Macbeth | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Janet Adelman

This literature criticism consists of approximately 44 pages of analysis & critique of Macbeth.
This section contains 13,121 words
(approx. 44 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Janet Adelman

Critical Essay by Janet Adelman

SOURCE: “‘Born of Woman’: Fantasies of Maternal Power in Macbeth,” in Cannibals, Witches, and Divorce: Estranging the Renaissance, edited by Marjorie Garber, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1987, pp. 90-121.

In the following essay, originally presented in 1985, Adelman suggests that Macbeth represents a powerful fantasy of escape from an absolute and destructive maternal power.

In the last moments of any production of Macbeth, as Macbeth feels himself increasingly hemmed in by enemies, the stage will resonate hauntingly with variants of his repeated question, “What’s he / That was not born of woman?” (5.7.2-3; for variants, see 5.3.4, 6; 5.7.11, 13; 5.8.13, 31).1 Repeated seven times, Macbeth's allusion to the witches' prophecy—“none of woman born / Shall harm Macbeth” (4.1.80-81)—becomes virtually a talisman to ward off danger; even after he has...

(read more)

This section contains 13,121 words
(approx. 44 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Janet Adelman