Macbeth | Critical Essay by Richard S. Ide

This literature criticism consists of approximately 33 pages of analysis & critique of Macbeth.
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Critical Essay by Richard S. Ide

SOURCE: Ide, Richard S. “The Theatre of the Mind: An Essay on Macbeth.ELH 42, no. 3 (fall 1975): 338-61.

In the following essay, Ide observes the seemingly divided structure of Macbeth as both the psychological tragedy of Macbeth and a symbolic/cosmological tragicomedy of good and evil—two perspectives that intersect in Duncan's murder and are integrated in Act V of the drama.

Certainly one of the most difficult problems facing the critic of Macbeth is its bipartite structure. The play appears to be two plays. The striking change in tone and perspective at the structural seam1 shifts emphasis away from the psychological tragedy to a symbolic pattern of retribution; the personal tragedy of crime and punishment is assimilated into a broader pattern of death and regeneration. For three acts the audience has thought with...

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