In 1603, James VI of Scotland ascended the English throne, becoming James I of England. London was alive with an interest in all things Scottish, and Shakespeare turned to Scottish history for material. He found a spectacle of violence and stories of traitors advised by witches and wizards, echoing James s belief in a connection between treason ...
In 1603, James VI of Scotland ascended the English throne, becoming James I of England. London was alive with an interest in all things Scottish, and Shakespeare turned to Scottish history for material. He found a spectacle of violence and stories of traitors advised by witches and wizards, echoing James s belief in a connection between treason and witchcraft. In depicting a man who murders to become king, "Macbeth" teases us with huge questions. Is Macbeth tempted by fate, or by his or his wife s ambition? Why does their success turn to ashes? Like other plays, "Macbeth" speaks to each generation. Its story was once seen as that of a hero who commits an evil act and pays an enormous price. Recently, it has been applied to nations that overreach themselves and to modern alienation. The line is blurred between Macbeth s evil and his opponents good, and there are new attitudes toward both witchcraft and gender. The authoritative edition of "Macbeth" from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers, includes: -Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play -Newly revised explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play -Scene-by-scene plot summaries -A key to the play s famous lines and phrases -An introduction to reading Shakespeare s language -An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play -Fresh images from the Folger Shakespeare Library s vast holdings of rare books -An up-to-date annotated guide to further reading Essay by Susan Snyder The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, is home to the world s largest collection of Shakespeare s printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit Folger.edu."
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William Shakespeare?s historic tragedy, Macbeth, chronicles the downfall of an ambitious man. Together, false images, a deranged wife, and his own rejection of truth lead him astray. However, Macbeth has no one to blame but himself, for he consciously chooses a path of evil, deliberately avoiding truth for his own advancement. He consistently blames fate for his actions in an attempt to justify himself, but at the same time realizes his own depravity. Hypocritical throughout, Macbeth allies himself with ?lower? men, murderers and thieves, and tries to allay his conscience by abusing them and praising himself.
Oct 2, 2007
Its hard to review Shakespeare since most people consider him the greatest writer of all time. I normally do not like his plays, but Macbeth is different. I actually enjoyed reading it. It also gave me an appreciation for Shakespeare.
Lady Macbeth is the driving force behind all the action. Its nice to see a powerful female lead. Okay she's the villian, but she's at least an entertaining one.
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