A Lady Macbeth for the modern age

Dalrymple says that

with a little rewriting, plays such as Macbeth that reinforce sex stereotypes of violence could help to destroy them.

It would involve

reversing the roles of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, so that Lady Macbeth returns from the wars to her househusband Macbeth, who encourages her to seek power.

The three witches

would become three wizards, and on meeting them Lady Macbeth would exclaim, ‘How now, you secret, white, and midday lads!’ instead of ‘How now, you secret, black, and midnight hags!’

Lady Macbeth

would tell Macbeth (who by now would have had a uterus transplant) to bring forth girl children only, instead of Macbeth telling Lady Macbeth to bring forth men children only.

It would be easy, Dalrymple believes,

to work out the rest of the details of the necessary changes. Children in school, particularly in Scotland, could be obliged to learn the new version.

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