Dang’d spot

For today’s Daily Create, we had to do cowboy Shakespeare:

My better half suggested using Lady Macbeth’s famous quote. So I googled it and put it in the generator:

old west speakApparently some language doesn’t translate well into old west lingo. So, I just recorded the first part of the quote:

The last part of the quote caught my attention though. I recently watch High Plains Drifter, which featured a similar quote:

The theme of guilt features prominently in both stories, although the speaker in this case feels no guilt at all. The film is set in the town of Lago, where the residents bear the collective guilt of having the town marshal murdered as they watched. The blood on their hands ends up covering the entire town. The story was inspired by the Kitty Genovese tragedy in NYC and transplanted into a High Noon setting. It shares supernatural overtones and the theme of greed with Macbeth. The eerie music in High Plains Drifter seems better suited for a horror/suspense film, signaling that it is not an ordinary Western. The Drifter appears in the desert, like a mirage, disappearing the same way at the end, and in between he exhibits a knowledge of the townspeople, their weaknesses and motivations that goes beyond what one could expect of a random stranger. It is left open to the viewer to interpret the character. In the original treatment, he was supposed to be the brother of the murdered man, but in the final edit he is ambiguous enough to be a spirit of vengeance, if not exactly an avenging angel. I feel like I should rewatch Macbeth to look for more parallels. I may be reading more into it than is actually there.

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2 Responses to Dang’d spot

  1. Good discussion spun off an odd wheel! Your wife and I share a love of the la Belle Dame Sans Merci, Lady MacB. I was glad to have your synopsis of High Plains Drifter for the paranormal element. However, other than the three witches setting an eerie mood, I don’t think there is a parallel “haint” (haunt) in MacBeth. Certainly the MOOD of a Spirit of Revenge is present, and as you know, in that play, revenge is a knife with no handle.
    Thanks–I enjoyed your musings!

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