Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Macbeth

byWilliam Shakespeare

Kobo ebook | January 1, 2008

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Macbeth is Shakespeare's shortest tragedy and one of his best-known plays. Often referred to as an archetypal tale, it warns against lust for power and the betrayal of friends. Shakespeare based the play loosely on a King Macbeth of Scotland. The play is traditionally considered "cursed", and thus many actors refer to it as "The Scottish Play" to avoid naming it.
Title:MacbethFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:January 1, 2008Publisher:The Floating PressLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from helpful not the best book but having the translation is always helpful
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from it was alright not the worst shakespeare but not the best
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely helpful Shakespeare aid I bought this book when I was studying Shakespeare in high school and it helped me so much with my reading assignments and tests. I really liked that the play was on the left-hand page and a literal, plain English translation was on the right-hand page. I was able to gain a better appreciation and understanding of Macbeth because of this helpful guide. Thank you Sparknotes!
Date published: 2017-10-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read This honestly might be one of my more favourite Shakespeare plays I've read. I haven't read too many fully, but this one was actually pretty enjoyable :)
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Read this play in English and I loved it! All the murder and magic made it really dark and interesting. Also easier to read than a lot of Shakespeare.
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good reference book My son was in Grade 6 last year. He found this book very helpful because It was very easy for him to understand. Also the price was reasonable.
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A literary masterpiece! One of Shakespear's greatest works.
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Play I had to read this play in grade 11 English class and I actually loved it!
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good for School I bought this for school and the English translation is super helpful. The actual play itself is interesting and I enjoyed reading it.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Witches and Evil and Murder, oh my! One of Shakespeare's best plays, its look at capacity for good and evil and how our choices lead us to our fate is explored very effectively in this play. The relevance to the state of the world today is something to ponder, certainly! Who can you see in this play? What do the same choices look like in our current world? Amazing play!!
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It won't disappoint Can never go wrong with Shakespeare.
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great play Can never go wrong with Shakespeare.
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's okay Not the best Shakespeare work, but it's still worth the time to read.
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Worth a read Not the best Shakespeare work, but it's still worth the time to read.
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love it! My favourite of his work, amazing story.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Always a classic If you enjoy Shakespearian plays than Macbeth is a must read.
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Shakespeare's best work A pretty bland story with some unexplained magical elements and a lack of motives
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Convenient Great to have when you're misunderstanding certain parts
Date published: 2017-07-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Scary and Tragic This was a book read in class for Grade 10 and it was very tragic!!!
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tragic A tragic story written in classic enjoyable Shakespeare lanuguage
Date published: 2017-06-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from okay one of my least favourite works of shakespeare
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Was ok This book play and movie is all equally tragic
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great play. Great play. Studied it in an English class and was surprised to discover the depth it contained.
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was ok So this one wasn't bad actually. It is sometimes hard to follow but the plot is pretty entertaining.
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Read this in English class and it's one of my favourite Shakespeare plays. So wicked and cunning and artful. It's best to watch the play as well as read it.
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Something wicked Lady Macbeth is the star of this play, let's be honest. She's the one who drives the plot and doesn't care about anything else but her one goal.
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Okay Not the best of Shakespeare's work but its okay.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good It is nice to have modern English on one side of the book and Shakespearean English on the other.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it This is such a great classic!
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from enjoyed it I enjoyed this play so much. one of shakespeare's best work.
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite Shakespeare plays This play, fortunately, is not stuffy as I expected. It has compelling characters lots of action and one of the best finales in all of this man's writings. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! It is a great story and i really enjoyed it!
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another Classic Another of Shakespeare's finest. Full of suspense and revenge!
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of Shakespeare's Best Packed with action and interesting characters, this play is definitely worth the read.
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Loved This! #plumreview. One of my favorite play's of all time!
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it This is a great play. It's filled with lots of suspense to accompany the blood. Some of Shakespeare's best poetry comes through in this play
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it!! This is one of my favorites of Shakespeare, I have read this 4 times and it never gets old. It highly recommended.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of my faves a bit humorous and a bit creepy. Good read read overall
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Macbeth An obvious classic #PlumReview
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a great book. I had read this book years ago as a novel study. This is a great book.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent This play was my first formal encounter with reading Shakespeare and I loved it all!
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great play! I liked a lot the explanatory pages and the play is simply beautiful, a bit gory, but still very pleasant to read.
