Category Archives: Lady Macbeth

Life is far too short

Dalrymple writes:

The life of Man being but three score years and ten, nothing on earth would induce me to read Hillary Clinton’s memoir of her electoral defeat.

If he had two millennia rather than only two years to go, he would not read it. In fact, he says,

no memoir by any modern politician would tempt me to read it, since the main characteristic of such politicians is mediocrity tempered by unbridled ambition and lust for power. Better to reread Macbeth. Hillary Clinton, after all, is Lady Macbeth to Bill Clinton’s Felix Krull, the confidence trickster.

Lady Macbeth

Such is the force, writes Dalrymple, of Shakespeare’s human genius, that his characters often seem more real to us, and occupy our imaginations more fully, than do many of our acquaintances

If one calls Mrs Clinton Lady Macbeth, writes Dalrymple, little remains to be said. Everyone knows what one means. Such is the force of Shakespeare’s human genius that his characters often seem more real to us, and occupy our imaginations more fully, than do many of our acquaintances.