Macbeth

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From Harold Bloom's now-canonical book, Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human, comes his surmises as to Shakespeare's own stance in regard to the magnificent hero-villain of this nocturnal drama.

Presents the original text of Shakespeare's play side by side with a modern version, with discussion questions, role-playing scenarios, and other study activities.

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Overview

From Harold Bloom's now-canonical book, Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human, comes his surmises as to Shakespeare's own stance in regard to the magnificent hero-villain of this nocturnal drama.

Presents the original text of Shakespeare's play side by side with a modern version, with discussion questions, role-playing scenarios, and other study activities.

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Another Signature Shakespeare edition from Sterling, complete with all the features described above. Like Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth is popular play by the Stratford Bard that has a thorny textual history and numerous internal allusions. A classic delivered with majesty.

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Based on an HBO animated series, these condensations emphasize the dramatic content of some of Shakespeare's best known works. As abridged by Garfield in consultation with a panel of scholars, the books on the whole retain the magic of Shakespeare's vision and remain true to his poetics. Linguistic fluidity is perforce sacrificed (omitted lines are presented as italicized summaries interspersed throughout the dialogue), but these versions should still fire children's imaginations. Though the artwork varies in quality, the Eastern European illustrators generally capture the underlying theatrics. Palettes are subdued for the dramas, and appropriately brighter for the comedies (though the tone reproductions frequently seem off). Several plays' illustrations have a cartoony appearance; a few exhibit the stilted look of old Classics Comics. While the plays forgo their complexities--many subplots are omitted--as they become more linear in their themes (Macbeth loses much of his humanity, Romeo and Juliet is pared of its politics), their nobility shines through in these visualized introductions. One hopes that readers will be encouraged to move on to the originals. Ages 10-up. (Mar.)
Library Journal
This production of Romeo and Juliet featuring Kenneth Branagh and Sir John Gielgud is a superb contribution to the field of classics on cassette. The stunning performance by the Renaissance Theatre Company captures all the color and emotion of Shakespeare's eloquent tragedy of young love. With Samantha Bond as Juliet, Derek Jacobi as Mercutio, and Judi Dench as Nurse, the play, which is set in 16th-century Verona, contains some of the most passionate dialog ever written. An excellent musical score by Patrick Doyle accompanies the actors, as well as a full array of authentic sound effects. The pounding of hooves, the chiming of church bells, and the clashing of angry swords enrich this outstanding listening experience. A 24-page booklet complete with sketches and photos of the actors, a synopsis of the play, and background information is included in the package. Highly recommended for most libraries.-Gretchen Browne, Rockville Centre P.L., N.Y.
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Each book includes a brief introduction to the play, followed by an illustrated cast of characters and a glossary of literary terms. Annotated text from the play alternates with black-and-white illustrations of selected scenes, "in the style of a graphic novel." It is unclear why the editors did not make these true graphic novels throughout. The black-and-white comic art is undistinguished, and as most of it simply depicts two characters in conversation, it does little to clarify what is going on. The first two plays in particular offer marvelous possibilities for the illustrator, so the ho-hum comics are disappointing. "Think about it" boxes contain study questions such as, "What has worried Macbeth?" and boxed "Literary terms" give examples like, "`Hermia...Hermia...Helena...' is...alliteration." Teacher's guides accompany the books. Those interested in a graphic-novel interpretation might want to consider Arthur Byron Cover's Macbeth (Puffin, 2005), which is illustrated in manga style and would probably appeal more to reluctant readers. These titles might be useful for teaching Shakespeare to reluctant readers, but a better choice might be a simple annotated Shakespeare such as a Sparknotes "No Fear Shakespeare" series (Spark), supplemented by Bruce Coville's William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (1999) and William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night (2003, both Penguin), which are picture-book prose adaptations, or Adam McKeown's Romeo and Juliet: Young Reader's Shakespeare (Sterling, 2004).-Kathleen E. Gruver, Burlington County Library, Westampton, NJ Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Booknews
