School lectures on the Electra of Sophocles and Macbeth

Paperback | February 1, 2012

byArthur Herman Gilkes

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880. Excerpt: ... LECTUEE II. The scene of the play of 'Macbeth' is chiefly laid in Scotland, under these circumstances. Duncan is the king of Scotland, king of an unsettled country, with fierce and rude subjects. Of these one, Mac-r donald, had rebelled, supplied with soldiers by Ireland and the west of Scotland, and had taken prisoner Malcolm, a son of the king. And at the same time the Norwegians had attacked IHfe, making such a raid upon it as we often read of in early English history. With these enemies the thane of Cawdor, a great Scottish noble, had a secret understanding. Such a state of affairs caused great alarm to the king. He sent his armies into the field, commanded by Macbeth and Banquo, and at the time the play opens was anxiously waiting for tidings from them. One more remark must be made before we begin. It seems strange, amid this sober history, to be introduced at once to beings like the witches. We are tempted at first to explain them as allegorical of some passions, or as the result of a conscious exercise of Shakespeare's fancy. But, I think, this is not the right way of looking at them. We must remember that in Shakespeare's time the line between the natural and the supernatural had not been clearly drawn. So much constantly happened that men could not account for, that they were not prepared to reject any miracle as impossible. Therefore the belief in the existence of witchcraft was almost universal at these times; and these witches with their wonders are to be accepted as they are described, as real beings, who, with powers greater than man's, could influence human life, but did not live in man's world, though they crossed it often, making horrible charms to do it hurt. Act I. Scene I.--The stage is darkened and silent, and across the front there m...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880. Excerpt: ... LECTUEE II. The scene of the play of 'Macbeth' is chiefly laid in Scotland, under these circumstances. Duncan is the king of S...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:38 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.08 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217044646

ISBN - 13:9780217044646

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