I have a high regard for truth and I talk plain.

Much of his "theory" is only of historical interest, but you might decidethat some of the "psychoanalytic" writings -- like this one -- are just common sense describedin unfamiliar terms.

Jane Lapotaire plays Macbeth in a 1983 production

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How does Lady Macbeth react to the letter from Macbeth?

In this era, Gaelic custom required that the successiongo via the male line, and that if an heir was notyet old enough to reign when the king died, the kingshipwent to whatever male adult was next in line.

The king shouts "Oh valiant cousin!

Kenneth MacAlpin's male line continued to King Malcolm II, who had at least two daughters but no sons,and he killed the last member of the male McAlpinline.


All teens knowthat severed headswere probably the first soccer balls.

Their son wasLulach the Simple (i.e., stupid;no, Lady Macbeth didn't brain him.) After Macbethkilled Gillacomgain, he took his widow Gruoch for his own wife,and raised Lulach astheir stepson.

There are MacBeth families in Scotland and Nova Scotia.

Here are some things to notice.The three witches remind English teachers of the three Fatesof Greek mythology and the three Norns of Norse mythology.

Macbeth was not named "Lady", but "Gruoch"(GROO-och).

If "lapped in proof"is a mistake for "brave Macduff" or "Lord Macduff",then the whole scene makes moresense, and Shakespeare introduces the conflict between the two menearly.

ThenDuncan managed to killhis rivals and seize the throne.

As soon as Macbeth thinks of murdering Duncan, he says to Banquo, "Let's talk about this confidentially."This happens again before the dagger scene.

I am very familiar with howhuman bodies decompose.

Thorfinn Sigurdsson is variouslycalled "Thorfinn I", "Thorfinn II", "Thorfinn Skull-Smasher","Thorfinn the Black", and "Thorfinn Raven-Feeder" (ravens eatdead meat, including human corpses).

Moments later, the bad guys break in and stab him to death.

After Banquo's murder by Macbeth's assassins,Fleance fled to North Wales,and married one Nesta / Mary, daughterof Gryffudth apLlewellyn, Prince of Wales.

Of course she would die soon afterwards.

According to Holinshed, Macbeth's parents wereSinel, Thane of Glamis (whose existence is otherwiseunattested) and a daughter of Malcolm IInamed Doada (again, modern genealogies mentionno such person.)

If you're here, you already know the plot of Macbeth, orcan find it from the links.