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Macbeth: No Fear Shakespeare (Spark Notes) [Paperback]

William Shakespeare
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18 Nov 2004 1586638467 978-1586638467
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

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Spark Notes (18 Nov 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586638467
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586638467
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.4 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's preeminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His surviving works, including some collaborations, consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire and was baptised on 26 April 1564. Thought to have been educated at the local grammar school, he married Anne Hathaway, with whom he went on to have three children, at the age of eighteen, before moving to London to work in the theatre. Two erotic poems, Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece were published in 1593 and 1594 and records of his plays begin to appear in 1594 for Richard III and the three parts of Henry VI. Shakespeare's tragic period lasted from around 1600 to 1608, during which period he wrote plays including Hamlet and Othello. The first editions of the sonnets were published in 1609 but evidence suggests that Shakespeare had been writing them for years for a private readership.

Shakespeare spent the last five years of his life in Stratford, by now a wealthy man. He died on 23 April 1616 and was buried in Holy Trinity Church in Stratford. The first collected edition of his works was published in 1623.

(The portrait details: The Chandos portrait, artist and authenticity unconfirmed. NPG1, © National Portrait Gallery, London)

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One of Shakespeare's greatest, but also bloodiest tragedies, was written around 1605 to 1606. Many have seen the story of Macbeth's murder and usurpation of the legitimate Scottish King Duncan as having obvious connection to contemporary issues regarding King James I (James VI of Scotland), and the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. King James was particularly fascinated with witchcraft, so the appearance of the witches chanting "Fair is foul, and foul is fair" at the opening of the play seemed particularly topical, as was Macbeth's betrayal of Banquo, from whom James claimed direct descent.

However, the play is clearly far more than a piece of royal entertainment. It is also a fast-moving and dramatically satisfying piece of theatre. Macbeth's existential struggle between loyalty to his King and his "Vaulting ambition" is fascinating to watch, as his is struggle with Lady Macbeth, and her own terrifying refusal of her maternal role. The play shows an intensification of Shakespeare's interest in mothers and their effect upon ruling masculinity, and also contains some of the most memorable speeches in the entire canon, including Macbeth's reflections that ultimately life "is a tale/Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,/Signifying nothing". --Jerry Brotton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"The explosive and overwhelming effect of a truck bomb...this horrific, riveting "Macbeth" ought to be seen by as many people as possible." -- Terry Teachout, "The Wall Street Journal" --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars about time! 9 Oct 2007
Format:Paperback
I absolutely hated Shakespeare at school. To me, it was all utterly incomprehensible gobbledigook. Thus, I whiled away the lessons with a secret comic stuffed in the pages, proudly failing my English Literature 'O' level, happy that I had would never forget this rubbish as I had deliberately not learned a word of it in the space of two years of enforced study. So now, twenty-two years later, I felt somewhat embarrassed in a business course recently where the trainer made some funny anecdote about an actor not being able to see a dagger and thus giving a poor performance.. Intrigued, my search led me to the website of this book. I immediately bought it and read it enthralled, cover to cover, in the space of two days. If only we had had this at school! The book is very nicely laid out : one side of a double page is the original, the other a modern English translation. The beauty of this book is that it does not preach to you about what is important to understand for an exam; it is purely a translation. The translation makes no attempt at maintaining any of the poetic nature of the original, it is purely and simply, plain English. The side-by-side format allows you to read a passage in modern English, and then at-a-glance read the original text and try to work out the meaning. Doing this you find that it is possible to understand, on a second reading, the original text, even though it made no sense on first reading. The translation about the 'insane root' being 'drugs' was hilarious, and with reflection could be understood, as in those days they would undoudtedly have known the effects of mistakenly eating wild plant tubers like fools parsley and hemlock. The story of Macbeth itself is utterly gripping; I could hardly put the book down. Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Value for money or what! 21 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It's Macbeth, it's Shakespeare. This is an excellently priced publication for students and anyone else who has to read or study large amounts of literature. My only complaint is that it doesn't include the Dramatis Personae at the beginning. Otherwise, perfect.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 14 Mar 2011
By Rose
Format:Paperback
I'm a Mature student and a first time reader of Shakespear and particularly Macbeth. I could not have done my first essay without the support and help of 'No Fear Shakespeare' - which translated the play for me in plain every day English. First class read, easy to understand, enjoyable and highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Macbeth Made easy 11 Feb 2012
Format:Paperback
My son found this book on Macbeth, No Fear, very easy to read and to understand the story of Macbeth, which in his original school book was very hard to understand. Even his friends at school have taken a loan of this book to help them to.
Would highly recommend this book for any school child that is studying Macbeth for their GCSE.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Used for an acting summer school 21 Aug 2010
Format:Paperback
I bought a number of these for a summer school run at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow as it was the prefered edition for the acting lecturer. Useful notations and easy to follow very useful for those studying the text in depth and those who wish to perform the text.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Macbeth is actually very interesting! 11 Mar 2011
By M
Format:Paperback
This book seriosly helped me understand Shakespeare language perfectly.
It helped me get through my english essay without any problems whereas other people that
didnt have this book struggled very much.
However I still would read other Shakespeare plays now that I know I'll be able to understand it. :D sooo im very happy with it :D
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4.0 out of 5 stars helpful notes 7 Oct 2010
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This book seems as though it will be just right for my son who will be studying Macbeth next term - clear and helpful translations which should help him to get started with Shakespeare.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 12 July 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good in terms of understanding
Published 2 days ago by AndrewBurton
5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare the easy way.
Chose this because I had purchased other titles in the "No Fear Shakespeare" series before. Found this one equally as good. Made the understanding of the play much easier. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Auntie B
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
just what my son needed for helping him study Macbeth for his exam, hopefully he will get a pass with the help of this book
Published 4 months ago by MO311
4.0 out of 5 stars good for exam
I study a level english literature and this has been really good to use. Came on time and was as expected.
Published 4 months ago by Asha Carsmith
4.0 out of 5 stars A comfortable read and suitable for learning parts
Having a part to learn I quickly read the whole play and copied out (my way of learning) the appropriate sections.
Published 5 months ago by Mr. C. M. Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars a great study companion
used this for my cousin's o'levels. was a good support for him. Simply explained, he started to understand and like shakespear
Published 6 months ago by lidram
3.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version does not have translation
I purchased this as I wanted the translation and as I needed it quickly I thought I would get the kindle version. Unfortunately the kindle version does not have a translation. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mrs. C. S. Mcmillan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Publiscation
My daughter is studying this play and found the Shakespeare language difficult to understand but this book gives the original play and a modern translation. Read more
Published 9 months ago by heather heron
4.0 out of 5 stars luv it
takes a while to get into the usesof language at the time but found good reading, still trickery and dealings underhand even today
Published 9 months ago by Bob P
5.0 out of 5 stars intelligent read
How much more when read for leisure than being made to when in school !!!!! Will try other similar in future
Published 10 months ago by Ann Geddes
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