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Macbeth ❴Read❵ ➪ Macbeth Author William Shakespeare – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk One night on the heath, the brave and respected general Macbeth encounters three witches who foretell that he will become king of Scotland At first sceptical, he s urged on by the ruthless, single min One night on the heath, the brave and respected general Macbeth encounters three witches who foretell that he will become king of Scotland At first sceptical, he s urged on by the ruthless, single minded ambitions of Lady Macbeth, who suffers none of her husband s doubt But seeing the prophecy through to the bloody end leads them both spiralling into paranoia, tyranny, madness, and murderThis shocking tragedy a violent caution to those seeking power for its own sake is, to this day, one of Shakespeare s most popular and influential masterpieces.

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About the Author: William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare baptised April was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world s pre eminent dramatist He is often called England s national poet and the Bard of Avon or simply The Bard His surviving works consist of plays, sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems His plays have been translated into every major living language, and are performedoften than those of any other playwrightShakespeare was born and raised in Stratford upon Avon Scholars believe that he died on his fifty second birthday, coinciding with St George s DayAt the age of he married Anne Hathaway, who bore him three children Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith Between and he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part owner of the playing company the Lord Chamberlain s Men, later known as the King s Men He appears to have retired to Stratford around , where he died three years later Few records of Shakespeare s private life survive, and there has been considerable speculation about such matters as his sexuality, religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were written by othersShakespeare produced most of his known work between and His early plays were mainly comedies and histories, genres he raised to the peak of sophistication and artistry by the end of the sixteenth century Next he wrote mainly tragedies until about , including Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth, considered some of the finest examples in the English language In his last phase, he wrote tragicomedies, also known as romances, and collaborated with other playwrights Many of his plays were published in editions of varying quality and accuracy during his lifetime, and in , two of his former theatrical colleagues published the First Folio, a collected edition of his dramatic works that included all but two of the plays now recognised as Shakespeare sShakespeare was a respected poet and playwright in his own day, but his reputation did not rise to its present heights until the nineteenth century The Romantics, in particular, acclaimed Shakespeare s genius, and the Victorians hero worshipped Shakespeare with a reverence that George Bernard Shaw called bardolatry In the twentieth century, his work was repeatedly adopted and rediscovered by new movements in scholarship and performance His plays remain highly popular today and are consistently performed and reinterpreted in diverse cultural and political contexts throughout the worldAccording to historians, Shakespeare wrote plays and sonnets throughout the span of his life Shakespeare s writing average was plays a year since he first started writing in There have been plays and sonnets attributed to Shakespeare that were not authentically written by the great master of language and literature.



10 thoughts on “Macbeth

  1. Annie Annie says:

    Ladies and gentlemen, may I present A Thing You Probably Didn t Want But Are Going To Get Anyway Macbeth, in GIFs Witches King Duncan to Macbeth Macbeth to King secretly Lady Macbeth Macbeth Lady Macbeth to Macbeth Macbeth to Duncan Everyone Malcom and Donalbain Macbeth Macbeth to Banquo Macbeth Fleance Malcolm to Macduff Macduff and Malcom Macbeth Lady Macbeth Lady Macbeth Macbeth Army Macbeth Macbeth Witc Ladies and gentlemen, may I present A Thing You Probably Didn t Want But Are Going To Get Anyway Macbeth, in GIFs Witches King Duncan to Macbeth Macbeth to King secretly Lady Macbeth Macbeth Lady Macbeth to Macbeth Macbeth to Duncan Everyone Malcom and Donalbain Macbeth Macbeth to Banquo Macbeth Fleance Malcolm to Macduff Macduff and Malcom Macbeth Lady Macbeth Lady Macbeth Macbeth Army Macbeth Macbeth Witches Everyone

