21 January 2012 - An Endgame is the Initiative of the Ending

posted 21st Jan 2012, 4:59 AM

21 January 2012 - An Endgame is the Initiative of the Ending
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21st Jan 2012, 4:59 AM

Lich_Barrister

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It's not terribly clear here - it's rarely made clear effectively without a thump or some cutaway or what have you - but Lady M's gone 'round the bend fully and committed suicide. It's kind of a cheat, I still figure - you've one of the great, strong, terrifying, crafty female characters in Act One, and she progressively weakens throughout the play. Yes, she and Mackers have to suffer tragically, but I still don't quite buy it. What can you do? The rest of the play (excepting the Hecate stuff) is so stellar that it's hard to have this demerit count for much.

And you get the monologue coming up here, too...

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21st Jan 2012, 7:53 AM

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I keep missing the Friday strip, I had to back up one to that published strip in order to read it! :D

That being said, this is coming along nicely! ;)

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21st Jan 2012, 11:11 AM

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I see where you're coming from re. LAdy M, but I've always viewed it as she and Macbeth going in opposite directions throughout the course of the play.

In the beginning it is she that makes a weak and unsure Macbeth kill Duncan. Then there's the business fo Banquoe and Macbeth going a bit potty at the banquet, and again it Lady M who tell him to pull himself together. And he does, but as he becomes more ruthless and cocksure, so she starts to lose it and and go bonkers.

Eh, hope that's clear, it's abeen a loooong time since GCSE Eng. Lit.!

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21st Jan 2012, 4:50 PM

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@BV- Thank you! I'm especially happy with tomorrow's results...

@Louise - It's a solid, proper interpretation there. Intellectually, even literarily, I can buy that... but emotionally it's lacking for me for what I've said already. In retrospect, enough emphasis has to be put on her note in Act II scene ii that she couldn't kill Duncan because his sleeping form resembled her late father - it is here where she suddenly loses her demonic nature. (That duty lies with the actor and the director... so this is partly my fault?) The only quibble with this is is that she's still very capable, and often more clear-headed and capable than Mackers at many points through Acts II and III.

Get me a thousand words on this by Friday. We'll take up "Pride and Prejudice" on Monday, chapters one through six. Whibley, this time expect your own thoughts, not your mother's on this topic. Good day, all.

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21st Jan 2012, 8:44 PM

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Homework?! In a webcomic comment???? Geez, even the internet is getting tough! Still, if I even have one of a thousand words by Friday, hopefully it'll be a choice one! ;)

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21st Jan 2012, 11:18 PM

Lich_Barrister

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I don't know how you think you'll get into Internet University with that attitude. Shape up! ;)

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