- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: OUP Oxford (17 April 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199535833
- ISBN-13: 978-0199535835
- Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 2 x 12.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 171,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Tragedy of Macbeth: The Oxford Shakespeare (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – 17 Apr 2008
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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.
"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.See all Product Description
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Macbeth is a well-known play, dark, tight and swift-moving as it charts a narrative of ambition, assassination, murder and - perhaps above all - guilt. The psycho-pathology of both Macbeth and the superlative though chilling Lady Macbeth makes this seem very 'modern' in lots of way. The poetry here is magnificent, and new readers will find themselves coming across many well-known quotes.
So all in all this is a great edition of this play and especially useful for students, teachers and readers new to Shakespeare since it includes glosses and notes.
Tone of footnotes and introduction is, thankfully, never of awful dumbing-down that besets the Macmillan current editions,
References are all on the page rather than collected at the back of the book,
Paper is of a high quality,
Binding is solid,
Typeface is clear and elegant.
The play is set in Scotland. The king is Duncan. His not faithful lord, called "thane" in Scotland at the time, is Macbeth. And he has a wife who has become a symbol of all wives who relentlessly push their husbands to be "successful," and who is normally addressed with the misnomer of "Lady." ("That's no lady, that's my wife"...but I digress). As Cliff Notes will tell you, Duncan is murdered in his sleep, with those proverbial "long knives." Macbeth skillfully diverts the blame to his body guards, who are conveniently also killed (a death man tells no tales) while also casting suspicion on Duncan's sons, who have fled for their lives to further shores. How many times, throughout all the cultures and civilizations of the world, has this scenario basically unfolded?
Throughout many of his plays Shakespeare utilizes elements from the ancient Greek plays, such as prophecy and a "chorus" that predicts future events, often esoterically. In this play, Shakespeare uses three witches around a cauldron, stirring, and if there is one line that most people remember from the play, it is the first line of their chorus: "Double, double, toil and trouble.Read more ›
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