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Unnatural Medicine for an Unnatural Malady

by Joshua H. Liberatore In the “sleepwalking scene” of Macbeth (V.1), Shakespeare reveals through vivid dramatic flourish the decaying mental condition of Lady Macbeth, who by now recognizes that washing away her murderous sins is not as simple as she … Continue reading

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Gertrude’s Self-Mate

by Joshua H. Liberatore “The Queen carouses to thy fortune, Hamlet!” cries Gertrude as she puts the poisoned cup to her lips and ends her own life. Her last act is one of both defiance and morbid resignation, a paradox … Continue reading

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