Southampton, United Kingdom
Lady Macbeth In Stratford Out Damned Spot
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The Bancroft was originally an area of land where the townspeople grazed their animals, and the Canal Basin formed the terminus of the Stratford-to-Birmingham canal, completed in 1816. The Gardens also occupy the site of former canal wharves, warehouses, and a second canal basin, which was built in 1826 and refilled in 1902
Bancroft Gardens were extensively re-developed during 2009 - 2010 with new planting, new flower beds, a new bridge and viewing platform over the lock that forms the entrance to the canal basin.
Now Bancroft Gardens are the home of the Gower Memorial.
The Gower Memorial was presented to the town of Stratford in 1888 by Lord Ronald Sutherland Gower.
The statue features William Shakespeare seated on a pedestal, surrounded at ground level by figures of four literary characters featured in a selection of his plays.
Prince Hal, Lady Macbeth, Hamlet and Falstaff were intended to be emblematic of Shakespeare's creative versatility: representing Philosophy, Tragedy, History, and Comedy. Lady Macbeth represents Tragedy.
This likeness of Lady MacBeth washing her hands is one of several Shakesperian characters that stand at the foot of the Shakespeare Memorial
Macbeth is a play written by William Shakespeare. It is considered one of his darkest and most powerful tragedies. Set in Scotland, the play dramatizes the corroding psychological and political effects produced when its protagonist, the Scottish lord Macbeth, chooses evil as the way to fulfill his ambition for power.
Macbeth is Shakespeare�s shortest tragedy It tells the story of a brave Scottish general named Macbeth who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the throne for himself.
While King Duncan is asleep, Macbeth stabs him and is so shaken that Lady Macbeth has to take charge. In accordance with her plan, she frames Duncan's sleeping servants for the murder by placing bloody daggers on them.
Lady Macbeth becomes racked with guilt from the crimes she and her husband have committed
Lady Macbeth's doctor observes the queen sleepwalking, seemingly washing her hands, shouting in her sleep, "Out, damned spot!"
February 10th, 2013
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