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In this fourth Approaching Shakespeare lecture the question is one of agency: who or what makes happen the things that happen in Macbeth?
Emma Smith says: "The tragedy of Macbeth (1606) is my favourite play, and I think that is in large part because of its densely poetic language, but also because it is so insistently questioning. The particular question I'm focusing on here is the question of agency: who or what makes the things that happen, happen - using contemporary sources, film, theatre, and criticism to try to understand the force of the play's debate between internal and external compulsions."
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