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Macbeth

by William Shakespeare

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    Hamlet by William Shakespeare (Pattty)
    Pattty: Si te gustó Hamlet seguro te gustará Macbeth, que es una historia buena y mucho más "macabra"
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    Richard III [Norton Critical Edition] by William Shakespeare (kara.shamy)
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    Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett (Tallulah_Rose)
    Tallulah_Rose: "Wyrd Sisters" is a parody of "Macbeth", so everyone who enjoyed "Macbeth" might also like "Wyrd Sisters". On the other hand it's essential to have read "Macbeth" before reading "Wyrd Sisters".
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    King Lear by William Shakespeare (kara.shamy)
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    The Witch by Thomas Middleton (aethercowboy)
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    Balladyna by Juliusz Słowacki (sirparsifal)
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I got in a massive reading slump as I was into the 3rd act of this wonderful and short tragedy, so it took me a bit more to finish the book. The last 2 acts are packed with action and emotions and the characters are iconic to say the least: Lady Macbeth, the epitome of the power-hungry, manipulative and seemingly emotionless woman, she's the victim of her own humanity, her husband Macbeth whose mortal enemies are his doubtfulness and his mania for control, proof that misunderstanding or underestimating something can be truly fatal. Macduff and his pain are masterfully crafted and we can appreciate his weakness when he's with Malcolm and doesn't hide his feelings of despair and his strength when he faces Macbeth, the cause of his grief. It wasn't the easiest or quickest read I have done, but most definitely worth it. The intro by Cedric Watts is a nice addition as well. ( )
  Aimapotis | Dec 30, 2017 |
Lady MacBeth has lots of ambition, but--alas--her husband is a block of wood. How is the wife of a Scottish nobleman expected to get ahead? This play about the original "power couple" illustrates how ambition goes all wrong for the MacBeths, and the ghostly revenge wreaked upon them. The ponderous Scottish titles and lines of succession hamper the immediacy of the drama, but the supernatural events and tortured soliloquies are unforgettable.

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  LaurelPoe | Dec 25, 2017 |
What can I say about the Scottish Play that hasn't already been said? How about this: I played Banquo back in college, when we performed the play as an urban street fighting drama, and I remember how immersive Shakespeare's world was, how I seemed to live and breathe (and dream) this weird violent tragic place, so full of beautiful songs to madness. ( )
  MichaelBarsa | Dec 17, 2017 |
Shakespeare can sometimes be intimidating if you aren't a) a English Lit major (or a former one); b) 500 years old; or c) accustomed to speaking in iambic pentameter. I'm none of the above, but love his language, imagery, and stories. This particular edition, featuring Nicholas Brooke's annotations, is the best edition of any Shakespeare I've read. His annotations are informative, but unobtrusive. He explains language that is obscure today, notes the double meanings that would have been commonly known in Shakespeare's time, and creates a context for the story and play. ( )
  Scott_Hercher | Nov 25, 2017 |
Loved the poetic language of this book. Macbeth is selfish in his quest for power and ambition. His corruptness is evident through all the murders he plots. He rules as a tyrant instead of a king. This book is a classic Shakespearean tragedy that ends with Macbeth on a spiral downwards from the crimes he committed. He becomes a victim of his own guilty conscience. ( )
  elisabethshim | Nov 8, 2017 |
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Shakespeare, Williamprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Andrews, John F.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Barnet, SylvanEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bate, JonathanEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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When shall we three meet again
In thunder, lightning, or in rain?
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Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.
By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes.
Out, damned spot! out, I say!
Yet do I fear thy nature;

It is too full o' the milk of human kindness.
The attempt and not the deed
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Macbeth è uno dei picchi dell’immensa creatività di Shakespeare. Scozia, XI secolo. Istigato da apparizioni soprannaturali e da una moglie ambiziosa, il barone Macbeth uccide re Duncan e s’invischia in una catena di delitti fino a prendere coscienza della vanità del mondo e della diabolica insidiosità delle profezie. Con l’aiuto delle truppe inglesi, la nobiltà lealista, guidata da Macduff, uccide l’usurpatore ristabilendo l’ordine. Shakespeare condensa diciassette anni di storia in un tempo apparente di poche settimane, porta in scena coscienze logorate dal Male, dà vita a personaggi immortali, come quello di Lady Macbeth, miscela di cupidigia, odio, follia. Da questa tragedia Verdi trasse un’opera memorabile e il cinema, grazie a Welles (1948), Kurosawa (1957), Polanski (1971), e ora Branagh (2013) e Justin Kurzel (2015), non ha mai smesso di esplorarne le potenzialità poetiche.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743477103, Mass Market Paperback)

Each edition includes:

• Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play

• Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play

• Scene-by-scene plot summaries

• A key to famous lines and phrases

• An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language

• An essay by an outstanding scholar providing a modern perspective on the play

• Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books

Essay by Susan Snyder

The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit www.folger.edu.

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Offers explanatory notes on pages facing the text of the play, as well as an introduction to Shakespeare's language, life, and theater.

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Penguin Australia

3 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0451526775, 0140714782, 0141013699

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Editions: 1909676977, 1909676969

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Editions: 1456100017, 1449877478, 1470332027

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