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Macbeth (Complete with Study Guide)

Macbeth (Complete with Study Guide)

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by William Shakespeare

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This is a 1913 version of Macbeth that includes plot scheme, questions for intensive study, and notes on the life of Shakespeare, source of the plot, date of composition, duration of the action, and explanatory words and phrases, as well as a restored version of Act III for purposes of comparison.

The Tragedy of Macbeth (commonly called Macbeth) is a play


This is a 1913 version of Macbeth that includes plot scheme, questions for intensive study, and notes on the life of Shakespeare, source of the plot, date of composition, duration of the action, and explanatory words and phrases, as well as a restored version of Act III for purposes of comparison.

The Tragedy of Macbeth (commonly called Macbeth) is a play written by William Shakespeare about a man who commits regicide so as to become king and then commits further murders to maintain his power. The play clearly demonstrates the corrupting effect of ambition, but it also deals with the relationship between cruelty and masculinity, tyranny and kingship, treachery, violence, guilt, prophecy and the disruption of natural order.

The play is believed to have been written sometime between 1603 and 1607. The earliest account of a performance of what was probably Shakespeare's play is April 1611, when Simon Forman recorded seeing such a play at the Globe Theatre. It was first published in the Folio of 1623, possibly from a prompt book. The play was most likely written during the reign of James I, who had been James VI of Scotland before he succeeded to the English throne in 1603. James was a patron of Shakespeare’s acting company, and of all the plays Shakespeare wrote under James’s reign, Macbeth most clearly reflects the playwright’s close relationship with the sovereign.

Macbeth is Shakespeare’s shortest and bloodiest tragedy, and tells the story of a brave Scottish general named Macbeth who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the throne for himself. His reign is racked with guilt and paranoia, and he soon becomes a tyrannical ruler as he is forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion. The bloodbath swiftly takes Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into realms of arrogance, madness, and death.

Shakespeare's source for the tragedy are the accounts of King Macbeth of Scotland, Macduff, and Duncan in Holinshed's Chronicles (1587), a history of England, Scotland and Ireland familiar to Shakespeare and his contemporaries. However, the story of Macbeth as told by Shakespeare bears little relation to real events in Scottish history, as Macbeth was an admired and able monarch.

In the backstage world of theatre, some believe that the play is cursed, and will not mention its title aloud, referring to it instead as "the Scottish play". Over the course of many centuries, the play has attracted some of the most renowned actors to the roles of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. It has been adapted to film, television, opera, novels, comic books, and other media.

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William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His surviving works, including some collaborations, consist of about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

Shakespeare was born and brought up in Stratford-upon-Avon. At the age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway, with whom he had three children: Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith. Between 1585 and 1592, he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part owner of a playing company called the Lord Chamberlain's Men, later known as the King's Men. He appears to have retired to Stratford around 1613 at age 49, where he died three years later. Few records of Shakespeare's private life survive, and there has been considerable speculation about such matters as his physical appearance, sexuality, religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were written by others

Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1589 and 1613. His early plays were mainly comedies and histories, genres he raised to the peak of sophistication and artistry by the end of the 16th century. He then wrote mainly tragedies until about 1608, including Hamlet, King Lear, Othello, and Macbeth, considered some of the finest works in the English language. In his last phase, he wrote tragicomedies, also known as romances, and collaborated with other playwrights.

Many of his plays were published in editions of varying quality and accuracy during his lifetime. In 1623, two of his former theatrical colleagues published the First Folio, a collected edition of his dramatic works that included all but two of the plays now recognised as Shakespeare's.

Shakespeare was a respected poet and playwright in his own day, but his reputation did not rise to its present heights until the 19th century. The Romantics, in particular, acclaimed Shakespeare's genius, and the Victorians worshipped Shakespeare with a reverence that George Bernard Shaw called "bardolatry". In the 20th century, his work was repeatedly adopted and rediscovered by new movements in scholarship and performance.

