Macbeth (Arden Shakespeare, Second Series) / Edition 1by William Shakespeare, Kenneth Muir
Pub. Date: 01/28/1984
Publisher: A&C Black Publishers, Ltd.
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The Arden Shakespeare is the established scholarly edition of Shakespeare's work. Justly celebrated for its authoritative scholarship and invaluable commentary, Arden guides you a richer understanding and appreciation of Shakespeare's plays.
This edition of Macbeth provides, a clear and authoritative text, detailed notes and commentary on the same page as the text, a full introduction discussing the critical and historical background to the play and appendices presenting sources and relevant extracts.
Offering a wealth of helpful and incisive commentary, the Arden Shakespeare is the finest edition of Shakespeare you can find.
Table of Contents
|3. The Porter Scene||xxv||(7)|
|6. The Play||xliii|
|D. Additional Notes (1984)||189|
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As a teacher of 11th grade English, I ordered this text because I was curious about its supplementary material. Now I am committed to the Norton Critical Editions for EVERY Shakespeare play I teach in the future! My students were amazed and sometimes enthralled with the incredibly rich background material which supplemented their study of Macbeth. They especially loved comparing Lady Macbeth's invocation of evil forces, and her declaration of imagined infanticide, with Seneca's Medea, in which Medea declares she will sacrifice her children to punish her cheating husband. They were incredulous that Macbeth's witches were actually mentioned several times in Holinshed's history. The factual background for Macbeth's rise and fall, set within the context of the eleventh century, gave them a deeper understanding of his inherent brutality. They also were better able to appreciate the modern aspects of his personality as interpreted by Shakespeare by contrasting the Bard's Macbeth with Holinshed's details of the actual historical Macbeth. And they really enjoyed learning that Lady Macbeth's real name was Gruoch. (Several said they're going to name their dog or their first daughter after her! Ha, ha!) WHAT A SUPERIOR SOURCE for any teacher! Please buy this if you are reading, studying, or teaching Macbeth!
Great introduction and critical essays that help bring Shakespeare to life.
Personally, I know this sounds stupid, but I love Billy Shakes! Macbeth is actually quite relatable to today, because it shows what people will do to get to the the top. Cheers!
Of all of the Master Bard's plays, Macbeth is the most mysterious in irony and dealing with evil. A descent into evil could be an alternative title as Lady Macbeth uses the weird sisters to her favor. Several things in this play are unresolved such as who was the third murderer and was Ross playing both sides. English history also is involved in this play, so the immortal bard was not immune from that either. An excellent ending to a truly tragic story.
It was the best play I have ever read!