Theatre Macbeth Discussion

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11:12:39 AM Feb 24th 2014
I've pulled these "averted" tropes. We don't usually list aversions. See Averted Trope.
  • Infant Immortality: Averted. Macbeth's slaughter of Macduff's family shocks even Lady Macbeth.
  • A Man Is Not a Virgin: Averted. Malcolm pretends to be irredeemably debauched, which drives MacDuff to despair. When Malcolm reveals that this was just a test and he's really a virgin, MacDuff (and presumably the audience?) is relieved.
06:31:12 PM Jun 19th 2013
Why is this play referred to as "Mac Beth"? It seems to be called as such in several links, as well as the title. In English, the King is called "Macbeth" as he is throughout the text and title of the play. There should be no space between mac and beth, and only one capital letter.
03:01:05 AM Jun 20th 2013
The page title is either Macbeth or Macbeth depending on the exact formatting of the link which led here. For me at the moment, it shows up with only one capital letter. If you see a link as Mac Beth, do correct it.
10:41:09 AM Oct 28th 2012
I've noticed a few factual errors about the play. Macdonowald was not the Thane of Cawdor (Ungrateful Bastard), and King James was said to be descended from Banquo(hence the witches prophecy), not Duncan(Written By The Winners)
01:43:57 PM Oct 21st 2013
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With regard to Written by the Winners: James I considered Banquo and Fleance his ancestors; the mirror the last king in Banquo's line is holding during the prophecy of the witches in Act IV is said to reflect 'those of the line who became kings in other lands'. The play is implying that one of the lines descended from Banquo was the House of Stuart. Shakespeare is making a shrewd political move. Shakespeare is illustrating the supposed legitimacy of the House of Stuart while simultaneously decrying the brutality and grasping for power that lies ultimately at the heart of the story.

And yes, Macbeth was Thane of Cawdor, but only after being granted the title by Duncan after defeating Macdonowald (the previous Thane of Cawdor) when the latter tried to rebel against Duncan. Lady Macbeth was upset that Duncan granted her husband the lesser title rather than name him heir to the throne, which is what kicked off the plot to start with.
04:50:53 PM May 10th 2011
The last two sentences in the introductory text don't make sense, maybe someone could clear them up?
04:21:25 PM Apr 29th 2011
I've seen conflicting arguments on the pronunciation of "Seyton". It's either "SEE-tun" or "Satan", depending on whom you ask.