October 31, 2021

Trigger Warning on MacBeth

This from Willis Eschenbach

Looks like soibois and woke snowflakes are winning in the UK

British Theatre Adds Trigger Warnings to Shakespeare's MacBeth

Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at 09:17 AM | Comments (10) | Add Comment
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1 Smoking cigarettes? They didn't exist in Macbeth's time, or Shakespeare's either. Pipes, yes.

If they wanted to attach a meaningful warning to the production, they might have said that "Shakespeare presents a fanciful idea of Macbeth, who was an effective king and reined for many years, successfully. There was no historical McDuff." I know this from a family history compiled by a cousin of mine, and Macbeth is one of our forebears. So's King Kenneth McAlpine, but as I've read elsewhere, just about anybody with Scots blood can claim the king as an ancestor. Apparently, he was busy at night.

Posted by: Dana Mathewson at October 31, 2021 09:09 PM (usxcn)

2 Yes, by all historical accounts MacBeth was a very effective king.

No doubt Shakespeare took great liberties with him.

You're related? Cool! But don't expect me to call you "Your Majesty"...

Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at November 01, 2021 07:00 AM (meiyr)

3 Oh, darn... I had hopes.

More history is that King Duncan was weak, ineffective and corrupt. Lady Macbeth's offing him was part of a political feud; kind of a Scottish version of Arkancide. Not a nice thing to do, but she actually did the country a favor.

You have to fast-forward to the present to find the three witches; actually we have more than three: The Squad, Pelosi, Feinstein.

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Posted by: FH at November 02, 2021 07:06 AM (bW5Ok)

5 Politics used to be cut-throat - literally. We live in a strange time where it is only words hurled (except with the Clintons.) It's not surprising Lady MacBeth killed old King Duncan. It was par for the course.

Uneasy lies the head that bears the crown.

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