Birnam Wood Has Come to Dunsinane...
"You're Fired."

I graduated from Mt. Lebanon High School over fifty-five years ago.  The one thing that I hated the most while in high school was memorizing poetry and prose in my English classes.  Back then, over a half century ago, I saw no value having to stand in front of an English teacher before or after school and reciting a couple hundred lines each year. 

That being said, it is the one thing that I remember learning while in high school.  Not a day goes by that I don't quote several lines in conversations with friends or in essays that I write.  It absolutely amazes me that, what I detested so much back then, I embrace at this end of my life.  Additionally, I still can quote verbatim many parts of what I memorized while in high school.  As I went to bed last night, I was quoting lines from two parts of Macbeth.

The first was a short three-line quote from the third apparition.

Macbeth shall never vanquish'd be until
Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane hill
Shall come against him.

This prophesy Macbeth took as reassurance that he was safe from being defeated by his opponent.  The apparition's prophesy was that Birnam Wood couldn't move 38-miles to where his castle was at Dunsinane.


I took this photo while is Scotland several years ago.  That tree, with limbs being held up with stilts, would have been growing during the time when Shakespeare wrote Macbeth.  Macbeth's opponent merely cut small branches from trees and attached them to their helmets as camouflage.  Indeed, Birnam Wood did come to Dunsinane, and Macbeth was defeated. 



While that was an interesting history lesson, what is its relevance today?  Birnam Wood, in today's world, is the list of women that claim that the Donald abused them, the Access Hollywood tape about grabbing women, and dissing women on their looks or weight.  Things that were far away like Birnam Wood was to Macbeth came to the Donald and helped defeat his effort to remain king of his hill.

This is another quote that rang in my ears as I went to sleep last night. 

Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
Signifying nothing.


This is Macbeth's tale told by an idiot, which signifies nothing.

This is the Donald.  It is his telling his tale, told by an idiot, and it too signified nothing.


Signifying nothing

As with other things that the Donald has said, this one comes back to haunt him.  "You're fired."  


And how does that feel having been the apprentice?

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