Macbeth The Graphic Novel: Original Text

Macbeth The Graphic Novel: Original Text


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Witches, murder, ghosts, and madness — one of Shakespeare’s finest tragedies is also a perfect fit for the graphic novel format. This compelling adaptation depicts every blood-curdling scene in easy-to-follow illustrations, accompanied by Shakespeare’s original text. An illustrated cast of characters reminds readers who’s who, and fascinating background information on Shakespeare and the real Macbeth adds historical context.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781906332440
Publisher: Classical Comics
Publication date: 11/05/2008
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 75,794
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile: GN700L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Widely esteemed as the greatest writer in the English language, William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an actor and theatrical producer in addition to writing plays and sonnets. Dubbed "The Bard of Avon," Shakespeare oversaw the building of the Globe Theatre in London, where a number of his plays were staged, the best-known of which include Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Macbeth. The First Folio, a printed book of 36 of his comedies, tragedies, and history plays, was published in 1623.

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

Place of Death:

Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

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Macbeth The Graphic Novel: Original Text 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
eussery on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Macbeth: the graphic novel by Shakespeare is a famous play accompanied by illustrations. The original text version keeps the inspired quality telling the tragedy of a Scottish general named Macbeth who receives a prophecy that he will become King of Scotland. Influenced by his wife and impatient aspiration he murders the current king and takes the throne for himself. While he is king he feels guilty and becomes paranoid. He must continue to murder eventually leading to his own death. This book is also offered in other versions such as quick text which is a simplified version. I found the artistic quality to be amazing full of color and clean lines. Having the pictures to go along with the dialogue made the story a lot easier to follow. The Dramatis Personae page gives a character line up with pictures. Some of the language is a little hard to follow, however this would be a unique and successful way of introducing Shakespeare to a reluctant reader. Grade 9 and up.
Prop2gether on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fabulous graphics of this play, plus some historical information about the author and the play--for fans and non-fans alike. This is the original language version and there are two others available--plain text and quick text, where the editors have reinterpreted the Bard for modern audiences.
chuck_ralston on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Macbeth : The Graphic Novel is a `comic book¿ rendition of Shakespeare¿s `Tragedy of Macbeth¿ which is ideal for our visually oriented youth that thrive on information from television and movies and cell phone screens. Shakespeare¿s language is alive and well in this format. And supporting textual and contextual historical and critical interpretative aids are included also. Kudos to Classical Comics and its illustrators and editors.Macbeth himself would agree, I think: ¿[. . .] I have bought golden opinions from all sorts of people, which would be worn now in their newest gloss, not cast aside so soon.¿ (Act 1, Scene 7, ll. 32¿34, Yale Shakespeare, ed., Eugene M. Waith, rev. ed., 1954)
stephivist on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The graphics bring a new life to Shakespeare¿s Macbeth. From the perspective of a student, this graphic novel format makes an easier read of Shakespeare and provides a way to visualize the scenes without getting lost in the prose. This is an excellent substitute for those unable to view a production of Macbeth. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would like to read one of the modern text versions.
anotherjennifer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reading the graphic novel of Macbeth has some of the advantages of seeing a stage or film adaptation, without having to sacrifice any of the text. The visual component contributes to the action and eeriness in Macbeth, which may not be apparent during a first reading of the text alone. While the artwork does make it easier to follow the plot, I do miss the textual notes that editors usually add to the plays. Even if you can follow the play without looking to footnotes for explanations, it can be interesting to see editors' notes about passages that are particularly difficult or archaic. This is especially helpful if you plan to write an essay or examine the words themselves. The book also includes historical information about the play, Shakespeare, the "real" Macbeth, theatre during Shakespeare's time, and Shakespeare in the present. There's even a page about how the graphic novel was created if you're more interested in the artwork. This is fun read for someone who's new to Macbeth, as well as for those who'd just like to see another interpretation.