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Macbeth is Shakespeare's shortest tragedy and one of his best-known plays. Often referred to as an archetypal tale, it warns against lust for power and the betrayal of friends. Shakespeare based the play loosely on a King Macbeth of Scotland. The play is traditionally considered "cursed", and thus many actors refer to it as "The Scottish Play" to avoid naming it.

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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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    Richard III [Norton Critical Edition] by William Shakespeare (kara.shamy)
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    Throne of Blood [1957 film] by Akira Kurosawa (lucy.depalma)
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    Macbeth by Jo Nesbø (Vulco1)
    Vulco1: It's there in the title. The Jo Nesbo one is a great update and reinterpretation.
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    Shakespeare and Macbeth: The Story Behind the Play by Stewart Ross (themulhern)
    themulhern: Shakespeare and Macbeth is a serious book for intelligent juvenile readers about the history, in both senses of the word, that inspired the play, and about the political circumstances that likely influenced Shakespeare's subject and his plot.
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    themulhern: The crucial murder of one old person bring a sequence of additional murders in its stead.
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Super. So many good lines, and the whole is really great, too. Also, it zips right along. The Arkangel performance has great accents, good delivery, and bagpipes! ( )
  themulhern | Sep 1, 2023 |
I just don't like Shakespeare in the first place. ( )
  CaitlinDaugherty | Aug 28, 2023 |
Well, I zipped through this one, having read it in college and recently watched Kurosawa's "Throne of Blood". I like it. I have to teach it this week, which seems a little daunting at this point, because it's a dense little play. There is a lot of symbolism, a lot of characters running around. I found myself referring to the notes more than I have with other plays by Shakespeare.

And it's bloody, mystical and twisted. This is probably the darkest Shakespearean tragedy that I am familiar with. Not much comic relief. And although Macbeth and Lady Macbeth receive their just desserts, there is no sense that the primitively violent culture changed as a result of their downfall.

Edited to add: Saw Christopher Hitchens speak on Sunday night and he said that if Robert Ludlum had written this it would be called "The Dunsinane Deforestation". LOLZ.

Still brilliant. There is a lot to discuss regarding fate vs. free will. Could have Macbeth have avoided the prophecy given to him by disregarding his wife and quelling his own ambition? Does the act of hearing a prophecy seal one's fate? ( )
  jonbrammer | Jul 1, 2023 |
Though I usually enjoy a Shakespeare play, at least the parts I understand, I don't find understanding all that easy. And it does get tedious referring to footnotes and introductions. I understand their importance, but don't often try to read or view or revisit these plays. ( )
  mykl-s | May 29, 2023 |
3.5* I am glad I have read this but like most Shakespeare seeing a production of the play then re-reading would help me fully understand it. ( )
  LisaBergin | Apr 12, 2023 |
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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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Please distinguish between this work, which is Shakespeare's original play, from any of its many adaptations (audio, video, reworking, etc.).

3458331409 1992 softcover German insel taschenbuch 1440
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Classic Literature. Drama. Fiction. HTML:

Macbeth is Shakespeare's shortest tragedy and one of his best-known plays. Often referred to as an archetypal tale, it warns against lust for power and the betrayal of friends. Shakespeare based the play loosely on a King Macbeth of Scotland. The play is traditionally considered "cursed", and thus many actors refer to it as "The Scottish Play" to avoid naming it.


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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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I've been fond of this take on the consequences of messing with fate. Guilt drives Macbeth insane and seeing that in hallucinations is very interesting. Both of them show their guilt by becoming the opposite of who they were in the beginning.
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If he had waited,
The crown might have come to him,

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