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Macbeth (The Annotated Shakespeare) [Kindle Edition]

William Shakespeare , Professor Burton Raffel
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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Perhaps no other Shakespearean drama so engulfs its readers in the ruinous journey of surrender to evil as does Macbeth. A timeless tragedy about the nature of ambition, conscience, and the human heart, the play holds a profound grip on the Western imagination.



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Amazon.co.uk Review

One of Shakespeare's greatest, but also bloodiest tragedies, was written around 1605/06. 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

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One of Shakespeare's greatest, but also bloodiest tragedies, was written around 1605/06. 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


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1927 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; New edition edition (8 Mar. 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002VED6VS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #280,381 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for students! 4 Dec. 2008
By Tealady2000 VINE VOICE
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I bought this for my son because he is studying Macbeth at school but after our family went to see the play I ended up reading it myself and I thoroughly enjoyed it. There is loads of extra material about the origins of the story, about Shakespeare himself and about the characters and what they symbolise. Throughout the script, the meanings of unfamiliar words and phrases are clearly explained. There are also lots of photos from different RSC productions of the play, showing well-known actors and actresses in the leading roles (I really like the one of Ian McKellen and Judi Dench). I certainly felt I understood a lot more about the play after reading this book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Version 3 May 2014
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Yale's version of Macbeth comes with brilliant notes and I agree with previous recommendation of their paperback version. However, the kindle version doesn't even have the Acts and Scenes in the table of contents, making navigation an absurd struggle. Not providing simple page links to navigate between scenes is not only negligent, its outright ridiculous.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good second user GCSE book 4 Jan. 2014
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Wasn't sure about purchasing a second user book for my son's GCSE coursework (in case he was compromised at school) but apart from the previous school's stamp on the first page (covered this up with a sticky label) rest of book was clean and with no rips, so was usable as described on Amazon's website.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly the version i needed 28 Dec. 2013
By Alice
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if you are studying Macbeth in school, as I am, then this is the exact version used by most teachers (may want to check first) and has the script, explanations of the Shakespearean language as well as many hints and tips about analysing it.

just what I needed and asked for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful! 19 May 2015
By Leanne
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This book includes the story of Macbeth and on the bottom of each page is translated into modern language which has helped me understand the play a hell of a lot more than I would've. It's great for anyone studying the play at University!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arden Shakespeare is the way to go! 27 Nov. 2007
By Robbie Swale VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Shakespeare's classic - full of intrigue, excitement and extremely famous lines - is presented in my by far preferred edition - Arden. It's on high quality paper, has great introductions written by current experts on Shakespeare, and has notes to accompany the text to give all but the most knowledgable Shakespeare readers something new to learn (at least according to my more knowledgable friends!). And most importantly from my point of view, the notes that accompany the Arden edition are complete enough for me (a relative novice), to learn and understand far more of Shakespeare's texts than I ever have before!

I firmly believe that the Arden editions are the way forward for Shakespeare buyers to go!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great 21 May 2014
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I like the Cambridge school Shakespeare books. I have written a version of Macbeth for Year Six pupils to perform and needed a good book with ideas for drama to get into role. It fits the bill perfectly.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rapt Withal 13 Jan. 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Shakespeare's shortest and bloodiest tragedy, MACBETH, is also possibly the most serious. Macbeth is a warrior who has just had his greatest victory, but his own "vaulting ambition," the spectral promises of the three weird sisters, and the spurring on of his wife drive him to a treason and miserable destruction for which he himself is completely responsible. The ominous imagery of the fog that hovers over the first scene of the play symbolizes the entire setting of the play. Shakespeare's repeated contrasts of such concepts as fair and foul, light and darkness, bravery and cowardice, cut us to the quick at every turn. MACBETH forces us to question "what is natural?" "what is honor?" and "Is life really 'a tale/ Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury/ Signifying nothing?'" Few plays have ever illustrated the torments of Guilt (especially how it deprives one of Sleep) so vividly and stirringly.
I have read this play curiously as a child, excitedly as a teenager, passionately as a college student, and lovingly as a graduate student... and adult. Like all of Shakespeare's writing, it is still as fresh, and foreboding, and marvelous as ever. As a play it is first meant to be heard (cf. Hamlet says "we shall hear a play"), secondarily to be seen (which it must be), but, ah, the rich rewards of reading it at one's own pace are hard to surpass. The Arden edition of MACBETH is an excellent scholarly presentation, offering a bounty of helpful notes and information for both the serious and casual reader.
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