  2. David David says:

    Don t you kind of hate how we ve entered the decadent phase of Goodreads wherein perhaps fifty percent orof the reviews written by non teenagers and non romancers are now naked and unabashed in their variously effective attempts at being arch, wry, meta, parodic, confessional, and or snarky Don t you kind of pine secretly, in the marrow of your gut s merry druthers for the good ol days of Goodreads known then as GodFearingGoodlyReading.com when all reviews were uniformly plainspoke Don t you kind of hate how we ve entered the decadent phase of Goodreads wherein perhaps fifty percent orof the reviews written by non teenagers and non romancers are now naked and unabashed in their variously effective attempts at being arch, wry, meta, parodic, confessional, and or snarky Don t you kind of pine secretly, in the marrow of your gut s merry druthers for the good ol days of Goodreads known then as GodFearingGoodlyReading.com when all reviews were uniformly plainspoken, merely utilitarian, unpretentious, and above all else dull, dull, dull Don t you kind of hate when people say don t you think this way or feel that way in an effort to goad you both psychologically and grammatically into agreeing with them In the words of ABBA I do, I do, I do , I do, I do.Well, because the interwebs is a world in which the past stands shoulder to shoulder with the present and with fetish porn , we can revisit the past in its inviolable presentness any time we wish Or at least until this website finally tanks.Consider won t you Matt Nieberle s review of Macbeth in its entirety I have bound it with a heavy rope and dragged it here for your perusal Please understand that many a sic are implied in the following reviews its really complicated and stupid why cant we be reading like Romeo and Juliet at least that book is good There you have it Refreshingly, not a review written in one of the witch s voices or alluding to Hillary and Bill Clinton or discussing the reviewer s first period Just a primal yell unleashed into the dark wilderness of the cosmos Yes, Mr Nieberle is probably a teenager, but I admire his ability to strongarm the temptation to be clever or ironic Don t you He speaks the native language of the idk generation with an economy and a clarity that renders his convictions all theemphatic Here s MICHAEL s review of the same play You may know MICHAEL he is the Problems Architect here at Goodreads A problematic title itself in that it implies that he designs problems which might be the case, for all I know This book shouldn t be required reading reading plays that you don t want to read is awful.Reading a play kinda sucks to begin with, if it was meant to be read, then it would be a novel, not a play On top of that the teach had us students read the play aloud on person for each character for a couple pages None of us had read the play before None of us wanted to read it I made the mistake of taking the easy english class for 6 years The teacher picked students that looked like they weren t paying attention All of this compounded to make me pretty much hate reading classics for something like 10 years granted macbeth alone wasn t the problem.I also hate iambic pentameter.Pure activism there STOP the mandatory reading of plays It s wrong, morally and academically Plus it can really fuck up your GPA There s no wasteful extravagance in this editorial no fanfare, no fireworks, no linked photos of half naked, oiled up, big bosomed starlets, no invented dialogues between the author and the review writer It s simple and memorable Being required to read plays is wrong, and if you require anyone, under duress, to read a play then you have sinned and are going to hell, if you believe in hell If not, you re going to the DMV.I am also tired of all you smug spelling snobs You damnable fascists with your new fangled dictionaries and your fancy schmancy spell check Sometimes the passionate immediacy of a message overcomes its spelling limitations Also, in this age when we are taught to respect each other s differences, it seems offensively egocentric and mean spirited to expect others to kowtow to your petty linguistic rules Artistic expression will free itself no matter how you try to shackle it.That s your cue, Aubrey.In my personal opinion, the play Macbeth was the worste peice ever written by Shakespeare, and this is saying quite a bit considering i also read his Romeo and Juliet Ontop of it s already unbelievable plot, unrealistic characters and absolutly discusting set of morals, Shakespeare openly portrays Lady Macbeth as the true vilian in the play Considering she is mearly the voice in the back round and Macbeth himself is truely committing the hideous crimes, including murder and fraud, I do not see why it is so easy to assume that Macbeth would be willing to do good instead of evil if only his wife werepossitive I believe that this play is uterally unrealistic.But the following is by far the ne plus ultra of classic book reviewing While succinct and without any distracting inclination to coyness or cuteness, Jo s review alludes to a bitterness so profound that it is inexpressible One imagines a few Signet Classic Editions hacked to bits with pruning shears in Jo s vicinity.I hate this play So much so that I can t even give you any analogies or similes as to how much I despise it An incrementally snarkier type might have said something like I hate this play like a simile I can t come up with Not Jo She speaks a raw, undecorated truth unfit for figurative language And there s certainly nothing wrong with that Once in a great while, when you get neck deep in dandified pomo hijinks, it s a nice wallow in the hog pen you re itchin for Thank you, Jo I love you and your futile grasping at similes that can t approach the bilious hatred in your heart You are mine, and I am yours Figuratively speaking, of course And now here s my review Macbeth by William Shakespeare is the greatest literary work in the English language, and anyone who disagrees is an asshole and a dumbhead

