Arguably the darkest of all Shakespeare's plays, Macbeth is also one of the most challenging. Is it a work of nihilistic despair, "a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing", or is it a cautionary tale warning of the dangers of Machiavellianism and relativism? Does it lead to hell and hopelessness, or does it point to a light beyond the darkness? This critical edition of Shakespeare's classic psychological drama contains essays by some of today s leading critics, exploring Macbeth as a morality play, as a history play with contemporary relevance, and as a drama that shows a vision of evil and that grapples with the problem of free will.
Let's set the scene...
Rory is telling Lane how she has the pleasure of hosting Louise, Madeline and the ever-joyous Paris to work on a school project.
Lane: All three of them huh?
Rory: Double, double toil and trouble.
Lane: Well, it should make for an interesting afternoon.
Rory: With the pricking of my thumb, something wicked this way comes.
Lane: You’re doing very well in the Shakespeare class aren’t you?
Rory: Not bad.
What can you even say about one of the most iconic stories of all time? Everything that I could say has been said (and dissected and analyzed and dissected and analyzed) before. I read Macbeth in high school. And although I remember "out damned spot" and the three witches, the strength of women in this play did not strike me until this particular reading. Maybe it's because I'm older and know the joys of working just as hard to get paid less because I'm not in possession of a penis. And hell, I live in a country that is relatively women-friendly! So I think it was through time and experience that this reading ofMacbeth brought me a true understanding of the sheer importance of the role females played in this... play (that's an awkward sentence). The women operate the puppet strings. Whether it be Lady Macbeth emasculating Macbeth into doing her bidding (which... eh, yeah- so what that it was their eventual undoing). Or the three witches that are the narrators and final arbiters of the fates of all of the male characters. Women have significant power in this story and that is definitely refreshing to see (especially knowing that Lady Macbeth and the witches were most likely originally played by penis-bearers anyway).
Who do I see reading this in the Stars Hollow gazebo?
I don't think I even have to explain why.