Subject Re: Marxist Criticism Applications
Posted by Grace Wen
Posted on Mon Mar 27 22:08:55 2000
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In Reply to Marxist Criticism Applications

Responding to Ethanˇ¦s third question, I think Jamesian interpretation is easier to be revealed in the play, Macbeth. As Jamesian reading suggests, Macbeth could hardly be allowed to be triumph. Of the themes which run throughout, the kingship theme links closely with that of justice and natural order, for those are qualities for which the virtuous king stands. If Macbeth can follow the rules after he gains the crown, this play might be triumph. Macbeth covets the power and respect that accompanies kingship, and he desires it for his heir, hence the force of the apparition which shows him a line of ˇ§gold-bound browsˇ¨, descended from Banguo. Yet when he gains the crown, except his power, which he uses destructively. He becomes not a king, but a tyrant.
Unlike Bolingbroke in Richard II, Macbeth has no political or moral excuse for his deed. All of nature revolts against him. By killing the king, who presides over earthly order, Macbeth sets off a chain reaction that unleashes anarchy in heaven and on earth. Macbeth is doomed to be a failure, I think.

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