Directors Welles, Nunn, and Polanski, and actors Garrick, Siddons, Olivier, and McKellen, are among those mentioned in an analysis of stage and screen productions of Macbeth. After a brief survey of earlier productions, focuses on the 20th century. Includes a few stills and drawings. distributed by St. Martin's. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the Publisher
"This updated edition of Macbeth reveals thorough research, it is conscientiously annotated, and it appears a superb tool for researchers and students involved in Shakespeare scholarship."
-The Year's Work In English Studies(2010)
Children's Literature - Rita Monteiro
In eleventh century Scotland, Macbeth, a cousin of the reigning King Duncan, is a superb military strategist and general, feared by enemies of the kingdom, a loyal retainer, and leader respected by his peers for his valor and noble qualities. At the peak of sophistication and poetic artistry, Shakespeare's drama Macbeth is a powerful tragedy, built on a compelling plot of actions and consequences. Shakespeare walks his audience into the mind and heart of Macbeth, a charismatic character set to reach the acme of success. Feeding on his boundless ambition, lured by convenient prophecies from the powers of darkness, egged on by a complicit and relentless wife whom he loves deeply, Macbeth chooses a path of ruthless murders and corrosive guilt, to the tragic doom he constructs for himself. Powell creates a graphic novel from the original play, together with Daniel, who has worked as a colorist and an illustrator for comic book publishers. Powell retains the dramatic structure of the original play— five acts—with a two-page illustration in lurid green color, by Daniel. A brief original quotation highlights the main theme of the action. Much of the compelling moral power and beauty of the original incisive dramatic poetry, in fluid iambic pentameter, rich in emotional associations and symbols, occurs as fragmented snippets of text. The power of a skilled animator and artistic colorist will appeal to the imagination and sense of visual beauty, as a clever hook to a stage performance, or reading of Shakespeare's play. In support of this consideration, the book has excellent notes on William Shakespeare, the history of the play, Shakespearean language with examples, discussion questions and writing prompts. There are also notes on the retelling author and illustrators. One earnestly hopes that young readers will go from this text to the cathartic original. A confusing error appears in the text at the top on Page 53. Malcolm discusses his concerns with "Macduff," not "Duncan," who lies cold in his grave. Obtain the other Stone Arch "Shakespeare Graphics" novels: Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. These books will make beautiful gifts, especially for young people interested in writing poetry, dramatic performance and stagecraft, printing, illustrating, animation, film scripts and the colorist's art. They are useful additions to a library for those who enroll in the Fine Arts as major subjects. Reviewer: Rita Monteiro
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—Shakespeare's tragedy is brought to life in this studio-recorded full-cast performance starring James Marsters and Joanne Whalley. Marsters's Macbeth is solid, and Whalley turns in a remarkable performance of Lady Macbeth's calculated strength and eventual unraveling. The pacing and delivery of Shakespeare's lines are effective and accurate, and the use of sound to depict setting and action provide the essential cues listeners need. The sound effects and the theatrics of the Weird Sisters are wonderful. Listeners should be familiar with the story prior to listening due to the large number of characters and the lack of stage direction in audio format. A good choice to offer students as a reading companion.—Rebecca Flannery, Lyman Memorial High School, Lebanon, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616414252
  • Publisher: ABDO Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/28/2011

Meet the Author

Daniel Perez was born in Monterrey, Mexico, in 1977. For more than a decade, Perez has worked as a colorist and an illustrator for comic book publishers such as Marvel, Image, and Dark Horse. He currently works for Protobunker Studio while also developing his first graphic novel.

Since 1986, Martin Powell has been a freelance writer. He has written hundreds of stories, many of which have been published by Disney, Marvel, Tekno comix, Moonstone Books, and others. In 1989, Powell received an Eisner Award nomination for his graphic novel Scarlet in Gaslight. This award is one of the highest comic book honors.

