William Shakespeare | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by James L. O'Rourke

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Critical Essay by James L. O'Rourke

SOURCE: O'Rourke, James L. “The Subversive Metaphysics of Macbeth.Shakespeare Studies 21 (1993): 213-27.

In the following essay, O'Rourke examines the conflict between divine omniscience and human free will in Macbeth and suggests that Shakespeare's drama ironically subverts both of these concepts.

The persistence of the providential reading of Macbeth may be the best evidence for the continuing influence of A. C. Bradley on Shakespeare studies. Based on the introductions to Macbeth in standard classroom editions,1 Bradley's blend of metaphysical idealism and psychological realism which presents Macbeth as a drama about the purgation of the evil embodied in the figure of a murderer and the consequent restoration of a political and providential order is still the most common reading of the play presented to American students. This echoing of...

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