Macbeth

Macbeth

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The acclaimed Pelican Shakespeare series edited by A. R. Braunmuller and Stephen Orgel
 
The legendary Pelican Shakespeare series features authoritative and meticulously researched texts paired with scholarship by renowned Shakespeareans. Each book includes an essay on the theatrical world of Shakespeare's time, an introduction to the individual play, and a detailed note on the text used. Updated by general editors Stephen Orgel and A. R. Braunmuller, these easy-to-read editions incorporate over thirty years of Shakespeare scholarship undertaken since the original series, edited by Alfred Harbage, appeared between 1956 and 1967. With definitive texts and illuminating essays, the Pelican Shakespeare will remain a valued resource for students, teachers, and theater professionals for many years to come.
 
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
 
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2000
Edition: New edition
ISBN: 9780140714784
0140714782
Characteristics: xlvi, 98 pages ;,20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Orgel, Stephen

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anhovq
Apr 04, 2019

Macbeth is perhaps the best Shakespeare play for its melodic tensions. The foils between characters are beautifully played out through his diction and signifiers. Honestly, I never get tired of duality as a tragic motif, especially when Shakespeare uses it so well to capture Macbeth hamartia. I can not put enough emphasis on how much this play deserves its timeless prestige.

ArapahoeKarenQB Jul 23, 2018

You know it's going to end badly since it's a Shakespeare tragedy, but it's a train wreck you can't look away from. Watch it rather than read it if you can, but if you read it, pay attention to lines and phrases that have made their way into pop culture and language. When you've read/watched the play, check out the film Men of Respect to see an updated version of the story.

SPPL_Anna Mar 22, 2018

As with all Shakespeare plays, they should really be seen rather than read, and Macbeth is no exception. And with all the directions a production can go for visually accomplishing the magic and bloody murder it's worth seeing multiple times. Macbeth is my favorite of the tragedies, partially because it has multiple interesting roles for women, but also because it is the shortest of Shakespeare's tragedies, easily performed without cuts in one act. And after sitting through 4.5 hours of Hamlet that is a definite selling point.

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harrisonjohng
Nov 25, 2017

I enjoyed reading Macbeth. It is interesting how Macbeth was twisted from a noble and honest man to an evil and paranoid tyrant. Some parts of the book were dark and disturbing though. The modern text translation of Macbeth was really helpful!

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RoyalJellyIII
Oct 31, 2017

Macbeth" is a blast...ghoulish...beguiling...sardonic...an expression of how captivating an evening of crackling Shakespeare can be.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 24, 2017

Macbeth is a playwright tragedy written by William Shakespeare. The play starts with men talking about how great Macbeth is in battle. When we meet Macbeth, he is approached by witches who tell him that they can predict his future. They said he will become the Thane of Cawdor and king. He leaves with disbelief until he is told by the king of Scotland that he is the new Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth writes all that has happened to him in a letter and sends it to his wife, Lady Macbeth. When Lady Macbeth learns that she has the chance to become the queen of Scotland, she decides to persuade her husband to take matters into his own hands. If you are a fan of Shakespearean tragedies or a fan or fantasy stories with witches and spirits, I would highly recommend reading Macbeth. The story line is extremely engaging and their is never a dull moment. Macbeth is also one of Shakespeare’s plays that is entertaining for lots of people because of the supernatural elements to the story. Overall, if I had to rate Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, I would rate it five out of five stars.
- @Sapphirereads of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

This play shows a nobleman in the beginning who turns corrupt from power and carefully executes those who cross his path, and this all started with a witches' prophecy. Macbeth and his friend Banquo defeat a pair of armies, they get rewarded, and then Macbeth sets out to become royalty by murdering the king and his friend. Epically Macbeth is beheaded by Macduff the Scottish nobleman with the help of Fleance the son of Banquo and inherits the throne. This was a great story, and simply put, about betrayal and how people can become carried away on maintaining their riches. I really liked this play, but most people my age probably wouldn't, and it was hard to read because of the language used in Shakespearian time, also how the format was.
- @Florence of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
May 02, 2017

Personally, I find that Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s most exciting and gripping plays. The fact that it is also short is beneficial for somebody who does not like to read very long texts or does not have much time to read in general. Since the vocabulary is somewhat confusing, No Fear Shakespeare can be very helpful for comprehension. If you research the history of the story of Macbeth and the reason behind why Shakespeare has written it this way, as well as the history of witches in that era, you will find the play to be even more intriguing than it already is.
- @reginaphalange of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Dec 12, 2016

