Macbeth

Macbeth

Book - 1993
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One of the great Shakespearean tragedies, Macbeth is a dark and bloody drama of ambition, murder, guilt, and revenge. Prompted by the prophecies of three mysterious witches and goaded by his ambitious wife, the Scottish thane Macbeth murders Duncan, King of Scotland, in order to succeed him on the throne. This foul deed soon entangles the conscience-stricken nobleman in a web of treachery, deceit, and more murders, which ultimately spells his doom. Set amid the gloomy castles and lonely heaths of medieval Scotland, Macbeth paints a striking dramatic portrait of a man of honor and integrity destroyed by a fatal character flaw and the tortures of a guilty imagination.
A selection of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

Publisher: New York, NY : Dover : 1993
ISBN: 9780486278025
Branch Call Number: 822.33 Sh15md
Characteristics: 82p

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TheeAvebury
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

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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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.

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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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kyky69
Dec 22, 2015

Shakespeare at his best.

MARIA95 Sep 07, 2015

Shakespearean plays are so beautiful and unforgettable. There is something about the character of Macbeth that makes this piece in particular stay in my head. Maybe it is the lesson that your ambitions can be fatal .

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snowdreams21
Jul 06, 2015

An amazing read for anyone who loves fantasy!

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lisamarie99
Jul 01, 2015

This book has a lot of plot going on and can be closely connected to Romeo and Juliet. It is a story about identity and trust. As in all Shakespeare books, there is a prominent moral at the end of the story.

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DaisyCosh
May 19, 2015

Written in 1606, "The Tragedy of Macbeth" follows the story of a Scottish noble soldier named -- you guessed it! -- Macbeth. The story starts after a battle between Scotland and Norway in which Macbeth killed so many that he single-handedly won the war. King Duncan of Scotland gladly gives Macbeth a fancy title as the new Thane of Cawdor. However, when Macbeth hears a prophecy that he is destined to be king, his ambition takes over. With the help of his calculating wife, Macbeth does what it takes to live the life he wants, but for how long will it last? With Macbeth constantly being challenged by new foes, will he continue to reign or will he fall from the throne? You'll have to read it to find out. Like many of Shakespeare's plays, there are elements of history entrenched in the plot. The royal family was not without fault in the early seventeenth century, so Shakespeare took aim. History buffs will enjoy the nod to the witch-hunting traits of King James I of England (formerly James VI of Scotland) in "Macbeth". Furthermore, pay close attention to the final act, especially the character of Malcolm. The reflection of Duncan in his own son says more about the nature of the monarchy than if Shakespeare had outright screamed it onstage. It's tongue in cheek, but telling nonetheless. Rich with symbolism beyond the obvious, "Macbeth" is still a great read for those who don't give a flying fig about historical accuracy. It has a strong story that reads like a cautionary tale against greed. The Three Weird Sisters plant the seed, but never explicitly tell Macbeth to slaughter his way to the top. That's just one of the many aspects of "Macbeth" that I enjoyed. The bloodiness will appeal to those who like the "Song of Ice and Fire" series, while the manipulative nature of Lady Macbeth comes off like the latest installment in the "Gossip Girl" series. There's really something for everyone. Plus, it's brief, the shortest of Shakespeare's plays -- it tells a great story quickly rather than dragging it out until it becomes dull and flimsy. The language isn't difficult to understand with a little practice, but this Folger Shakespeare Library edition offers such detailed modern English translations page for page that even those who struggle with it can understand the Bard's point. My main complaint? The final act felt rushed, jumping from convenient death to convenient death to tie up loose ends. Other than that, I genuinely enjoyed Shakespeare's "Macbeth" and recommend this particular edition for its great translations and supplements.

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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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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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