So, the first read-through of Macbeth is in the books…
Bottom-line: I’m loving this play. I thought I remembered it as being as quick and relentless as an early Mike Tyson fight. Memory served me well here. It’s a brutal play, a weird one, one ripe for discussion (and production, though as we’ve seen, that scares some).
Saw some interesting things in scansion that I want to investigate. I’m seeing some themes popping up throughout: dualities and doubles, the concept of being a man (and consequently of being a woman), the role of fate, the supernatural.
Plus, there’s some fascinating things from a historical perspective (both Shakespearean history and the history in the play, to borrow a phrase from the This Week in Shakespeare podcast).
Anything you guys want to investigate? Let me know in the comments below!