InMacbeth actIII, scene 6: Why is Lennox cautious in his speech; what, if anything, is a criticism of Macbeth?William Shakespeare’s Macbeth

InMacbeth actIII, scene 6: Why is Lennox cautious in his speech; what, if anything, is a criticism of Macbeth?William Shakespeare’s Macbeth

InMacbeth actIII, scene 6: Why is Lennox cautious in his speech; what, if anything, is a criticism of Macbeth?William Shakespeare’s Macbeth

InMacbeth actIII, scene 6: Why is Lennox cautious in his speech; what, if anything, is a criticism of Macbeth?William Shakespeare’s Macbeth

In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Act 3.6, Lennox may be being politically careful in his speech.  He says nothing that could cause him to end up like the murdered people he mentions–Duncan and Banquo–or the person he suggests is now in danger–Macduff–due to his absense from the “tyrant’s” feast.  The key to understanding Lennox’s true feelings in the speech is “tyrant.”  Lennox considers Macbeth a tyrant.  It is hard to hear that and then still conclude that Lennox really believes Malcolm and Donaldbain killed their father, and, even more unlikely, that Fleance killed Banquo.It is much more likely that Lennox is using sarcasm, if the speech is performed with a sarcastic tone of voice, or at least irony, if the tone of voice is not sarcastic.Shakespeare often wrote ambiguously, leaving the words of a character to be interpreted by directors and actors.  This is probably one of those instances.  One thing is relatively certain, though:  Lennox is questioning the theory that the deaths he mentions were the result of sons killing their fathers.
InMacbeth actIII, scene 6: Why is Lennox cautious in his speech; what, if anything, is a criticism of Macbeth?William Shakespeare’s Macbeth
InMacbeth actIII, scene 6: Why is Lennox cautious in his speech; what, if anything, is a criticism of Macbeth?William Shakespeare’s Macbeth
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InMacbeth actIII, scene 6: Why is Lennox cautious in his speech; what, if anything, is a criticism of Macbeth?William Shakespeare’s Macbeth
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