Macbeth Critical Quotes.

G Wilson Knight’s view about doubt in the play (world of doubt). G Wilson Knight: “All the persons are in doubt, baffled”.
Sigmund Freud’s view that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are two parts of the same person. (Gothic protagonist & identity). Freud: They are “like disunited parts of a single psychical individuality.” Ludwig Jekels agrees.
Cedric Watt’s views about ‘strange place’ within the play. (Strange place). Cedric Watts: “Such imagery of darkness, the eerie and the uncanny, and of nature being disrupted and perverted helps to make Macbeth one of the most potently atmospheric of plays”
Marilyn French’s view about gender in the play. (Gender). Marilyn French: The play is a victory of masculine over feminine, with Lady Macduff and Macbeth dead, it becomes “a totally masculine world”.
LC Knights’ view that Macbeth’s evil comes from his ambition and greed. (Good .vs. Evil). LC Knights: “Macbeth defines a particular kind of evil- the evil that results from a lust of power.”
Bradley’s view that the witches might simply be women. (The uncanny). Bradley: “There is not a syllable in ‘Macbeth’ to imply that [the witches] are nothing but women”.
Wiatt Ropp’s belief that Macbeth is nothing more than a tyrant. Wiatt Ropp: ‘Macbeth is revealed as little more than a petty tyrant’
Isador H. Coriat’s belief that Lady Macbeth is not a subject of fate, but of a mental illness. Isador H. Coriat: “She is not the victim of a blind fate or destiny or punished by a moral law, but affected by a mental disease.”

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