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The world’s leading center for Shakespeare studies.

Each edition includes:

• Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play

• Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play

• Scene-by-scene plot summaries

• A key to 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

• Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s vast holdings of rare books

Essay by Susan Snyder

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Barbara A. Mowat is the director of research emerita at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Consulting Editor of Shakespeare Quarterly, and author of The Dramaturgy of Shakespeare’s Romances and of essays on Shakespeare’s plays and their editing.

Paul Werstine is a professor of English at King’s University College and the graduate school at the University of Western Ontario. He is general editor of the New Variorum Shakespeare and author of many papers and articles on the printing and editing of Shakespeare’s plays.

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A Masterpiece "To the last syllable of recorded time." 10 avril 2005
Par CJ Mackelvane - Publié sur
Format: Poche
"Macbeth" comes out as one of William Shakespeare's darkest and murkiest plays, most likely as a result of being written during one of Shakespeare's darkest times in his own life. This play strays away from the more common Shakespearean formula that contains a hero and his demise resulting from a specific tragic flaw. In "MacBeth", the title character is not a hero, but rather a villian. MacBeth murders the king of Scotland to bring truth to a prophecy given to him by three witches (the famous "toil and trouble" sisters). After assuming the throne, MacBeth returns to the witches and requests to hear the circumstances of his own death. The witches tell MacBeth he cannot be killed by any "man of woman born." Under a false assumption of near immortality, MacBeth relaxes his gaurd and perhaps displays his own tragic flaw of over confidence.

Focusing on the power corrupt and merciless villain MacBeth and his dastardly and influential wife Lady MacBeth, this play works as a twisted look into a mind poisioned with greed and hate. Though pessimistic and disturbing, this play must not be dismissed. It contains some of the most poetic language and beautiful lines ever to be written. It is no mystery that MacBeth stands as one of the most quoted works in literature. It is however a mystery that Shakespeare could create something so magnificient in a period when he saw life as "...a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."
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Macbeth does murder sleep... 9 décembre 2010
Par Rodolfo Lazo de la Vega - Publié sur
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"Macbeth" is Shakespeare's most compact and perfectly constructed play. It's wordplay, emphasis on 'equivocation,' 'manhood,' and on 'murdered sleep' are interwoven into a rich tapestry of architectonic poetry and psychological insight dazzling even for its author. The dramatic work it most closely resembles in this regard is Sophocles' "Oedipus Tyrannus," which the poet most likely studied closely in Latin translation. Sigmund Freud thought that the central motif of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" was "the curse of childlessness." Unable to have children, Macbeth murders them. Lady Macbeth tells us that she has "given suck, and know how tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me." Yet when the heroic MacDuff is confronted with the loss of his wife and children his only explanation for the enormity of the crime is to say of Macbeth, "He has no children." We must thus assume that Lady Macbeth's child was from a previous marriage (this accords with Shakespeare's historical sources) and that the witches' prophecy about Banquo's succession has confirmed for him that Fate has indeed placed upon his head a "fruiltess crown" and into his hand "a barren scepter." The relationship between Macbeth and wife is one of the most intriguing, loving, yet dreadful in Shakespeare and the psychic evolution of the two as they drift apart is striking for how unforeseen yet truthful it strikes us. The hitherto strong-willed Lady Macbeth collapses with guilt while the weak-willed Macbeth, by his attempts to reclaim his masculinity through the achievement of power, becomes so bloodthirsty that he almost tames and thoroughly familiarizes himself with the dark powers that consume his unprepared wife.

Macbeth's soliloquies rival Othello's as the most powerful poetry Shakespeare has ever placed into the mouth of one of his characters. The entire work is a stunning poem. Among my favorite lines are Macbeth's haughty salutation of the witches, "How now, you secret, black, and midnight hags!," his "Tomorrow and tomorrow" speech and the Sophoclean

"Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood
Clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather
The multitudinous seas incarnadine,
Making the green one red."

"Macbeth" greatly rewards many re-readings and stands alongside "Oedipus Tyrannus," "King Lear," "Prometheus Bound" and "Othello" as one of the half-dozen great plays. It is a psychologically powerful work about evil, how a destructive action injures in the attempt to soothe, and the desires born of one's own weaknesses to obliterate the presence of others in order to make room for oneself. The New Folger Library edition is strongly recommended.
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Yale's may be the best edition of Macbeth 31 décembre 2005
Par kaream - Publié sur
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Virtually all editions of Macbeth will have at least some annotations. Rummaging through five different editions, I preferred the Yale University Press version, edited by Burton Raffel, as having the most comprehensive and comprehensible notes, as well as an excellent introduction to Shakespeare's play. Raffel not only explains the meanings of obscure words, but also gives brief notes pertaining to relevant history, geography, stage directions, etc, that are rarely addressed as fully by other editors. In addition, Raffel frequently gives the proper way to stress the syllables in a line when reading it aloud, which can be extremely helpful. (However, in most places these stresses need to be very subtle, so that you don't sound like "taDUM taDUM taDUM".) And Yale's page layout is among the clearest that I've seen.

