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Macbeth, the Symbol of Modernity
Journal Title: PARADIGMI 
Author/s: Elio Franzini 
Year:  2015 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  11 Pg. 143-153 FullText PDF:  52 KB
DOI:  10.3280/PARA2015-001010
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In Macbeth, Shakespeare introduces a supernatural dimension that purposively conspires against Macbeth and his kingdom. On the level of human evil, Shakespeare’s Scottish tragedy is about Macbeth’s bloody rise to power, including the murder of the Scottish king, Duncan, and the guilt-ridden pathology of evil deeds generating still more evil deeds. Here Shakespeare marks the birth of a new conception of power and kingship. Evil will be a stronger and more influential actor in drama. This diabolic division is the sign of an era which is characterized socially by the loss of certainty, and the realization that certainty can never be established, once and for all. In this direction it is perhaps possible to interpret Macbeth’s drama as an attempt to establish a new symbolic order, specific to the modern era.
Keywords: Dissociation, Evil, Modern Era, Power, Supernatural Dimension, Symbol.

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Elio Franzini, Macbeth, the Symbol of Modernity in "PARADIGMI" 1/2015, pp. 143-153, DOI:10.3280/PARA2015-001010


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