Macbeth: A Facing-Pages Translation into Contemporary English

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Are you frustrated by obscure words and unidiomatic phrases in Shakespeare's plays? The new Access to Shakespeare series removes the mystery, not the magic, from Macbeth, and makes reading or studying a breeze. This translation of Macbeth into contemporary English—alongside the original text—has modernized the difficult passages and expressions which used to make Shakespeare's language such heavy weather.

This unique translation is not a literal-minded prose version. It retains ...

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Macbeth: A Tragedy

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Overview

Are you frustrated by obscure words and unidiomatic phrases in Shakespeare's plays? The new Access to Shakespeare series removes the mystery, not the magic, from Macbeth, and makes reading or studying a breeze. This translation of Macbeth into contemporary English—alongside the original text—has modernized the difficult passages and expressions which used to make Shakespeare's language such heavy weather.

This unique translation is not a literal-minded prose version. It retains the feel and the rhythm of the original, letting you experience the play in the same enjoyable way an Elizabethan audience did. The text is immediately clear to today's readers, making those tedious footnotes unnecessary. You'll find easy-to-follow line numbering, and a glossary of place names and mythological references.

Are you a high school or junior-college student working on an assignment? Do you wish to preview the play before a performance, or are you perhaps learning English as a Second Language? This translation is ideal for you. You will never again hesitate to read The Tragedy of Macbeth because you're mystified by such lines as, "...keep my bosom franchised." The facing page of this edition of Macbeth makes clear what Shakespeare meant, "... keep my conscience free." The translation reads like a modern book...and it's fascinating.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781885564009
  • Publisher: Lorenz Educational Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.44 (d)

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Act Four, Scene 1|partial text
--Original Version
MACBETH:  Time, thou anticipatest my dread exploits.
The flighty purpose never is overtook
Unless the deed go with it.  From this moment
The very feelings of my heart shall be
The firstlings of my hand.  And even now,
To crown my thoughts with acts, be it thought and done!

--Contemporary Translation (on the facing page in the book)
MACBETH:  Time, you intercept my dreadful deeds.
Unless we act on our purpose the moment we think of it,
The chance is lost.  From this moment,
The first impulse of my heart shall be
The first impulse of my hand.  And even now,
To crown my thoughts with acts, be it thought and be it done!
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    Amazing

    Its an amazing tragedy that is presented very well. There are stage notes as well, so you can get a good image of the action onstage.

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  • Posted May 3, 2011

    macbeth

    Macbeth is basically a tragedy about a man that kills a man with a small little dagger. The name of the man that he kills is named Duncan. The man that he has someone else kill is named Banquo. After the person kills Banquo he can't ever stop thinking about the death of him. It haunts him like no other and finally he can't take it no more.
    The parallel is a negative resource because I think it confuses a lot of people and a lot of people don't know what the heck it is even saying. It can also be used as a positive way because if your teacher wants you to read the Shakespeare then bam it are right there. But like again a lot of people don't even know how to read the Shakespeare version but if you look on the other page the regular version is there so it's pretty nice.

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