- Leather Bound: 252 pages
- Publisher: R C Brady (UK) Ltd; New edition edition (11 Mar. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1904346030
- ISBN-13: 978-1904346036
- Package Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.8 x 1.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (410 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,322,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Macbeth (Miniature classics) Leather Bound – 11 Mar 2002
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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
'I cannot recommend too highly the whole series (a bargain at £16.99 for each play) to all theatre lovers, theatregoers, theatre practitioners, and anybody who enjoys Shakespeare.' Robert Tanitch, What's on in London --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product description
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Equally subversive, she thinks, are the play's allusions to Robin Hood. Duke Senior's comradely courtiers are partners rather than subjects, and his court more communal than hierarchic. Together with the animal welfare concerns expressed in the play, the Duke's vegetarian tendencies (which echo the real-life courtier John Harington's) and Orlando's 'challenge to primogeniture' (it is he, after all, who inherits a dukedom), the 'alternative', revolutionary elements of AYL are neatly drawn attention to.
There are some inspired insights. Touchstone's 'dreadful joke', as Dusinberre calls it (about pancakes in 1.2), makes sense if the court performance at Richmond Palace took place on the Shrove Tuesday of 1599, as she thinks highly likely. She further suggests that some of the play's exotic features (like the lion in 3.2.) were matched by the elaborate wood carvings in Richmond's outer court, while Rosalind's reference to Troilus not dying for love might have been accompanied by a gesture to the tapestry depicting Troy hanging in Richmond's Great Hall where plays were performed.Read more ›
This is everything you need to understand the play along with the play in full.
The notes are described as 'extensive' and I would agree with that from the synopsis of the play to the contextual setting of Scotland, from the characters to the men their are based on this book covers it all. It can be heavy going at times but in a classroom setting I'm sure it becomes easier!
If your school hasn't recommended this book I would suggest you buy it. The explanations of the language throughout the play is very useful along with all the extra information makes this an excellent play, guide and revision book all in one.
However, the reason i only gave it four stars, was due to the fact that it arrived with the top right corner creased, being a perfectionist, and somebody who loves the feel of new books, that irritated me slightly.
Aside from that, it seems perfect for those of you buying this book to study it, in fact my daughter's school encouraged parents to get this particular book rather than other macbeth books. And,it's a great bargain considering that other book stores sell it for a more expensive price.
Longman is still an excellent publisher of Shakespeare for young people, as it was when I was teaching in the 80s and 90s, and the delivery of the book to his address was very quick. This was a very satisfactory purchase.
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Arrived quickly and in perfect condition - A great resource with easy to understand notes.Published 2 months ago by Kat Griffin