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Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Macbeth (1623)

by William Shakespeare, Oscar Zarate (Illustrator)

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    Pattty: Si te gustó Hamlet seguro te gustará Macbeth, que es una historia buena y mucho más "macabra"
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    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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Just a decoration I did for my room, so inspired I was by this book.

This was the first Shakespeare that I ever read.

I remember being very anxious before I started reading this, for I knew it was going to be a ""test"" of my ""intelligence"". With English not being my mother language and having read/heard how difficult Shakespeare could be, I was afraid that trying to read this would be like torture. As I started to read I realized that this was not actual English, though; I mean, it is English, but it is very old ass English, not like anything I had read to that moment. I felt challenged. I like challenges. I kept reading and today I am happy for having made that decision.

Shakespeare is awesome! I had not the slightest idea what I was in for when I started. Nothing made much sense; there were witches, ghosts, betrayal, and all of this affecting directly all the characters in the play. At the same time, there were clear displays of human nature which led to some grounding ""what-is-the-meaning-of-living"" questions, like: What is free will? How much of it are we allowed to have in society? Can one come back from every wrong decision they make? Can you expect a different treatment after having treated people a certain way? What is the meaning of being mad? Should it be treated as an illness? Should it be considered mere fuel for revenge?

The thing that most caught my attention about this play, though, was that MacBeth is not one of those one dimensional villains; he is very human all the time, showing strength through his actions and at the same time contemplating how far his ambition would make him go, either for good or evil. He actually second guesses himself a bunch of times, trying to decide if he is still good enough to be forgiven for his actions.

I think what stood out the most, for me, about Shakespeare, was the complexity of his characters. I definitely was not expecting this much quality from a piece of literature so old as this; how mistaken I was. It was all so well put together that the fact that it was written in an archaic form of a language that I was still learning passed almost unnoticed. Regarding that, I can't help to think that, more often than not, to understand Shakespeare you not only need to understand what is written, but also feel the meaning behind the words and visualize the intensity put behind them in your mind. When you manage to remember what was meant, instead of what was said, then you've got it all, in my honest opinion.

Interesting quotes that I didn't include in the review:
Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o-er wrought heart and bids it break.
What's done cannot be undone.
False face must hide what the false heart doth know.

The Last Passage
We shall not spend a large expense of time
Before we reckon with your several loves,
And make us even with you. My thanes and kinsmen,
Honceforth be earls, the first that ever Scotland
In such an honour named. What's more to do,
Which would be planted newly with the time,
As calling home our exiled friends abroad
That fled the snares of watchful tyranny;
Producing forth the cruel ministers
Of this dead butcher and his fiend-like queen,
Who, as 'tis thought, by self and violent hands
Took off her life; this, and what needful else
That calls upon us, by the grace of Grace,
We will perform in measure, time and place:
So, thanks to all at once and to each one,
Whom we invite to see us crown'd at Scone.
" ( )
1 vote AdemilsonM | Sep 2, 2015 |
Re-reading "Macbeth" to refresh my memory before going to see it on stage. Not even trying to assume I can write a review on this classic. But one thing jumped out at me this time: how it took almost no time at all for Macbeth to decide on his murderous deeds after the prophecy of the three witches. It seemed incredible to me how little he hesitated to fulfil that prophecy at the horrible cost. Even though he did have some guilty conscience that tormented him just before and after the king's murder, being urged by Lady Macbeth was all it took...The images are dark throughout, the choice of words is insanely striking. A very good Introduction to the play by Mark Van Doren. ( )
1 vote Clara53 | Aug 17, 2015 |
Actually enjoyed this one, and I typically loathe reading Shakespeare. This and Hamlet are the only ones worth reading, in my opinion. ( )
  engpunk77 | Aug 10, 2015 |
Shakespeare is a staple in my life. I grew up with his plays in my house, I'm sure I read a few of them long before I read them in high school, but I wouldn't have fully understood them. I read Macbeth in grade 10. Not one of my FAVOURITES, but still an amazing read. ( )
  momma182 | Jun 23, 2015 |
I cannot believe this is the first full work of Shakespeare's that I've ever read. What have I been doing all my life? The frequent, clever turns of phrase were marvelous. I lucked out with a good book edition choice. This series gives Rashi-like commentary, enabling me to understand the narrative and word choices with clarity. Julius Caesar is next. Meantime, I've got to find a Macbeth performance in my area. Interest piqued. ( )
  MartinBodek | Jun 11, 2015 |
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Shakespeare, Williamprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Zarate, OscarIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Andrews, John F.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Barnet, SylvanEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bate, JonathanEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bevington, David M.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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