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Critical and historical notes accompany Shakespeare's drama of murder, political ambition, and the persistence of guilt.

Oxford University Press
The Oxford School Shakespeare has become the preferred introduction to the literary legacy of the greatest playwright in the English language. This exclusive collection of the Bard's best works has been designed specifically for readers new to Shakespeare's rich literary legacy. Each play is presented complete and unabridged, in large print. Every book is well illustrated, and starts with a commentary and character summary. Scene synopses and character summaries clarify confusing plots, while incisive essays explore the historical context and Shakespeare's sources. Each book ends with a complete list of Shakespeare's plays and a brief chronology of the Bard's life. The detailed explanatory notes are written clearly and positioned right next to the text--no more squinting at microscopic footnotes or flipping pages back and forth in search of endnotes!
The new edition of the series features new covers and new illustrations, including both new drawings and photos from recent productions of Shakespeare's plays around the globe. In addition, the notes and the introductory material have been completely revised in line with new research and in order to make them clearer and more accessible. Finally, the entire text has been redesigned and reset to enhance readability. The new edition achieves the feat of unprecedented clarity of presentation without any cuts to the original text or the detailed explanations.

Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2001.
Edition: [New ed.].
ISBN: 9780198320227
Characteristics: xxvi, 126 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Gill, Roma


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Dec 12, 2016

This is my favourite Shakespeare play I have read as of yet. For some reason I found myself much more captivated by the story and I enjoyed reading this play much more than any other play of Shakespeare’s. I love how the story comes full circle and I finished the book feeling like the story was complete. There were many recurring motifs and themes and I saw a lot of connections within the story that help the readers understand the overall message and meaning. This play was really cool to read and I would love to see it live on stage one day. I would recommend that teens who like Shakespeare read this. I rate it 4/5.
- @potterhead of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

As a part of an English Class, we had to read this book for our assignments and essay. The language, as any Shakespeare play, was very elaborate and a bit difficult to follow along. But sometimes, you just have to catch sight of the bigger picture to move through harder times. I knew Lady Macbeth was an important character in this play before I read the play because she was mentioned in a previous work of literature that I had read. I just didn't know why, but I guess now I do. Macbeth is actually such a unique character that I don't even know if I want to relate to him. At some parts, maybe, but not when he "unseam'd him from the naves to th'chaps." 4.5/5
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Macbeth, an excellent soldier, the kings kinsman, is contacted by three witches one day. The three witches tell him that he is going to be the king when the time comes, and soon he will be rewarded and get titles. When Macbeth gets the titles that the three witches had told him about, he starts to believe in their sayings deeply. He is ambitious and starts to have these evil thoughts about killing the king so that he can be in power soon. He tells the news to his lady, and Lady Macbeth is even more into this idea than Macbeth. When Macbeth starts to think that it might not be the best idea to kill the King, Lady Macbeth calls him a coward and "forces" him to do it. (Though killing the King was not their only killing.) Being so guilty and scared, Macbeth has to kill everyone that he thinks is a threat to him or suspects him. Lady Macbeth goes crazy and kills herself... William Shakespeare's Macbeth is an amazing, tragic play. I highly recommend it. The movie is very good as well.
- @mockingbird of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Of all of William Shakespeare's plays, Macbeth is definitely my favourite. And scholars agree - many claim it to be Shakespeare's second greatest work, only falling behind Hamlet. And for good reason, as well. The tale of a Scottish soldier overcome by his own hamartia (his ambition) when egged on by three mysterious witches and his wife is gripping and intense. Shakespeare, as always, does a fantastic job at outlining each character's needs and wants, making every single character - even poor Fleance - three-dimensional. The blood bath that ensues is wholly emotional and will cause you to think of your own morality. Ultimately, the masterful play provides many questions - but little answers.
- @reallylikesmusicals of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jan 12, 2013

Most people have at some point heard that absolute power corrupts absolutely. Just how far will someone go to obtain power, and will they still be able to live with themselves once they have achieved it? This is clearly evident in one of the most highly anticipated play of all times, Macbeth. Macbeth, the name of a corrupt king provides the reader with a stark harsh reality of ultra-ego and wrong intentions leading a complete demise. Macbeth, written in 1606, is one of William Shakespeare’s most well-known plays. It follows the Scottish nobleman Macbeth’s descent into madness and murder after he and his wife commit regicide to take control of the throne and fulfil their own ambitions. The story line, characters and plot of Macbeth are so intriguing, that a person cannot finish stop until they finish. Macbeth contains many versatile ideas, therefore can appeal to a larger audience. From the three mysterious witches, to the clever schemes of Lady Macbeth and the noble honesty of King Duncan. A reader can relate to the pool of moral ideas, in one way or another. Macbeth is a timeless tale of political intrigue interspersed with witches and battle scenes to entertain all of us who like our stories with a dash of adventure. Macbeth is a satire drama , that tell the fact that anybody who spill blood or collaborate in the process will never see good at the end of his or her time, they will leave as reckless people , people with no rest of mind , some will lose their brain , some will keep seeing bizarre thing that will be disturbing their life until the time come to go . The story of Macbeth is about ambition at its excess, believe in false myth. Which can ultimately reflect moral and dramatic trends of today.

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Sep 26, 2011

even though this is a tragic play filled with superstition & death, it is by far one of Shakespeare's best works

Sep 26, 2011

A great classic. What I like about this play was the amazing portrayal of its message. It truly shows how greed, lust for power and ambition combined can be destructive to a person. Though it is a tragedy, the involvement of the witches and the funny porter scene gave readers a break from all the chaos that's been happening. Shakespeare's Macbeth is worth reading.


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Sep 26, 2011

And oftentimes, to win us to our harm,
The instruments of darkness tell us truths,
Win us with honest trifles, to betray's
In deepest consequence.
--Banquo, Act I, scene iii


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