Macbeth / Edition 1

Macbeth / Edition 1

by William Shakespeare, Robert S. Miola
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Macbeth / Edition 1

A rich “Sources and Contexts” section provides readers with an understanding of Macbeth’s origins from earlier texts, specifically the works of the Roman playwright Seneca, the Tudor historian Raphael Holinshed, and a medieval drama The Slaughter of the Holy Innocents and the Death of Herod. The contexts for the play include contemporary debates on predestination vs. free will (Martin Luther vs. Erasmus), witchcraft as fiction or fact (Reginald Scot vs. King James I), the ethics of regicide (an Elizabethan homily vs. Juan de Mariana, S.J.), and a treatise on equivocation (Henry Garnet, S.J.). This edition also features adaptations—Davenant's moralistic Macbeth, some travesties, and Welcome Msomi's recent South African retelling, uMabatha.

Seventeen carefully chosen essays represent four hundred years of critical and theatrical interpretations, from the early observations of Simon Forman and Samuel Johnson to the Romantic readings of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Hazlitt, and Thomas De Quincey, to recent essays by Janet Adelman and Stephen Orgel. Sarah Siddons and Derek Jacobi remember performing Macbeth, and Peter Holland surveys film interpretations.

A Selected Bibliography is also included.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393977868
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 11/26/2003
Series: Norton Critical Editions Series
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Macbeth in legend, Macbeth in history; Macbeth in the mind; Macbeth in performance; Macbeth in the mind and in performance; Recent performances and adaptations; Note on the text; List of characters; The play; Supplementary notes; Textual analysis; Appendixes: 1. Casting Macbeth; 2. Additional text and music; 3. Relineation of the Folio; Reading list.

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Macbeth 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a teacher of 11th grade English, I ordered this text because I was curious about its supplementary material. Now I am committed to the Norton Critical Editions for EVERY Shakespeare play I teach in the future! My students were amazed and sometimes enthralled with the incredibly rich background material which supplemented their study of Macbeth. They especially loved comparing Lady Macbeth's invocation of evil forces, and her declaration of imagined infanticide, with Seneca's Medea, in which Medea declares she will sacrifice her children to punish her cheating husband. They were incredulous that Macbeth's witches were actually mentioned several times in Holinshed's history. The factual background for Macbeth's rise and fall, set within the context of the eleventh century, gave them a deeper understanding of his inherent brutality. They also were better able to appreciate the modern aspects of his personality as interpreted by Shakespeare by contrasting the Bard's Macbeth with Holinshed's details of the actual historical Macbeth. And they really enjoyed learning that Lady Macbeth's real name was Gruoch. (Several said they're going to name their dog or their first daughter after her! Ha, ha!) WHAT A SUPERIOR SOURCE for any teacher! Please buy this if you are reading, studying, or teaching Macbeth!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great introduction and critical essays that help bring Shakespeare to life.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Personally, I know this sounds stupid, but I love Billy Shakes! Macbeth is actually quite relatable to today, because it shows what people will do to get to the the top. Cheers!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Of all of the Master Bard's plays, Macbeth is the most mysterious in irony and dealing with evil. A descent into evil could be an alternative title as Lady Macbeth uses the weird sisters to her favor. Several things in this play are unresolved such as who was the third murderer and was Ross playing both sides. English history also is involved in this play, so the immortal bard was not immune from that either. An excellent ending to a truly tragic story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was the best play I have ever read!