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Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Macbeth (1623)

by William Shakespeare

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This is a useful edition of the play with clear notes helping with the understanding. I guess this play is so well known that it would really be necessary now to do a Polanski with it in order to get away from the totally predictable, noen more so perhaps than the three witches’ chants.

How convincing is this portrait of a man going against his own intuition and logic to allow his ambition to lead him to kill his king? Putting aside the supernatural, I guess it’s all too realistic, especially when we see the influence of Lady Macbeth, a well drawn character from the way she manipulates her husband (equating his love for her with whether he will kill Duncan or not) to how she cannot live with what she has done. This adds an interesting contrast to Macbeth who continues to shed his inhibitions as he becomes more practised in his murderous acts.

Today I suspect many performances would cut out some of the supernatural, especially the undramatic bits like the king of England being able to miraculously cure people by laying his hands on them. There’s enough psychological realism in the play not to need the artificiality of the supernatural stretching the modern audience’s credulity.

I think the fact that I’ve read this play so many times but not really tired of it suggests how substantial it is, its theme of ‘vaulting ambition’ being quite timeless. ( )
  evening | Jul 24, 2014 |
Read during Fall 2001
  amyem58 | Jul 11, 2014 |
Affirmed by the witches' prophecy, Macbeth attempts to ascend quickly through cunning and murder, indeed trying to master time. His hubris ultimately leads to his fall and soon after his death. Not the succinct but powerful monologue in V.v.23–28. He realizes that chaos reigns, within and outside of himself, and that one who attempts to know his fate invites discord and his own undoing. As such, the play very much highlights the grave pitfalls of tyranny. It is so tightly written, and so bloody, so haunted! I love it. It's probably my favorite play besides Lear at this point. ( )
  poetontheone | Mar 24, 2014 |
Macbeth and Banquo defeat two armies of enemies. Later three witches appear and prophesy that Macbeth will become a thane of Cawdor, eventually the king of Scotland, and Banquo will beget a line of Scottish kings. Unsure, neither of them are too concerned. When things are starting to come true, Macbeth tells his wife the good news. Lady Macbeth wants her husband to kill Duncan, the king, so that the rest of the prophecy will come true. Macbeth would become king if the present king "died". He stabs Duncan and the two watchers. Fearful that Banquo's heirs might inherit the throne, he hires murderers to kill him and his son Fleance. Fleance has escaped death and becomes Prince of England. He raises an army and fights Macbeth. Macbeth is killed and beheaded.

This play was entertaining and had some rhyming. It was easier to read than most Shakespeare plays because it didn't have many characters. It was a quick read. It only took a few days. It was violent and not happy but understanding. I could read this book again. I would recommend this book to anyone 6th grade and up. ( )
  SeraphinaC.B4 | Mar 20, 2014 |
That Bill Shakespeare could really write a play. 400 years later, Macbeth still more than holds up. I love this one for how lean and taut it is. It grabs you from the start, with the valorous Scottish Thane Macbeth receiving a prophecy from three witches that he will one day be King. Egged on and aided by his wife, he later kills King Duncan and assumes the throne. Guilt and paranoia lead to more violence, and of course violence begets violence. The play is dark, tragic, and lasting.

There are many memorable scenes here, including Lady Macbeth sleepwalking, but for me, the three witches steal the show. Who can forget “double double, toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble”?

There was a real Macbeth, King of Scotland from 1040 to 1057, who killed then King Duncan at the battle of Elgin, and who was later himself killed by Malcolm Canmore, Duncan’s son, with help from England’s King Edward the Confessor. Shakespeare used the material 550 years later when the English and Scottish thrones were united under James I, following Elizabeth’s death, to curry favor with James. He delivered the goods.

I loved this particular edition, with its 81 page introduction, including among other things illustrations of baroque art from the time period, Caravaggio and Bernini, to help illustrate the comparison to this baroque drama. The footnotes included in the text of the play are detailed, taking up a good fraction of each page, and very helpful. This would be a good book to start with for someone new to Shakespeare.

On guilt:
“Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood
Clean from my hand? No – this my hand will rather
The multitudinous seas incarnadine,
Making the green one red.”

On the transience of life:
“She should have died hereafter;
There would have been a time for such a word –
Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. 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.”

Lastly this one, from the witches, so morbid, such great imagery:
“Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf,
Witch’s mummy, maw and gulf
Of the ravined salt-sea shark;
Root of hemlock, digged i’th’dark;
Liver of blaspheming Jew,
Gall of goat, and slips of yew
Slivered in the moon’s eclipse;
Nose of Turk, and Tartar’s lips;
Finger of birth-strangled babe
Ditch-delivered by a drab:
Make the gruel thick and slab;
Add thereto a tiger’s chawdron,
For th’ ingredience of our cauldron.” ( )
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When shall we three meet again
In thunder, lightning, or in rain?
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
Confounds us.
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One of Shakespeare's most classic tragedies, Macbeth is about the murder of the king of Scotland by one of his most honored Thanes. The book has a theme of deception, betrayal, and then has a surprising redemption at the end. I enjoyed this more than Julius Caesar because of the character of Lady Macbeth and when I read it, I understood it quicker than I was able to follow Julius Caesar.
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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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Presents Shakespeare's drama about a man who kills the king of Scotland in order to claim the throne for himself, and includes explanatory notes, plot summaries, a key to notable lines and phrases, and other reference information.

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