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By William Shakespeare

ISBN-10: 0791095940

ISBN-13: 9780791095942

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Thence home; the coach being forced to go round by London Wall home, because of the bonefires; the day being mightily observed in the City. To my office late at business, and then home to supper, and to bed. [December 28, 1666] To the Duke’s house, and there saw Mackbeth most excellently acted, and a most excellent play for variety. [January 7, 1667] . . thence to the Duke’s house and saw Macbeth; which though I saw it lately, yet appears a most excellent play in all respects, but especially in divertisement, though it be a deep tragedy; which is a strange perfection in a tragedy, it being most proper here and suitable.

Macbeth presides over a chaotic world that guests must escape in order to save their lives; his realm provides no safe haven. By the reign of King James I in the early seventeenth century, hospitality had acquired a more secular and political agenda: namely, to preserve the privileges 30 Macbeth of the noble and royal class. The rules of hospitality in the banquet hall, for example, promote public and private interests. Each party to the banquet receives something in the arrangement. For the guests, the benefit was sumptuous food and entertainment.

Lady Macb: Duncan is dead Macb: No words of that. Lady Macb: And yet to me he lives. His fatal ghost is now my shadow, and pursues me Where e’er I go. Macb: It cannot be, my dear; Your fears have misinformed my eyes. ] Lady Macb: See there! Believe your own! [To the Ghost] Why do you follow me? I did not do it. Macb: Methinks there’s nothing. Lady Macb: If you have valor, force him hence! ] Hold, hold, he’s gone. Now you look strangely. Macb: ’Tis the strange error of your eyes. 46 Macbeth Lady Macb: But the strange error of my eyes Proceeds from the strange action of your hands.

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