Archive for July 22nd, 2007

Light thickens

Ellen Terry by Sargent 

My students hate Lady Macbeth.

I’m grading midterms, and bluebook after bluebook characterizes Macbeth as a basically decent, not particularly ambitious guy who lets his evil wife persuade him to murder Duncan.  I don’t believe that in every case this argument is being made by people who didn’t read much past Act 2, but I’m starting to wonder.