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay This is my least favorite Shakespeare play that I've read. Perhaps I didn't like it so much because I had to read it for school. Will probably give it another chance as I know a lot of people really like it
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Helpful This No Fear Shakespeare version of Macbeth helped me to understand the book more. I'd recommend it if you have trouble understanding the English they used during Shakespeare's time.
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Helpful This was so helpful in the understanding of the play.
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite Shakespeare texts #plumreview I absolutely love Macbeth. I have now read it twice and still find Lady Macbeth deeply fascinating. One of my favourite Shakespearean plays.
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Macbeth by the great William Shakespeare is such a stupid book, when you really think about it. I remember being young, asking my parents who Shakespeare is, and later asking if his plays were interesting, in their opinions. My dad liked Hamlet, but no one ever said anything about Macbeth. And then I discovered that I would be reading it for English class in tenth grade, and they both admitted that it's dumb. I didn't believe them, because Shakespeare is one of my favourite writers and I love the way he plays with words. And then I actually read this interesting story about greed and pride, and I discovered that they were completely right. Being a tragedy and all, we readers could immediately understand what to expect with this story: Macbeth is a tragic hero, therefore he dies, and others will die too, because of his great tragic flaw. It couldn't have been more dumber—but I was intrigued by this stupidity and the predictability of this great play. In the end, I must say that it was seriously great. Many people have issues enjoying/reading books that are required for them to read because of school. I rarely have had that issue, because I find that my English teachers are doing a good job with choosing books for the curriculum that people my age would actually enjoy/relate to. Macbeth isn't totally relatable, as we don't live in a period of time where Canada/America has a king or queen, but we always do undergo these phases of greed or jealousy. This tragic play by Shakespeare explores supernatural aspects in the midst of a time setting of royalty and power in Scotland. "See, see, our honour'd hostess.—The love that follows us sometime is our trouble, which still we thank as love. Herein I teach you how you shall bid God yield us for your pains and thank us for your trouble." It's a simple yet complex plot. Macbeth is a Thane of Glamis in Scotland, being successful in battle and being known as the courageous man in their land. He has a high reputation, and is admired by King Duncan. After three witches approach Macbeth and his friend Banquo and tell him that he will become Thane of Cawdor, and later King, Macbeth strives to make these prophecies come true. Banquo thinks that the witches were all in their heads, being hallucinations, but Macbeth is naïve enough to know that this is no joke. He murders Duncan, and becomes King, of course, keeping a hidden identity as a murderer/assassin. Of course, that's the climax moment. As every Shakespearean tragedy, the protagonist (or antagonist, as Macbeth is) undergoes this downfall or deterioration. That was the most interesting part of the play, in my opinion. Although I hated Macbeth's character so much as well as his utter stupidity compared to his kick-ass wife, Lady Macbeth, he was the highlight of the play and I felt that it was very important to pay close attention to his character. I was correct. Throughout the play, even though Shakespeare's use of language is very complex and nuts, compared to your average authors of modern day, or even other playwrights, I was so interested. Thank goodness my teacher did not give my class a pop quiz on who said what line. I would've died of fear. "What, sir, not yet at rest? The king's abed. He hath been in unusual pleasure and sent forth great largess to your offices. This diamond he greets your wife withal, by the name of most kind hostess, and shut up in measureless content." Macbeth is not as good as Romeo and Juliet, as I always look forward for some romance in the novels/plays I read, though I really enjoyed it. I felt a tight connection to the characters, and as soon as I realize how much I liked their character, they die. This kind of had the Game of Thrones vibe, I must say. From the start of the play, I had a feeling that I would rate this five stars, but that deteriorated a little in the middle where I couldn't stand Macbeth and his actions. Yes, that was supposed to occur, but it kind of got on my nerves, as intended. William Shakespeare always knows how to derive his stories from a perfect setting, well mostly because he was fortunate to have been living in that particular time period as well. No author could mix up a perfect play like this and mould such a good setting into it as Shakespeare has. With the ghosts, witches, royalty and different themes, I was in love.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of Shakespeare's Best A beautiful and intense tragedy built on symbolism and strong story elements. Definitely the Shakespeare work you want on your shelf.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! One of Shakespeare's greats! This play is short and to the point and is a must-read for everyone. There is no wasted time or dialogue.
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Classic Classic must read! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite! This is my favourite one of Shakespeares plays!
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bloody hell! This is S's most violent and brutal play, excepting Titus Andronicus (which isn't very good), but it's also one of his best. Lady M. is one of my favorite characters of all time.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Did not like it. I had to read it for school and didn't enjoy it.
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant!!! A play full of dark humors. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Saved My Life I really loved the play itself because the book was able to translate Shakespear into English. Really helpful and highly recommand to English learners.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite! My favourite from Shakespeare.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful book!! I liked reading this book even though the tone of this story is dark.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic Nothing more than a classic must read book! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must-Read I had to read this for school and at first, was sceptical to actually liking the play. I ended up loving Macbeth and embracing all of its wit, humour, and tragedy. A masterpiece! Anything from Shakespeare is of course a classic, but Macbeth really stands out as a favourite for me.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic I needed this for school, and it wasn't just helpful but it was a great read!
Date published: 2013-11-24
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