This is my favourite Shakespeare play I have read as of yet. For some reason I found myself much more captivated by the story and I enjoyed reading this play much more than any other play of Shakespeare’s. I love how the story comes full circle and I finished the book feeling like the story was complete. There were many recurring motifs and themes and I saw a lot of connections within the story that help the readers understand the overall message and meaning. This play was really cool to read and I would love to see it live on stage one day. I would recommend that teens who like Shakespeare read this. I rate it 4/5.
- @potterhead of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

As a part of an English Class, we had to read this book for our assignments and essay. The language, as any Shakespeare play, was very elaborate and a bit difficult to follow along. But sometimes, you just have to catch sight of the bigger picture to move through harder times. I knew Lady Macbeth was an important character in this play before I read the play because she was mentioned in a previous work of literature that I had read. I just didn't know why, but I guess now I do. Macbeth is actually such a unique character that I don't even know if I want to relate to him. At some parts, maybe, but not when he "unseam'd him from the naves to th'chaps." 4.5/5
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Macbeth, an excellent soldier, the kings kinsman, is contacted by three witches one day. The three witches tell him that he is going to be the king when the time comes, and soon he will be rewarded and get titles. When Macbeth gets the titles that the three witches had told him about, he starts to believe in their sayings deeply. He is ambitious and starts to have these evil thoughts about killing the king so that he can be in power soon. He tells the news to his lady, and Lady Macbeth is even more into this idea than Macbeth. When Macbeth starts to think that it might not be the best idea to kill the King, Lady Macbeth calls him a coward and "forces" him to do it. (Though killing the King was not their only killing.) Being so guilty and scared, Macbeth has to kill everyone that he thinks is a threat to him or suspects him. Lady Macbeth goes crazy and kills herself... William Shakespeare's Macbeth is an amazing, tragic play. I highly recommend it. The movie is very good as well.
- @mockingbird of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Of all of William Shakespeare's plays, Macbeth is definitely my favourite. And scholars agree - many claim it to be Shakespeare's second greatest work, only falling behind Hamlet. And for good reason, as well. The tale of a Scottish soldier overcome by his own hamartia (his ambition) when egged on by three mysterious witches and his wife is gripping and intense. Shakespeare, as always, does a fantastic job at outlining each character's needs and wants, making every single character - even poor Fleance - three-dimensional. The blood bath that ensues is wholly emotional and will cause you to think of your own morality. Ultimately, the masterful play provides many questions - but little answers.
- @reallylikesmusicals of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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Waldenpond2
Jun 02, 2016

This is not my personal favorite. The characters seem weak, the plot has gaps, and compared to other classics like Hamlet, Othello, and Romeo and Juliet, the entire story arc of Macbeth is not as polished.

britprincess1ajax Apr 11, 2016

I read MACBETH (the shortest of the Bard's plays) on Shakespeare Day and I don't regret it. For anyone starting Shakespeare, I recommend it as a nice jumping off point.

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snowdreams21
Jul 06, 2015

"Fair is foul, and foul is fair:
Hover through the fog and filthy air. "(1.1.12-13)

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jokafor98
Jun 20, 2014

"Why should I play the Roman fool and die on mine own sword? Whiles I see lives, the gashes do better upon them."
- Macbeth in Act 5 Scene 8 on lines 1-3

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jokafor98
Jun 20, 2014

"Why should I play the Roman fool and die on mine own sword? Whiles I see lives, the gashes do better upon them."
- Macbeth in Act 5 Scene 8 on lines 1-3

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varaidzo89
Sep 26, 2011

And oftentimes, to win us to our harm,
The instruments of darkness tell us truths,
Win us with honest trifles, to betray's
In deepest consequence.
--Banquo, Act I, scene iii

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ladytigressa
Jun 13, 2008

Nought's had, all's spent,
Where our desire is got without content.

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snowdreams21
Jul 06, 2015

The play begins with the appearance of 3 witches who tell others of their future. Meanwhile The king's generals, Macbeth and Banquo fight in a battle for their King Duncan. Eventually after the battle, Macbeth is prophesized to be the future King and Banquo as the father of many Kings by the witches. Out of greed, Macbeth and his wife, Lady Macbeth plan to kill King Duncan in order to gain the throne. Many of the decisions Macbeth makes continues the play.

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jokafor98
Jun 09, 2014

Macbeth by William Shakespeare is a novel that depicts the life of a man named Macbeth who is given a prophecy that sets him on a path he cannot escape. He is given the prophecy that he will become king by three witches. He is overcome by this prophecy and does a terrible deed to expedite the process. That action he took set him on a path of no return filled with sorrow and sadness.

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varaidzo89
Sep 26, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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