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" tis to love the babe that milks me : I would, while it was smiling in my face, Have pluck'd my nipple from his boneless gums, And dash'd the brains out, had I so sworn as you Have done to this. "
The Dramatic Works of Shakespeare - Page 278
by William Shakespeare - 1824 - 830 pages
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The Tragedy of Macbeth

William Shakespeare - Drama - 1998 - 249 pages
...more than what you were, you would Be so much more the man. Nor time nor place Did then adhere, and yet you would make both— They have made themselves,...me; I would, while it was smiling in my face, Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums And dashed the brains out, had I so sworn As you have done...
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Fashioning Femininity and English Renaissance Drama

Karen Newman, Owen Walker '33 Professor of Humanities Karen Newman - Drama - 1991 - 182 pages
...repudiates her womanhood.23 No image of inverted motherhood is more powerful than her speech at I, vii: I have given suck, and know How tender 'tis to love...brains out, had I so sworn as you Have done to this. (54-59) Harry Berger claims these lines witness not merely Lady Macbeth's perversion, but the pervasive...
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Ideological Approaches to Shakespeare: The Practice of Theory

Robert P. Merrix, Nicholas Ranson - Literary Criticism - 1992 - 289 pages
...more than what you were, you would Be so much more the man. Nor time nor place, Did then adhere, and yet you would make both: They have made themselves,...brains out, had I so sworn as you Have done to this We fail? But screw your courage to the sticking-place, And we'll not fail. (1.7.47-62) These lines...
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Suffocating Mothers: Fantasies of Maternal Origin in Shakespeare's Plays ...

Janet Adelman - Literary Criticism - 1992 - 379 pages
...expression in Shakespeare in the image through which Lady Macbeth secures her control over Macbeth: I have given suck, and know How tender 'tis to love...brains out, had I so sworn As you have done to this. (1.7.54-59) This image of murderously disrupted nurturance is the psychic equivalent of the witches'...
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Transitional Objects and Potential Spaces: Literary Uses of D.W ..., Page 4

Peter L. Rudnytsky - Psychology - 1993 - 315 pages
...daggers in men's smiles") or mothers or infants. Then there is Lady Macbeth's infamous contention: I have given suck, And know how tender 'tis to love...brains out, had I so sworn As you have done to this. (1-7-54-59) This catastrophic moment of violent disruption and death is also one of loving union and...
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O'Neill's Shakespeare

Normand Berlin - Performing Arts - 1993 - 268 pages
...nurturing womanhood by using the same powerful image in attempting to persuade Macbeth to kill Duncan: I have given suck, and know How tender 'tis to love...brains out, had I so sworn as you Have done to this. (1-7.54-59) For Shakespeare, a baby nursing at a mother's breast represents the most positive connection...
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Talking Back to Shakespeare

Martha Tuck Rozett - Drama - 1994 - 215 pages
...curse in ways that are comparable to the uses two modern film makers have made of Lady Macbeth's speech I have given suck, and know How tender 'tis to love...brains out, had I so sworn as you Have done to this. (1.7.54-59) Here, too, the maternal imagery is loaded with potential contemporary nuances. Akira Kurosawa's...
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Liberal Education and the Canon: Five Great Texts Speak to Contemporary ...

Laura Christian Ford - Canon (Literature) - 1994 - 293 pages
...questions his manhood and says that he does not have even the resolve that she, a woman, has: LADY MACBETH: I have given suck, and know How tender 'tis to love...pluck'd my nipple from his boneless gums, And dash'd his brains out, had I so sworn as you Have done to this. (1.7.54-59) In Titus Andronicus, as noted...
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Brightest Heaven of Invention: A Christian Guide to Six Shakespeare Plays

Peter J. Leithart - Drama - 1996 - 286 pages
...that she is more daring than he, and her violent language employs again the imagery of mother's milk: I have given suck, and know How tender 'tis to love...brains out, had I so sworn as you Have done to this. (1.7.54-59) Lady Macbeth's milk of human kindness has been turned, as she hoped, to gall. By her own...
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Shakespeare the Playwright: A Companion to the Complete Tragedies, Histories ...

Victor L. Cahn - Drama - 1996 - 865 pages
...vii, 46-47). Her last maneuver is to dramatize her own resolve, which she does in a startling manner: I have given suck, and know How tender 'tis to love...brains out. had I so sworn as you Have done to this. (I. vii, 54-59) These lines provoke the familiar question as to the existence of Lady Macbeth's children,...
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