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Macbeth (1623)

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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    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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One of Shakespeare's darkest plays, the main draw of Macbeth is the atmosphere of gloom, darkness and evil which oozes out of every line. It is not for nothing that some actors remain superstitious of it, and famously refer to it only as 'the Scottish play'. Indeed, it is remarkable just how much Shakespeare managed to pack into this short play, and one can marvel at well-developed themes on good and evil, light and dark, ambition and guilt, nature and the unnatural, as well as admittedly rather dated tropes regarding superstition and religiosity. There are books of enormous length which have covered these themes with less power than Shakespeare's mere five-act play. The poetry of the play is often gorgeous - this is Shakespeare after all - and you've never heard murder plotted so eloquently.

It is always interesting (at least to me) to note the influences on Shakespeare's writing. The play was written for King James I and many aspects of it (the witches, the righteousness of Scottish rule, the divine right of kings, even the length of the play itself - apparently, King James preferred shorter plays) reflect this, as Cedric Watts notes in his illuminating introduction. Indeed, I would recommend the Wordsworth Classics edition as Watts' introduction is very interesting. He traces out enough of the major themes (good/evil, natural/unnatural, etc.) so you do not get lost, whilst still leaving you enough to discover for yourself when you read the actual play. As Watts notes, you can 'read against the grain': Shakespeare's plays can be interpreted in many ways (pg. 20). Yes, the nature of the play means that, in its own time, it unhelpfully reinforced the divine right of kings, celebrated superstition and aided intolerance in its portrayal of evil witches (pg. 14). But, for the modern reader, there is much to immerse yourself in, and I particularly enjoyed the gray morality of the play. As Watts notes, when Macduff carries Macbeth's severed head at the end, this "casts an ironic shadow on the claim that God and divine providence have prevailed." (pg. 20).

Shakespeare's characters are also commendably modern, as Macbeth the regicide retains some crumb of sympathy from the audience due to his doubt and his torturous guilt. Watts further notes the "general resonance" of the play to our daily lives; not in its tale of witches and the supernatural, of course, but in the feelings of "inner division, pangs of conscience, the pain of being ambushed by events, and desperate defiance" (pg. 9). It appeals to the emotions that we experience, usually in "times of bereavement, depression, weariness or tedium." (pg. 19). If Macbeth remains one of the most darkly seductive of Shakespeare's plays, it is because of this subtle resonance with our own darker thoughts and fears. ( )
1 vote MikeFutcher | Mar 19, 2017 |
The WORKMAN Illustrated Classics MACBETH is a really good early graphic novel/play.

For some reason, my review of the regular book has come up here. ( )
  m.belljackson | Mar 6, 2017 |
MACBETH ranks with A Midsummer Night's Dream as my favorite Shakespeare.

It deals with how we all face Evil, the consequences within and without.

The opening lines, here and in Roman Polanski's indelible film, often stay with readers forever
as do so many other memorable words, fears, and actions.

The only reason for not ranking it a Five Star-Plus book is MacDuff.

Like his wife, I still can figure out no logical reason for leaving his wife and children behind
while he flees to England.

And why did he not tell his cousin to hide or bring them when the cousin stopped to see them?

Ideas welcome. ( )
  m.belljackson | Mar 3, 2017 |
By far one of the most famous Shakespearean plays, Macbeth portrays what happens when greed and the hunger for power takes over. This book is a recommended read for Twelfth grade, due to some of the more mature themes and scenarios in the play. ( )
1 vote alexishartline | Feb 5, 2017 |
Opening with the prophecies of the three witches always caught my imagination. I love how the story relates to that throughout the play, and also how Macbeth is intrigued that he may indeed become king. It adds a great, dramatic effect. Beginning to end this is a brilliantly written play. ( )
1 vote Rosamie.Bautista | Feb 2, 2017 |
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The WORKMAN Illustrated Classics MACBETH is a really good early graphic novel/play.

For some reason, my review of the regular book has come up here.
 

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When shall we three meet again
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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.
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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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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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