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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 ways--which 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.
Publisher: Hauppauge, N.Y. : Barron's, c2002
ISBN: 9780764120862
Branch Call Number: 822.33/T5 4565 1
Additional Contributors: Roth, Robert R. 1949-


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Aug 24, 2017

This play shows a nobleman in the beginning who turns corrupt from power and carefully executes those who cross his path, and this all started with a witches' prophecy. Macbeth and his friend Banquo defeat a pair of armies, they get rewarded, and then Macbeth sets out to become royalty by murdering the king and his friend. Epically Macbeth is beheaded by Macduff the Scottish nobleman with the help of Fleance the son of Banquo and inherits the throne. This was a great story, and simply put, about betrayal and how people can become carried away on maintaining their riches. I really liked this play, but most people my age probably wouldn't, and it was hard to read because of the language used in Shakespearian time, also how the format was.
- @Florence of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

May 02, 2017

Personally, I find that Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s most exciting and gripping plays. The fact that it is also short is beneficial for somebody who does not like to read very long texts or does not have much time to read in general. Since the vocabulary is somewhat confusing, No Fear Shakespeare can be very helpful for comprehension. If you research the history of the story of Macbeth and the reason behind why Shakespeare has written it this way, as well as the history of witches in that era, you will find the play to be even more intriguing than it already is.
- @reginaphalange of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Jun 02, 2016

This is not my personal favorite. The characters seem weak, the plot has gaps, and compared to other classics like Hamlet, Othello, and Romeo and Juliet, the entire story arc of Macbeth is not as polished.

Apr 11, 2016

I read MACBETH (the shortest of the Bard's plays) on Shakespeare Day and I don't regret it. For anyone starting Shakespeare, I recommend it as a nice jumping off point.

Dec 22, 2015

Shakespeare at his best.

MARIA95 Sep 07, 2015

Shakespearean plays are so beautiful and unforgettable. There is something about the character of Macbeth that makes this piece in particular stay in my head. Maybe it is the lesson that your ambitions can be fatal .

Jul 06, 2015

An amazing read for anyone who loves fantasy!

Jul 01, 2015

This book has a lot of plot going on and can be closely connected to Romeo and Juliet. It is a story about identity and trust. As in all Shakespeare books, there is a prominent moral at the end of the story.

May 19, 2015

Written in 1606, "The Tragedy of Macbeth" follows the story of a Scottish noble soldier named -- you guessed it! -- Macbeth. The story starts after a battle between Scotland and Norway in which Macbeth killed so many that he single-handedly won the war. King Duncan of Scotland gladly gives Macbeth a fancy title as the new Thane of Cawdor. However, when Macbeth hears a prophecy that he is destined to be king, his ambition takes over. With the help of his calculating wife, Macbeth does what it takes to live the life he wants, but for how long will it last? With Macbeth constantly being challenged by new foes, will he continue to reign or will he fall from the throne? You'll have to read it to find out. Like many of Shakespeare's plays, there are elements of history entrenched in the plot. The royal family was not without fault in the early seventeenth century, so Shakespeare took aim. History buffs will enjoy the nod to the witch-hunting traits of King James I of England (formerly James VI of Scotland) in "Macbeth". Furthermore, pay close attention to the final act, especially the character of Malcolm. The reflection of Duncan in his own son says more about the nature of the monarchy than if Shakespeare had outright screamed it onstage. It's tongue in cheek, but telling nonetheless. Rich with symbolism beyond the obvious, "Macbeth" is still a great read for those who don't give a flying fig about historical accuracy. It has a strong story that reads like a cautionary tale against greed. The Three Weird Sisters plant the seed, but never explicitly tell Macbeth to slaughter his way to the top. That's just one of the many aspects of "Macbeth" that I enjoyed. The bloodiness will appeal to those who like the "Song of Ice and Fire" series, while the manipulative nature of Lady Macbeth comes off like the latest installment in the "Gossip Girl" series. There's really something for everyone. Plus, it's brief, the shortest of Shakespeare's plays -- it tells a great story quickly rather than dragging it out until it becomes dull and flimsy. The language isn't difficult to understand with a little practice, but this Folger Shakespeare Library edition offers such detailed modern English translations page for page that even those who struggle with it can understand the Bard's point. My main complaint? The final act felt rushed, jumping from convenient death to convenient death to tie up loose ends. Other than that, I genuinely enjoyed Shakespeare's "Macbeth" and recommend this particular edition for its great translations and supplements.

Feb 11, 2015

This book was f***ing AWFUL.

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Jul 06, 2015

"Fair is foul, and foul is fair:
Hover through the fog and filthy air. "(1.1.12-13)

Jun 20, 2014

"Why should I play the Roman fool and die on mine own sword? Whiles I see lives, the gashes do better upon them."
- Macbeth in Act 5 Scene 8 on lines 1-3

Jun 20, 2014

"Why should I play the Roman fool and die on mine own sword? Whiles I see lives, the gashes do better upon them."
- Macbeth in Act 5 Scene 8 on lines 1-3

Jun 13, 2008

Nought's had, all's spent,
Where our desire is got without content.

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Nov 20, 2016

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Jul 08, 2015

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Jul 06, 2015

The play begins with the appearance of 3 witches who tell others of their future. Meanwhile The king's generals, Macbeth and Banquo fight in a battle for their King Duncan. Eventually after the battle, Macbeth is prophesized to be the future King and Banquo as the father of many Kings by the witches. Out of greed, Macbeth and his wife, Lady Macbeth plan to kill King Duncan in order to gain the throne. Many of the decisions Macbeth makes continues the play.

Jun 09, 2014

Macbeth by William Shakespeare is a novel that depicts the life of a man named Macbeth who is given a prophecy that sets him on a path he cannot escape. He is given the prophecy that he will become king by three witches. He is overcome by this prophecy and does a terrible deed to expedite the process. That action he took set him on a path of no return filled with sorrow and sadness.


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