Macbeth (Annotated Shakespeare Series)

Macbeth (Annotated Shakespeare Series)

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Macbeth (Annotated Shakespeare Series) by William Shakespeare

Perhaps no other Shakespearean drama so engulfs its readers in the ruinous journey of surrender to evil as does Macbeth. A timeless tragedy about the nature of ambition, conscience, and the human heart, the play holds a profound grip on the Western imagination.

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ISBN-13: 9780300106541
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 02/08/2005
Series: Annotated Shakespeare Series
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 302,849
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x (d)

About the Author


Burton Raffel is Distinguished Professor of Arts and Humanities Emeritus and professor of English emeritus, University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Among his many edited and translated publications are Poems and Prose from the Old English, Cligès, Lancelot, Perceval, Erec and Enide, and Yvain, all published by Yale University Press. Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale University and Berg Professor of English at New York University, is the author of many books, including The Western Canon, Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human, and Where Shall Wisdom Be Found?

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Macbeth 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 327 reviews.
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 More than 1 year 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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why is everyone talking like cats? What book? Why are you guys doing this? Is this a club? ANSWER PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ARE PRETENDING THAT THEY ARE CATS AND ARE IN CLANS OR SOMETHING??? IT IS REALLY DUMB !!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Hello
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Leaves camp.