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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.
"It's hard to see how the New Folger Library's section on Shakespeare's language could be much better. An exceptionally good choice for an introductory text".-- The Shakespeare Newsletter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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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.
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Excellent publication. Having the notes on the same page rather than at the end of the play is very helpfulPublished 2 months ago by Cliente Amazon
Easy to read and understand. Bought as recommended by school for my son.Published 3 months ago by Yasmin Akhtar