitation; contrast to Hamlet

× doubling: Macduff and Macbeth; two ladies; Banquo and Duncan; × blood and blood--spilling of blood; bloodiness of the play and importance of blood as the continuity dynasty × Cleanth Brooks
× apply New Crit--study of metaphysical use of metaphor-- to Sh. × analysis of clothing imagery in one specific line--"daggers unmannnerly breech'd with gore--and throughout the play × very concentrated and apparently incoherent metaphor that opens when unpacked, (esp. p. 210-11) × symbol of babe--most powerful [prospero, lear, HIV]

× issue of fertility; growth; potential and future lineage; seed of Banquo--cf. babe Elizabeth in HVIII= tomorrow and tomorrow; the issue of futures; this is what M. learns is futile; his struggle doesn't give him tomorrow × contrast HV's future; Macbeth not looking to the long term and neither is Henry × Macbeth is trying to conquer the future--"war with the future"; found a dynasty; this is why he...
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