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MACBETH: lecture oneThe Portkeeper of Hell’s GateTalking about equivocationSuggests that the one knocking is the equivocator that can’t equivocate his way into hellContemporary resonances of the plot ofMacbeth:Banquo's descendants and King James I's succession to the English throne(4.1) Macbeth visits witchesGets lots of double-edged prophesiesMacbeth responds to seeing the eight kings that are the offspring of BanquoKings of Scotland stretching out for centuriesThe last (8th) ghost holds a mirror with two “orbs”Orbs signify the coronationKing James was crowned king of both England & ScotlandJames I's own writings on witchcraft and on the nature of royal authorityThe play’s use of equivocation“The Gunpowder Plot” (April 5th)A plot to blow up ParliamentJames’s very personal experience of violent royal deaths, the 1605 Gunpowder Plot, Father Garnetand theTreatise of EquivocationFather Garnet wroteTreatise of EquivocationThe symmetrical design of Macbeth-and the image-patterns which structure the play:Macbeth acquires his first titleHalfway through the show he is holding a banquet that is supposed to legitimize his rule askingHis seat is usurped by Banquo’s ghost-blood, blood and blood ("What bloody man is this?" "Who would have thought the old man tohave had so much blood in him?"; the significance of the apparition of the bloody child)Main colors are red, black, & redShakespeare’s gothic play“What bloody man is this?”Macbeth is already a murderer, but it is in legitimate battle

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