This tragedy tells of a power-hungry Scottish nobleman and his lady, and the price they pay for violently seizing the royal throne. Books in this new, illustrated series present complete texts of Shakespeare's plays. However, the lines are set up so students can see the bard's original poetic phrases printed side-by-side and line-by-line with a ...
This tragedy tells of a power-hungry Scottish nobleman and his lady, and the price they pay for violently seizing the royal throne. Books in this new, illustrated series present complete texts of Shakespeare's plays. However, the lines are set up so students can see the bard's original poetic phrases printed side-by-side and line-by-line with a modern "translation" on the facing page. Starting in the late 1580s and for several decades that followed, Shakespeare's plays were popular entertainment for London's theatergoers. His Globe Theatre was the equivalent of a Broadway theater in today's New York. The plays have endured, but over the course of 400+ years, the English language has changed in many wayswhich is why today's students often find Shakespeare's idiom difficult to comprehend. "Simply Shakespeare" offers an excellent solution to their problem. Introducing each play is a general essay covering Shakespeare's life and times. At the beginning of each of the five acts in every play, a two-page spread describes what is about to take place. The story's background is explained, followed by brief descriptions of key people who will appear in the act, details students should watch for as the story unfolds, discussion of the play's historical context, how the play was staged in Shakespeare's day, and explanation of puns and plays on words that occur in characters' dialogues. Identifying icons preceding each of these study points are printed in a second color, then are located again as cross-references in the play's original text. For instance, where words spoken by a person in the play offer insights into his or another character's personality, the "Characters" icon will appear as a cross-reference in both the introductory spread and the play proper. Following each act, a closing spread presents questions and discussion points for use as teachers' aids. Guided by the inspiring format of this fine new series, both teachers and students will come to understand and appreciate the genius of Shakespeare as never before."
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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