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Macbeth (No Fear Shakespeare)

by Sparknotes

Spark Notes | April 15, 2003 | Trade Paperback

Macbeth (No Fear Shakespeare) is rated 4.1667 out of 5 by 6.

No Fear Shakespeare gives you the complete text of Macbeth on the left-hand page, side-by-side with an easy-to-understand translation on the right.

 

Each No Fear Shakespeare contains

  • The complete text of the original play
  • A line-by-line translation that puts Shakespeare into everyday language
  • A complete list of characters with descriptions
  • Plenty of helpful commentary

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 240 pages, 7.5 × 5.25 × 0.63 in

Published: April 15, 2003

Publisher: Spark Notes

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1586638467

ISBN - 13: 9781586638467

Found in: Reference and Language

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from "Fair is foul, and foul is fair" I must confess that there was a time when I despised this book. I hated everything about it primarily because I was required to read this about two years ago in Grade 12. Now that I am in college, I enjoyed reading this play on my own. I have come to realise that I didn't hated this book. I hated the fact that I was required to read this book. I hated the fact that my damn English teacher clinged onto every damn sentence and we had to analyze every single verse. The true beauty of this book doesn't lie in its analyzation but just reading it and enjoying a beautiful Elizabethan prose. Recommended to those who enjoy English language and fiction, in general. A great short play! "Come what come may, time and the hour runs through the roughest day."
Date published: 2011-10-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Like it! By far my second favourite of the pieces written by Shakespeare that I have read. Good way to show corruption and madness
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good I'm not going to lie, I hated STUDYING it. But on it's own it was very good. I'm always going to remember crazy Lady Macbeth.
Date published: 2010-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The lust for illegitimate power This is one of Shakespeare's plays I have liked best so far (I still have several ones left to read), along with Hamlet, King Lear and Julius Caesar. It is the tragedy of ambition and delusion, and the fatal results of those two vices combined. It is also one of Shakespeare's plays in which the supernatural has a greater participation. Just as Hamlet is driven to revenge by a ghost -his father's- Macbeth is driven to desperate ambition for power by three witches who tell him he is destined to occupy the throne of Scotland (way back in the Middle Ages). Though Macbeth is not a very resolute man and so has many doubts, his inescrupulous wife jumps in on the prophecy and pushes him all along. She must be one of the dreariest women to have appeared in fiction ever. You can imagine her truly as the mother in law from hell. Together, the Macbeths perpetrate a series of treasons and horrible murders, and even start up a war, all for the throne they will, of course, never enjoy. As always with Ol' Billy, the dialogues are incredibly strong and magnificent, full of passion and energy. The scene where the ghost of Banquo appears in the middle of a dinner is more than spooky, horrifying. This play is pure evil, violence, disaster and remorse, and the final transformation of Macbeth is necessarily too late, but worth contemplating.
Date published: 2009-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Historical Context I like to come at Macbeth from an historical perspective, a perspective where Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are not anti-heroes, but heroes of the highest order. How is that possible you ask? Because Macbeth is taking what is rightfully his. Modern audiences, and perhaps even audiences in Shakespeare's day (although that seems unlikely since they would have had a greater everyday knowledge of the power structures of Scottish clans), look at Macbeth as the story of power corrupting absolutely. We see it as a story where a man's ambition overrides his goodness, and his callous regicide justly destroys himself, his Lady and everything they have built. It is a comfortable reading for us. It supports our current belief in good and evil as absolutes, and it allows us to see Duncan as a benevolent leader, Banquo as a victim and Malcolm and Macduff as righteous avengers. It fits our view of the world. But this reading hurts the complexity that is Macbeth, and it dissolves what makes Macbeth my favourite Shakespearean tragedy -- the tragedy itself. There is little tragic in the fall of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth if we follow the ill-informed modern reading. They get what they deserve. They commit murder, they make a grab for power, they pay the price. We cannot pity them. And it is difficult to care for them. But consider the historical context and this reading is tipped on its side like a sacred cow in a dusty field of moonlight. Macbeth, as the next most powerful Thane, is next in line for Duncan's crown. It is his right. It is the way of Scottish accession. Duncan simply has no right to declare Malcolm the heir, and to do so immediately following Macbeth's greatest victory is both an insult and a challenge. Moreover, once all others back Malcolm and place themselves against Macbeth they are committing high treason. Should Macbeth have assassinated King Duncan? Probably not (although the alternative would have been civil war and is killing one King more criminal than being responsible for the death of thousands?), but therein lies the strength of Shakespeare's play. Macbeth and his Lady feel overwhelming guilt, and their killing of Duncan tears them apart. Not because it is what they deserve, but because they are fundamentally virtuous people who made a decision that, even righteous, wounded them as deeply as it wounded those around them. Taken within the context of Scottish accession, the play becomes much deeper and more meaningful. The conflicts of all the characters are muddied, the right and wrong becomes a worrisome mess, the tragedy deepens, and Macbeth and his Lady become honorable people who make a difficult choice that ultimately undermines their own values. This also suggests that the Witches and the supernatural are not some crazed deus ex machina that makes Macbeth's fate inevitable, but a form of chorus that plants seeds of understanding in the minds of the audience and Macbeth. It's a great play even if the historical context is ignored, but how much greater is it when the historical context is restored? I feel it becomes a match for Lear and Hamlet. Re-read it and see what you think.
Date published: 2008-10-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Best Play Macbeth is an honored man, but when he meets three witches, his life turns upside down. He is told that he will one day be king, yet he can only achieve it by murder. The witches warn Macbeth what would happen, but he ignores the advice. One murder quickly turns into another, and eventually he higher’s hit men to do the work for him. Lady Macbeth and Macbeth, are going crazy. They begin to hear voices and see ghosts. This is the best play by William Shakespeare, and the greatest tragedy in the English language.
Date published: 2006-08-02

