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  • October 19 2012 | by Dena Hunt

    Well done, Kevin. (from one who taught this play for countless years to high school seniors.)
  • October 21 2012 | by Colin Jory

    Kevin's interesting and apt thoughts on Macbeth triggered a couple of thoughts. Natural Law suppositions are indeed fundamental to Shakespeare's framework of judgment in the play, which shows through the examples of Macbeth and his charming wife how, naturally, one bad deed begets another, and how evil-doing destroys inner psychological order. Another thought is that if Lady Macbeth lived today she would certainly be a leading abortion feminist and anti-family activist, perhaps even U.S. Vice-President or the president of Planned Parenthood.

    I once read that five senses of "natural" are invoked in King Lear. One is Darwinian: when bad-guy Edmund says, "Thou, Nature, art my goddess / To thy laws my services are bound" he is representing the law of tooth and claw as the "natural" way of things. However, when Lear denounces his treacherous daughters as "unnatural hags" he is invoking Aristotelian/Thomistic Natural Law, which assumes that in the very nature of human beings and human society are God-implanted laws of right behaviour, accessible to right reason and to reason-attuned right intuition. The other three senses escape my immediate recollection.