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13 October 2010 @ 08:26 pm
every soul who plays this role risks injury or death!  
You guys. Is it just me, or is the whole "Macbeth is the story of an honorable man who is corrupted by power" line really weird? I mean, in my world, guys who decide they want to kill the king after the merest hint that they might become king by doing so, for no reason but "vaulting ambition"--not so much with the "honorable." Simply having not done anything evil yet is not the same thing as actually being honorable or good. And yet people seem to say this a lot about Macbeth. I am confused.

(I keep thinking of Nahum in Slings and Arrows: the idea that Macbeth only shows us evil; it doesn't teach us about it.)

Related, but not really: I...am actually not all that interested in the character of Macbeth. I'm way more interested in Banquo, Malcolm (seriously, what?), and Macduff. I feel like this tells you everything you could possibly need to know about me and tragedy.

I remain open, as always, to seeing a Macbeth that totally changes my mind.
tempestsarekind: too wise to woo peaceablytempestsarekind on October 14th, 2010 02:44 am (UTC)
I thought Midsummer was rather dismal, and I didn't quite click with Much Ado (though I know many people really liked it; I just had Personal Issues with the banter), but I rather liked Macbeth and Shrew. (As for the latter: it has Rufus Sewell. He is crazy. It also has Shirley Henderson. That's kind of all you need to know.)
the cold geniusangevin2 on October 14th, 2010 02:50 am (UTC)
I dunno, I am just sort of willing to forgive a great deal for the sake of Damian Lewis in leather pants. ;)

(Although Billie Piper as Hero was weird.)
tempestsarekind: ten has a secrettempestsarekind on October 14th, 2010 02:53 am (UTC)
Fair enough. :) I liked it; I just didn't love it.

And yes--although it was even weirder for me because by the time I got around to seeing it, the guy playing Claudio had also played Martha's (mostly invisible) fiance.