Holy Trinity and villainous multiplicity in the Christian shape of Macbeth

Baynham, Matthew Fred (2000). Holy Trinity and villainous multiplicity in the Christian shape of Macbeth. University of Birmingham. M.Phil.

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This thesis recapitulates the significance of number symbolism in Macbeth as outlined by A.L. Johnson and T. McAlindon and the significance of Christian imagery as outlined especially by R.M. Frye, Roy Walker and Glynne Wickham. It suggests that the three good kings in Macbeth are conceived as one of the play's trinities, with a level of allusion to the Christian Holy Trinity. Secondly, the thesis identifies linguistic and metrical similarities between allusions to biblical villains, suggesting a more coherent pattern of such allusions than is usually suggested. Allusions (several not original) are suggested to the biblical narratives of Adam, Cain and Abel, Judas Iscariot, Pontius Pilate, King Saul, Herod the Great, Herod Antipas and Lucifer. Incidentally, new sources are suggested for Lady Macbeth's sleepwalking, Macbeth's 'naked babe' soliloquy, and the death of Young Siward. Finally, the thesis attempts to bring these insights into relationship with more recent general criticism of Macbeth.

Type of Work: Thesis (Masters by Research > M.Phil.)
Award Type: Masters by Research > M.Phil.
College/Faculty: Schools (1998 to 2008) > School of Humanities
School or Department: School of English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies, Department of English Literature
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/4464


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