Faith, here’s an equivocator that could swear in both the scales against either scale, who committed treason enough for God’s sake, yet could not equivocate to heaven. O, come in, equivocator.
Today we discussed the theme of ‘Equivocation’ in more depth – specifically as it relates to the play regarding the deceitful, duplicitous, and treacherous events that have been occurring. Remember “Outside appearances conceal the evil within”. I asked you for some examples from the play and we brainstormed a number of instances with corresponding line #s. Be sure to document the Act and Scene for each of these so that your notes are complete. We also talked briefly today about iambic pentameter (used for the higher class, educated, wealthy citizens), prose (used for the common folk, uneducated, lower class), and trochaic tetrameter (used for the witches – often supernatural characters).
Do you remember who the porter is referring to in the quotation at the top of this post? Reply with your response and why this person is historically significant in terms of this play. What other instances of equivocation do you recall or have come across? Post them in the reply area below.