Tragedy of Macbeth Part II

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In 1610, The Tragedy of Macbeth was first performed. 400 years later: the sequel, written as a five-act play in blank verse.
Ten years king, Malcolm sits on an uneasy throne. If Malcolm’s mind is haunted by the ghosts of his royal father (“gracious Duncan”) as well as the thane and lady who so bloodily betrayed him, Malcolm’s soul is sickened, as was Macbeth’s, by the witches’ prophecy that from Banquo’s seed would spring a line of Scottish kings: a prophecy that remained ...

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Overview

In 1610, The Tragedy of Macbeth was first performed. 400 years later: the sequel, written as a five-act play in blank verse.
Ten years king, Malcolm sits on an uneasy throne. If Malcolm’s mind is haunted by the ghosts of his royal father (“gracious Duncan”) as well as the thane and lady who so bloodily betrayed him, Malcolm’s soul is sickened, as was Macbeth’s, by the witches’ prophecy that from Banquo’s seed would spring a line of Scottish kings: a prophecy that remained unfulfilled at the end of Shakespeare’s play. The witches also taunt Malcolm with riddles all his own: that sorrows will visit him from Ireland (where his younger brother fled upon their father’s death); that his love for Macbeth will breed fresh treachery. True to the Shakespearean model, its devious plot unfolding in five acts and its speech set to the measure of blank verse, Macbeth, Part II, draws bold the tragedy of a powerful man undone by the terrors he imagines and the truths he fails to see.

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Editorial Reviews

Jennifer Lee Carrell
“An audacious achievement. ‘Blood will have blood,’ wrote Shakespeare, and Lukeman steers us back into the red, raging thick of it, exploring—in blank verse, no less—the murderous fallout from the original Macbeth.”
Nigel Cliff
“Shakespeare lives on because we find his thoughts in our blood. Noah Lukeman's bold sequel to Macbeth, written in blank verse, is a fierce, memory-ridden love letter to Shakespeare, and an enthralling reminder that, in our imagination, Shakespeare's greatest plays have no end.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605980119
  • Publisher: Pegasus
  • Publication date: 10/8/2008
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Noah Lukeman is the author of several bestselling books on the craft of writing, among them A Dash of Style: The Art and Mastery of Punctuation. Noah lives in New York City, where he runs a literary agency.

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  • Posted May 30, 2009

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    Shakespeare would be proud

    (this review does contain a few spoilers)
    I have to admit when I first read what Lukeman was attempting to do with his play I was a little shocked. Someone actually dared to write a sequel to one of Shakespeare's play and in blank verse no less!? I did not expect much from it and was pleasantly surprised by the work. After the first scene in the first act I was hooked. It is fast paced, exciting and truly I did not know what to expect, well we do have the new prophecy that predicts Malcolm's downfall and the return of Fleance but there is the mysterious new love of Malcolm and why exactly does Fleance come back? It was easy to become lost in the language and story. Lukeman and Shakespeare's writing are so similar I had to convince myself that I was indeed reading Lukeman and not Shakespeare. Lukeman follows the structure, the pace and the language of Shakespeare so closely that an opinion of the play can go both ways. one Lukeman is not really jumping out on a limb and creating his own version of Shakespeare or two Lukeman truly has mastered the Shakespearian art and created a play that can stand as a sequel to the great Shakespearian play. I lean towards the latter. I like the fact that he follows the speed and language of Shakespeare. I can see the two played back to back at Shakespeare festivals. It is a worthy creation that is a must read for Shakespeare fans. To make sure I am balanced in my review of Lukeman though I have a few minor issues with the text. The characters of Lady Macbeth and Fleance are underdeveloped. I wanted more time with Fleance and Fiona to see more of their undying love for each other and how the loss of Fiona drove Fleance to avenge her death and his father's. I also wanted to hear just a little more about Lady Macbeth she was such an interesting character, especially after just an innocent embrace of MacDuff could have awoken within her a passion that lay dormant. If given the chance could the saintly Lady Malcolm actually have become a traitor to the crown? All the same these are personal preferences that in no way detract from the masterpiece Lukeman has created. I give The Tragedy of Macbeth Part II: The Seed of Banquo 5 out 5.

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