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Equivocation in 1606

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Near North Side, Downtown/Loop
60 W Walton St
Btwn N Clark & N Dearborn Streets
Chicago, Illinois 60610
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 14
Teacher: James Shapiro

What you'll learn in this history lesson:

When Shakespeare first used the word “equivocation” in Hamlet it was in the neutral sense of “ambiguous.” Seven years later he would make much of this word in Macbeth (whose protagonist complains of the ‘equivocation of the fiend /That lies like truth”). By then the word “equivocation” was understood to mean something duplicitous, a device by which Catholics in particular could justify lying under oath. 

This talk traces the strange history of this resonant word, examining how this sea-change in meaning came about in the wake of the Gunpowder Plot and discovery of a “Treatise of Equivocation.” The talk focuses in particular on Shakespeare’s complex handling of “equivocation,” and how his use of the word in Macbeth spoke powerfully to this fraught cultural moment.

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