The Tragedy Of Macbeth

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This edition of Shakespeare's Macbeth allows a variety of approaches to Shakespeare, including historical, feminist, and cultural studies. Shakespeare's text is accompanied by an intriguing collection of thematically arranged historical and cultural documents and illustrations, including excerpts from such sources as letters, conduct books, legal documents, and literary works that illuminate the themes of the play. The editor's introductions to the play and to the documents (which are presented in modern spelling...
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This edition of Shakespeare's Macbeth allows a variety of approaches to Shakespeare, including historical, feminist, and cultural studies. Shakespeare's text is accompanied by an intriguing collection of thematically arranged historical and cultural documents and illustrations, including excerpts from such sources as letters, conduct books, legal documents, and literary works that illuminate the themes of the play. The editor's introductions to the play and to the documents (which are presented in modern spelling with annotations) offer a richly textured understanding of Elizabethan culture and of Shakespeare's work within that culture.

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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Editorial Reviews

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 2-7--Macbeth has strong appeal for young audiences and Coville's lucid retelling captures much of it. Aided by the short, intense, and uninterrupted story line of the play, the reteller deftly weaves many of the most familiar quotes with his own dramatic narrative. In a short preface that sketches a quick history of the play's popularity, Coville invokes cultural literacy as one of his missions. Despite this heavy burden, he carries off the telling with grace. Kelley's dark, evocative pastels reflect and intensify the ominous mood. Glowering hillsides, gloomy interiors, the handsome and doomed Macbeths, and truly ghastly witches create a mood worthy of the play. The only unfortunate image is the weak-chinned Macbeth reacting to Banquo's ghost with a look more comic than horrified. Darkness prevails until the final painting of light morning skies over the hills. Coville's muscular sentences, full of dramatic word choices, make this a good read-aloud choice. While not avoiding the horrors in the story, the reteller does not dwell on the goriest moments, letting the worst, such as the slaughtering of Macduff's children, happen offstage. The accurate depiction of the story will give older students or casual playgoers a good quick review. If it doesn't end up lost among the picture books, this retelling could have many uses.--Sally Margolis, formerly at Deerfield Public Library, IL
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 (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781286516898
  • Publisher: Nabu Press
  • Publication date: 5/12/2012
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

William Shakespeare ( 26 April 1564 (baptised) - 23 April 1616) was an English poet, playwright and actor, 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 extant works, including some collaborations, consist of about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, the authorship of some of which is uncertain. 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 and these works remain regarded as some the best work produced in these genres even today. 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

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2000


    This novel has to be one of my top ten. I am a huge fan of irony and this play has plenty of it. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes English literature or, like me, who thinks that irony is entertaining. My favorite part of the play is when Macbeth becomes enraged at the witches and damns himself in the ironic phrase in which he damns 'all of those that trust him.' By damning everyone who trusts the witches, he actually damns himself. I would also recommend this book to anyone who is interested in English history because this play tells the reader a lot about the Enlish culture at the time of Shakespeare. I enjoyed this novel emmensely and I hope you do also.

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