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Macbeth (The RSC Shakespeare) Paperback – 23 Apr 2009
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Always a joy to read this offers so much and by sitting back and reading the play rather than viewing it, perhaps it is easier to take in all the themes and elements. We know what texts Shakespeare used to write this and thus where the inspiration came from, and of course we know as with a lot of his works history is re-written for the play, and thus facts are treated quite loosely. And so, we see what happens when Macbeth is confronted by three witches, and how their prophecy is more akin to a riddle. Giving an idea to Macbeth that we are never sure if he had had before, so his unfettered ambition is let loose, as he plots to become king.
With unbridled lust for power caused by his overpowering ambition, so we then follow Macbeth as we see what happens afterwards. With his wife in full knowledge of what is going to be done, and then done, so we gradually see these two characters overcome with guilt and fear that they will be found out. This gives these two characters an extreme intensity, and we see Macbeth seeing an apparition, and his wife continually rubbing her hands together, as if still washing off blood.
Short compared to other tragedies by Shakespeare this is a powerful and thoughtful play and makes us think about certain aspects which are still with us today. There is the feel of political manoeuvring going on in the background all the time, and thus we can see elements played out before us in modern politics, although in countries such as ours, without the actual bloodshed.
This is a great play to view as well as read and will always remain relevant whilst human nature stays as it is. Like many I have read this numerous times over the years and have never become bored with it, showing the power that Shakespeare still has over us. If you have never read this before then you are in for a treat.