Macbeth And The Future Contingency Of Future Persons By Luke Wilson

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In the journal article “Macbeth and the Future Contingency of Future Persons” by Luke Wilson, the author claims that Shakespeare’s plays are usually deeply invested in the reproductive futurism; 33 out of 37 plays are based on the future seen through the figure of the child that is particularly the heir of the father or mother, but Wilson claims that William Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, is told as an early modern anti-natalist point of view which is “a philosophical position that assigns a negative value to birth” (Marsh). In the article, Wilson exemplifies the view Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have about their future, and if or not they have an heir or heirs to take over the thrown and if they did have an heir Lady Macbeth would do whatever it takes to keep Macbeth on his thrown even kill her unborn child. He also mentions the word “heir” a lot and how it is used and spelled in different ways. I agree with Wilson that Shakespeare’s play Macbeth is told as more of an anti-natalist view, unlike his other plays, and is extremely useful because it provides insight on the difficult problem future of heirs throughout the play Macbeth, but I think he should have mentioned the state of mind Macbeth and Lady Macbeth had when saying and making the decisions they made. Wilson starts off with saying “an heir is a peculiar sort of person” (Wilson 2). Heirs do not come into existence until the person they are taking over for is dead, no one is an heir to a living person. Heirs are the

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