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Read an Excerpt

This book is written in Spanish. Macbeth es una de las grandes tragedias de William Shakespeare (1564-1616). Macbeth, el gran general del ejército del rey de Escocia, regresa victorioso después de una campaña de apaciguamiento cuando sucumbe a la tentación del poder. Desde entonces un mundo tenebroso y mágico, de apariciones y desconfianzas, sembrará de crímenes la pacífica vida de los escoceses hasta que Macbeth muere como habían viticinado las brujas.
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Table of Contents

About the Series
About this Volume
List of Illustrations
Introduction 1
Macbeth 21
1 Representations of Macbeth 115
From A History of Greater Britain 126
From History of Scotland 128
From The Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland 135
From Book of Plays 153
From The Witch 155
From "The Story of Macbeth," in A Collection of Divers and Remarkable Stories 159
From Macbeth, A Tragedy 162
Epilogue to The Empress of Morocco 178
2 Discourses of Sovereignty 185
From A Conference about the Next Succession to the Crown of England 191
From A Discovery of a Counterfeit Conference 201
From An Answer to the First Part of a Certain Conference 203
From Succession Act 205
From Basilikon Doron 211
From The True Law of Free Monarchies 213
From A Speech to the Lords and Commons of the Parliament at Whitehall 217
From Patriarcha: Or the Natural Power of Kings 220
From The Divine Power or Gift of Healing 227
From A Right Fruitful and Approved Treatise 228
From A Sermon Preached at St. Mary's in Oxford, the 17. Day of November, 1602 230
3 Treason and Resistance 231
From A Short Treatise of Politic Power 237
From An Homily against Disobedience and Willful Rebellion 238
From The Powers of the Crown in Scotland 242
From A Defense of Liberty against Tyrants 244
Report to the Doge and Senate 256
From A Speech to Parliament 261
From Speech at the Trial of Father Henry Garnet 265
From A Treatise of Equivocation 266
From A Treatise Tending to Mitigation towards Catholic Subjects in England 268
4 The Cultural Construction of Scotland 271
From The Description of Scotland 280
Henry V, Act I, Scene 2 286
From A Treatise on the Union of the British Realms 288
From An Itinerary 290
From A Perfect Description of the People and Country of Scotland 293
From The Penniless Pilgrimage, Or the Moneyless Perambulation 296
5 Witchcraft and Prophecy 300
From The Discovery of Witchcraft 307
From A Dialogue Concerning Witches and Witchcrafts 311
News from Scotland 313
From Daemonology, In Form of a Dialogue 325
An Act against Conjuration, Witchcraft, and Dealing with Evil and Wicked Spirits 328
From An Act against Fond and Fantastical Prophecies 335
From A Defensative against the Poison of Supposed Prophecies 336
From The Discovery of Witchcraft 337
From A Discourse of the Damned Art of Witchcraft 338
From Of Prognostications 341
From Of Prophecies 342
6 Discourses of the Feminine 344
From The Discovery of Witchcraft 352
From The Method of Physic 353
From A Brief Discourse of a Disease Called the Suffocation of the Mother 354
From The Sick Woman's Private Looking-Glass 357
From Microcosmographia: A Description of the Body of Man 361
From The Countess of Lincoln's Nursery 364
From Childbirth, Or the Happy Delivery of Women 366
Bibliography 369
Index 381
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  • Posted February 10, 2011

    recommended

    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.

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2006

    Outstanding Recording

    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!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 16, 2010

    An excellent edition at a great price - incl background material and annotations

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Another nice play by shakespeare

    Nice book

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2002

    A TEACHER'S DREAM COME TRUE

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2001

    Shakespeare's Best!

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2011

    taking a class on mabeth

    love the storyy

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2003

    Wonderful Literature

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Trouble loading

    It wont load at all for me. I had purchased other books andnthey loaded fine but not Macbeth.

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