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The Bible in Shakespeare$
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Hannibal Hamlin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199677610

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677610.001.0001

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The Great Doom's Image: Macbeth and Apocalypse

The Great Doom's Image: Macbeth and Apocalypse

(p.271) 7 The Great Doom's Image: Macbeth and Apocalypse
The Bible in Shakespeare

Hannibal Hamlin

Oxford University Press

Apocalyptic language pervades many of Shakespeare's plays, but none more than Macbeth. Allusions to the Book of Revelation and to apocalyptic passages in the Prophets and the Crucifixion narrative situate the play in the context of the end of the world that many Jacobeans expected imminently. Shakespeare intensifies the horror of Macbeth by means of biblical allusion, but he also calls into question naive millennial expectation, offering a world view that has more to do with the exhausted nihilism of Ecclesiastes than the fulfilment of Revelation

Keywords:   shakespeare, macbeth, apocalypse, revelation, crucifixion, ecclesiastes, time

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