n Shakespeare in Southern Africa - Macbeth : "The great doom's image"
|Article Title||Macbeth : "The great doom's image"|
|© Publisher:||Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA)|
|Journal||Shakespeare in Southern Africa|
|Affiliations||1 Rhodes University|
|Publication Date||Jan 2014|
|Pages||75 - 107|
This lecture employs the old-fashioned technique of studying a group or cluster of images in order to arrive at a better understanding of the work. Macbeth has proved a particularly happy hunting ground for image chasers; this exercise differs from most others in attempting to show how a number of images, mainly in the first two acts and particularly in Act 1 Scene 7 and Act 2 scenes 1-6, recreate and then draw force from a sequence of quite specific events in the Christian 'myth' - rather in the manner that Joyce's Ulysses exploits the Odyssey. Previous critics have detected in certain scenes references to particular incidents in that myth (such as the Porter's parody of the Harrowing of Hell) and allusions to the general resurrection, as well as to the day of Judgement.
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