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A man's thirst for power ends in tragedy in this Signet Classics edition of one of William Shakespeare's most powerful works.

When a trio of witches fortell that Macbeth will become King of Scotland, the brave general is consumed by ambition. Encouraged by his wife to seize the throne, their quest for power leads down a blood strewn path that ends in madness and death in this play that explores the consequences of guilt and corruption.

This revised Signet Classics edition includes unique features such as:

* An overview of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater
* A special introduction to the play by the editor, Sylvan Barnet
* Selections from Raphael Holinshed's The Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland , the source from which Shakespeare derived Macbeth
* Dramatic criticism from A. C. Bradley, Elmer Edgar Stoll, Mary McCarthy, and others
* A comprehensive stage and screen history of notable actors, directors, and productions
* Text, notes, and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable text
* And more...
Publisher: Markham, Ont. : New American Library/Penguin Books Canada
Edition: Newly revised edition
ISBN: 9780451526779
Characteristics: 214 pages
Additional Contributors: Barnet, Sylvan


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Feb 09, 2020

With trepidation, and aiming to support my son, I read this play. Been a longtime since high school! The format presented in this book enhanced and eased the understanding of this play. Too bad we didn't have this resource back in the day. Coupled with great online resources, I was able to be a sounding board when necessary.

Dec 18, 2019

4/5 I read this book for a school assignment and it really helped me to understand the book and enjoy it more. The sentences were not always direct meanings of what Shakespeare wanted to say, they had hidden meanings and other times they were plotted out so well. There is this new found appreciation for him, he is such a talented writer. The Macbeth's had a really strong connection in the beginning or "partners of greatness" and in falls apart slowly, he spends a lot of time showing the degradation of their relationship ''till they meet their end. I really enjoyed the scene when Banquo and his son is suppose to be murdered and another murderer comes. No one really knows who it is. Shakespeare left some parts unfinished. His work is really unique and when you analyze it there is actually a lot more to it then boring lines with "thee." - @TreeHugger of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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.

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.

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!

Oct 31, 2017

Macbeth" is a expression of how captivating an evening of crackling Shakespeare can be.

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

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

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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Jul 06, 2015

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

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

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

Jun 13, 2008

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


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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.

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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