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Macbeth (No Fear Shakespeare)

by Sparknotes

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 240 pages, 7.5 × 5.25 × 0.63 in

Published: April 15, 2003

Publisher: Spark Notes

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1586638467

ISBN - 13: 9781586638467

About the Book

No Fear Shakespeare gives you the complete text of "Macbeth "on the left-hand page, side-by-side with an easy-to-understand translation on the right.
Each No Fear Shakespeare contains
- The complete text of the original play
- A line-by-line translation that puts Shakespeare into everyday language
- A complete list of characters with descriptions
- Plenty of helpful commentary

From the Publisher

No Fear Shakespeare gives you the complete text of Macbeth on the left-hand page, side-by-side with an easy-to-understand translation on the right.

 

Each No Fear Shakespeare contains

  • The complete text of the original play
  • A line-by-line translation that puts Shakespeare into everyday language
  • A complete list of characters with descriptions
  • Plenty of helpful commentary

About the Author

William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616 Although there are many myths and mysteries surrounding William Shakespeare, a great deal is actually known about his life. He was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon, son of John Shakespeare, a prosperous merchant and local politician and Mary Arden, who had the wealth to send their oldest son to Stratford Grammar School. At 18, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, the 27-year-old daughter of a local farmer, and they had their first daughter six months later. He probably developed an interest in theatre by watching plays performed by traveling players in Stratford while still in his youth. Some time before 1592, he left his family to take up residence in London, where he began acting and writing plays and poetry. By 1594 Shakespeare had become a member and part owner of an acting company called The Lord Chamberlain's Men, where he soon became the company's principal playwright. His plays enjoyed great popularity and high critical acclaim in the newly built Globe Theatre. It was through his popularity that the troupe gained the attention of the new king, James I, who appointed them the King's Players in 1603. Before retiring to Stratford in 1613, after the Globe burned down, he wrote more than three dozen plays (that we are sure of) and more than 150 sonnets. He was celebrated by Ben Jonson, one of the leading playwrights of the day, as a writer who would be "not for an age, but for all time," a prediction that has proved to be true. Today, Shakespeare
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