(To find this edition: at Avanced Search, enter ISBN 0300106548; or, enter Macbeth as title, and either Raffel as author or Yale as publisher.)

As a bonus, this edition includes at the back a long essay on the play by Harold Bloom. This is not an uninteresting commentary, but Bloom desperately needs a good editor. His essay is not only at least three times longer than it should be, but is startlingly repetitious. Yale would have been wise to have asked Bloom for a rewrite.
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Macbeth, The Selfish One. 8 janvier 2014
Par Bridget Wood - Publié sur
Format: Poche Achat vérifié
Shakespeare surprises me again with another one of his classics, Macbeth. The story takes place in Scotland, ruled by the Scottish King Duncan. Macbeth, the main character of the play, and Banquo are the Kings generals. They were very successful with defeated two armies, one from Ireland and one from Norway. The king praised his brave generals, but that was enough for Macbeth. He wanted to be king. So he sets his mind to do so. Macbeth is not the only one who wants him to be in power. Lady Macbeth, being his wife wanting the wealth and attention, has the same dream. A dream to have King Duncan murdered. Macbeth stabs Duncan in his sleep, but plan to blame it on the chamberlains. But how do they do it? By getting the chamberlains drunk, so when they wake up the next morning, their memory would be gone. Giving Macbeth the right to assume the kingship. But there is still an obstacle in the way. Banquo is just as worthy to become king as Macbeth is. So what does Macbeth presume to do? He hires three murders to kill Banquo to assure he becomes the king of Scotland. The murders were also ordered to kill Banquo son, Fleance, but he escapes into the night before they could reach him. Macbeth’s rage grows inside, as he is still afraid his kingship is in danger. The Macduff and Prince Malcom, family of King Duncan, finds out about Macbeth’s whereabouts from Fleance, they want to challenge Macbeth’s forces. Macduff and Prince Malcom’s forces were much stronger against Macbeth’s. Macduff approached Macbeth, then proceeds to kill and then behead Macbeth, giving the power over to the Prince. Shakespeare gives us examples of tragedy throughout this whole play. Macbeth showed selfishness and greed, giving us a life lesson to appreciate the things we have and have to come to us in the future.
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One of the darkest and most powerful tragedies ever written by a true master of his craft, which is my favorite of his works. 26 octobre 2012
Par Lucinda - Publié sur
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Undeniably astounding and breathtaking Shakespeare is considered one of the greatest play writers that has ever lived, and once you read his work is it clear to see why. Macbeth (or the Scottish play) has to be one of my favorites that I studied innumerable times at school and whilst at college studying English Literature. It is so powerful, moving and poignant that it never fails in moving audiences to tears, with his words striking a cord in our hearts and minds forever. It is full of deep meaning and purpose, written with such intent as to have you standing on the very edge of despair one minute to undeniably feeling electric intensity and passion. Set in Scotland, the play dramatizes the corroding psychological and political effects produced when its protagonist, the Scottish lord Macbeth, chooses evil as the way to fulfill his ambition for power. He commits regicide to become king and then furthers his moral descent with a reign of murderous terror to stay in power, eventually plunging the country into civil war. In the end he loses everything that gives meaning and purpose to his life before losing his life itself. It is Shakepeares shortest, bloodiest tragedy that tells of great ambition and greed with the concequences of the protagonists actions being clear and direct. Cosumed by evil thoughts Macbeth comes to a sticky end as he endures years of guilt, paranoia that leads to madness. The bloodbath swiftly takes Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into realms of arrogance, madness and eventual death.
Over the course of many centuries, the play has attracted some of the most renowned actors to the roles of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. It has been adapted to film, television, opera, novels, comic books and other media. It contains some of the most reconizable and distinctive characters within great literature (from Duncan the King of Scotland to Banquo and Macduff), that remain to this day a part of literary history that is so important. Shakepeare's works have defined and shaped the world and the written word, hence he should never be forgotten nor overlooked as one of the most remarkable men who ever graced this earth.
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