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Macbeth (Ignatius Edition) / Edition 1
     

Macbeth (Ignatius Edition) / Edition 1

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by William Shakespeare
 

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ISBN-10: 1586173979

ISBN-13: 9781586173975

Pub. Date: 02/15/2010

Publisher: Ignatius Press

Arguably the darkest of all Shakespeare's plays, Macbeth is also one of the most challenging. Is it a work of nihilistic despair, a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing, or is it a cautionary tale warning of the dangers of Machiavellianism and relativism? Does it lead to hell and hopelessness, or does it point to a light beyond the

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Arguably the darkest of all Shakespeare's plays, Macbeth is also one of the most challenging. Is it a work of nihilistic despair, a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing, or is it a cautionary tale warning of the dangers of Machiavellianism and relativism? Does it lead to hell and hopelessness, or does it point to a light beyond the darkness? This critical edition of Shakespeare's classic psychological drama contains essays by some of today's leading critics, exploring Macbeth as a morality play, as a history play with contemporary relevance, and as a drama that shows a vision of evil and that grapples with the problem of free will.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586173975
Publisher:
Ignatius Press
Publication date:
02/15/2010
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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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!