The Murder of Macbeth

It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing

Photo by Birmingham Museums Trust on Unsplash

“She should have died hereafter. There would have been a time for such a word.” becomes — “She would have died later anyway. That news was bound to come someday.”

“And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death.” is rendered as — “And every day that’s already happened has taken fools that much closer to their deaths” while “Creeps in this petty pace from day to day” is translated as “The days creep slowly along until the end of time.”

“Hamlet can privately deliver one of the greatest speeches of all time. Seriously, guys, you have to see this one. (with a link to a YouTube video of the speech.) What’s the question? “To be, or not to be.” In other words, is it better to go on living in this world or to, well…not? Hamlet compares death to sleep, which wouldn’t be so bad, except that there’s no way to know what kind of dreams we might have when we’re dead. Of course, we’d escape a lot by being dead, like being spurned in love, except that maybe it’s better to put up with the bad things you know about in life than to run off into death’s “undiscovered country.” Anyone else get chills? Hamlet then spots Ophelia reading her religious book, and closes his speech by saying he hopes she’ll pray for him.”

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Adrian Arnold

Retired veterinary surgeon now a collector of trivia. Married to a wonderful wife, four children and four grandchildren. Author of A Veterinary Life on Amazon.