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bookanator More than 1 year ago
I loved ithis one . It had stage notes inaddtion to the play. This was the first play I'd read and it is still one of my favorites.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am an English teacher. I don't know how I would have survived without this audio-recording. It is wonderful! Love Lady Macbeth's Scottish accent!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This particular publication of Macbeth is the best thing that's ever happened to my curriculum. I teach this particular Shakespeare play in my sophomore English classes, along with Much Ado About Nothing...my favorite comedy! The fact that the left-hand side of the page contains notes, definitions is invaluable to me as a teacher (saves time from having to explain EVERY SINGLE WORD) and makes the student feel more capable of digesting Shakespeare's language. The introductory notes on Shakespeare's life, the theater, his language, wordplay are all invaluable tools to use in teaching. I now only use this version to teach all Shakespeare plays. Bravo!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In my senior English class, we are currently reading this, and I seem to be the only person in the entire class who is enthusiastic. To me, this one from Shakespeare is much more easier to understand. A person may think the withches are evil, but the real villain is the diabolique, Lady Macbeth. Her soliloquies are of absolute brilliance and I love the way she makes Macbeth the way he is. What a sap!
tintoretto More than 1 year ago
This is a steal for $2. It's not the bare-bones edition you'd expect for this price - it gives the reader a generous amount of additional material on the play, as well as historical background on the life and times of Shakespeare. The formatting is excellent, and the annotations are surprisingly thorough for a budget edition. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a senior of a high school and strong emphasis on literature, I have personally read Macbeth and found it to be of great dramatized action. It defines many points to human nature and consequences to evil doings. In addition to the lessons that can be learned from Macbeth, it is great literature. It contains many motifs, symbols, and themes such as the theme of unchecked ambition. This book is great for the strong intellectual to the teen-age ambition to read violent and entertaining text but with actually lessons that can teach and grow in the minds of all young.
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Anonymous 8 months ago
Macbeth, written by playwright William Shakespeare, is a tragedy that takes the audience into the realities of a weak human mind. Macbeth, Thane of Glamis, is prophesied to soon become to the Thane of Cawdor and eventually the King of Scotland by the three ominous Weird Sisters. When Lady Macbeth gets word of this, she decides the only way Macbeth can get to that stance in society is through the acts of murder. Lady Macbeth uses her imperious hold over the feeble-minded Macbeth to convince him to kill the Thane of Cawdor and King Duncan. With each murder, Macbeth loses more of the traits that make him human. He stops smiling, stops eating, stops sleeping, and becomes a sardonic version of the king before him. With the all of the suspicious murders, noble Macduff raises an army to kill Macbeth and reclaim Scotland. Macbeth remains stiff, as the Weird Sisters prophesied to him that he cannot be killed by a man born of a woman. Lady Macbeth kills herself from her sudden grief and we see a shift in Macbeth’s character. When he discovers Macduff was born by c-section instead of naturally, Macbeth sees this entire time he has been living for a prophecy out to destroy him. Macduff kills Macbeth and claims the title King of Scotland.     Personally, I was disappointed in Macbeth’s actions. In Act One Scene Five Macbeth professed his beliefs that murder was a cowardly action, yet the strong-minded Lady Macbeth convinces him into murder. I watched as, throughout the book, Macbeth started losing more and more of his humanity while Lady Macbeth and the witches stood above him in a daunting manner. It was an intriguing read. I would recommend this play to anyone who follows trends because they think it will make them ‘cool’. If you allow yourself to be controlled by society, or even one person, where will that lead you too later in life? While you’re reading Macbeth, heavily contemplate the repercussions of being peer pressured into doing something you do not wish to do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This dosn't tell us any thing about the book, and you all sound stupid. REALLY STUPID. Talk or text each other. Your not cats.
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Sashays in.
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Seven laid on the moss padding of Orpheus' den. Her ember eyes remained closed as she now entered her third day of slumber. Cobwebs covered just abour her entire right side, due to a badger attack. One of her ears was almost completely ripped off, although cobwebs made the grusome sight a bit more bareable to the faint of heart. It was estimated in a few hours, Orpheus would need to change out her cobwebs.
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Why are none of these legitimate reviews for Shakespeare's Macbeth?
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Why is everyone talking like cats? What book? Why are you guys doing this? Is this a club? ANSWER PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
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It wont load at all for me. I had purchased other books andnthey loaded fine but not Macbeth.
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So is this a club or what if it is can anyone join and do you have to know about the book or story or whatever it is
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Leaves camp.