Mastering the Master; or, Five Weeks in a Wooden O

The newest series on Literary Profferings shall consist of discussions of or essays on each of Shakespeare’s plays; that is, those in the accepted canon (First Folio plays &c).  The order of these shall be tragical, comical, historical, pastoral … I mean tragedies, comedies, and then histories.


A drum! A drum! Macbeth doth come!

The paradox inherent in the situation, as the prophecies of Macbeth’s own actions drawing him on to perform these actions, begs one to find the intended catalyst of the play.  That is to say, did the Bard intend to imply that fate drives us?  I instantly discard this theory (please disregard my pedantic voice here), as you can see Macbeth see-sawing back and forth as he makes his (bad) decisions.

Dusty determinism debates aside, Macbeth is really a frightening play.  The three weird sisters, the murders piling up; I have found that even Titus Andronicus is less overpowering.

The ambiguous ending, where Fleance doesn’t become king (nor is this anywhere explained) is quite irritating, though if you look it up (I tried Wikipedia), you see that it was a reference to King James’ bloodlines; hence the “king” bit.

It’s certainly well worth the watching, of course, and what I recommend is having a look on Amazon’s website to see which DVD version looks best to you; or asking the librarian for help.  Then I would try getting the version of your choice through inter-library loan if your library doesn’t have it— and if you like it, then buy it.  Cheaper that way…

And, if you want to read it, there was no free Kindle version last time I looked; however, used-book bookstores should have a cheap copy if you don’t mind wear and tear.



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