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5.2.+Macbeth+2+copy-1 - Your children shall be kings...

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“Your children shall be kings” Jacobean Shakespeare: Macbeth , Lecture 2
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Macbeth’s Context: Banquo and scotland Banquo, ancestor of James I, was an 11th Century Thane when Macbeth Ruled Scotland. His “ children shall be kings ” = King James I of England and Scotland. SCOTTISH SUBJECT: A corrupt Scottish Kingdom during the time of Edward the Confessor; saved in part by English forces.
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P. 51: 2.1.25 Macbeth Meets Banquo BANQUO: All's well.- I dreamt last night of the three Weïrd Sisters. To you they have show'd some truth.
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P. 23: 1.3.127 After meeting the witches MACBETH : [ aside to BANQUO ] Do you not hope your children shall be kings, When those that gave the thane of Cawdor to me Promised no less to them? BANQUO [ aside to MACBETH ]: That, trusted home, Might yet enkindle you unto the crown, Besides the thane of Cawdor. But 'tis strange: And oftentimes, to win us to our harm, The instruments of darkness tell us
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P. 25: 1.3.167ff After meeting the witches MACBETH : Kind gentlemen, your pains Are register'd where every day I turn The leaf to read them. Let us toward the King. [ aside to BANQUO ] Think upon what hath chanced; and, at more time, The interim having weigh'd it, let us speak Our free hearts each to other. BANQUO [ aside to MACBETH ]: Very gladly .
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JaMes I and Witchcraft Reginald Scot, The Discovery of Witchcraft (1584) Argues that witchcraft and magic are superstitious and even unchristian beliefs, held by the ignorant. James I (VI of Scotland), News from Scotland (1592) Reports experience with witches who tried to undermine his kingship; made him a potential victim.
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James I, Daemonology (1597), p. 145: “The instruments of darkness” In [the witches’] actions used towards others three things ought to be considered: first, the manner of their consulting thereupon; next, their part as instruments ; and last, their master’s part. “These instruments of Satan …“ (p. 148)
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James I, Daemonology (1597), p. 144 These witches … being enticed either for the desire of revenge or of worldly riches, their whole practices are either to hurt men and their goods or what they possess, for satisfying of their cruel minds in the former, or else by the wrack in whatsoever sort of any whom God will permit them to have power of , to satisfy their greedy desire.
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MOVING BACK TO THE OPENING OF ACT 2: Pp. 49-51: 2.1.25 Macbeth Meets Banquo BANQUO , with Fleance: A heavy summons lies like lead upon me, And yet I would not sleep:- merciful powers, Restrain in me the cursed thoughts that nature Gives way to in repose! - Give me my sword.- [ enter MACBETH … p. 51 ]
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p. 51, 2.1.27ff Macbeth meets Banquo
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This note was uploaded on 11/12/2011 for the course ENGLISH 350:323 taught by Professor Fulton during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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