  3. Madeline Madeline says:

    Years after first adding this to my Shakespeare shelf, I finally sat down and did it So here, long overdue, isThe Scottish Play, abridged WITCHES Bibbity bobbity boo Time to fuck with the mortals DUNCAN Isn t Macbeth great Now there s a guy I can always trust to have my back I should promote him.MACBETH AND DUNCAN WEEEEE ARE THE CHAMPIONS, MY FRIEEEENDS YES WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS, WEEEE ARE THE CHAMPIONS, NO TIME FOR WITCHES ThaneofGlamisandCawdorandFutureKingsayswhat MACBETH What WIT Years after first adding this to my Shakespeare shelf, I finally sat down and did it So here, long overdue, isThe Scottish Play, abridged WITCHES Bibbity bobbity boo Time to fuck with the mortals DUNCAN Isn t Macbeth great Now there s a guy I can always trust to have my back I should promote him.MACBETH AND DUNCAN WEEEEE ARE THE CHAMPIONS, MY FRIEEEENDS YES WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS, WEEEE ARE THE CHAMPIONS, NO TIME FOR WITCHES ThaneofGlamisandCawdorandFutureKingsayswhat MACBETH What WITCHES Oh, and Banquo, your kids are going to be kings someday Good luck working that one out POOFvanish BANQUO Dude.MACBETH Great news, honey I meet these witches and they told me I was gonna be the thane of Cawdor and then BAM the king promoted me, and they also said I was gonna be king someday, so I guess Duncan s going to make me his heir or something.LADY MACBETH Cool I ll invite him over and then you can kill him.MACBETH I wait, what LADY MACBETH KILL THE KING, YOU PUSSY DUNCAN Hey, Macbeth, how s my favorite MACBETH I KEEL YOU DUNCAN S SONS GTFO BANQUO So anyway, son, apparently you re going to be king someday, but I don t really see how since now Macbeth s the king, but anywayASSASSIN I KEEL YOU BANQUO S SON GTFO MACBETH Hey there, nice witches, I need some help I just saw Duncan s ghost and I ve been killing a lot of people and my wife s losing what few marbles she had to begin with LADY MACBETH THE BLOOD IS THE LIFE THE BLOOD IS THE LIFE I KEEL MYSELF offstage MACBETH and I m not so sure about this whole prophecy thing any.WITCHES Don t sweat it, you can t be killed by any man born of woman, and you won t really be in trouble until the forest starts moving.MACBETH Wait, didn t something kind of like that happen in The Lord of the Rings WITCHES NO Also, watch out for Macduff.MACBETH Cool, I ll go kill his whole family now.WITCHES This is just too much fun We should have thought of this years ago.MACDUFF Macbeth, you are SO going down MACBETH Joke s on you, sucker I can t be killed by anyone born of woman, and since Caesarians haven t been invented you oh shit MACDUFF I KEEL YOU WITCHES More popcorn, Hecate THE END

  4. Bill Kerwin Bill Kerwin says:

    Macbeth is Shakespeare s darkest play not only because of the restricted palette of its images shades of black varied with bright red blood but also because, in the play s world of warfare and witchcraft, its hero is half damned from the start Inured to violence, prone to superstition, Macbeth struggles with the hags predictions in the depth of his soul But his wife, fiercely ambitious, never struggles When he is haunted by his imagination, she is steadfast preparing everything, looking a Macbeth is Shakespeare s darkest play not only because of the restricted palette of its images shades of black varied with bright red blood but also because, in the play s world of warfare and witchcraft, its hero is half damned from the start Inured to violence, prone to superstition, Macbeth struggles with the hags predictions in the depth of his soul But his wife, fiercely ambitious, never struggles When he is haunted by his imagination, she is steadfast preparing everything, looking after the details, urging him on It is only afterward, when he is thoroughly damned, coldly vicious, that she finds she cannot wash Duncan s blood off from her hands.Among other things, this play is the portrait of a good marriage If, that is, a good marriage can be made in hell

  5. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    The Tragedy of Macbeth, William Shakespeare Macbeth The Tragedy of Macbeth is a tragedy by William Shakespeare it is thought to have been first performed in 1606 A brave Scottish general named Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia Forced to commitandmurd The Tragedy of Macbeth, William Shakespeare Macbeth The Tragedy of Macbeth is a tragedy by William Shakespeare it is thought to have been first performed in 1606 A brave Scottish general named Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia Forced to commitandmurders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion, he soon becomes a tyrannical ruler The bloodbath and consequent civil war swiftly take Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into the realms of madness and death 1972 1346 192 1357 152 16 17 17 1340 1351 101 1365 89 1370 152 1374 101 1375 9644450175 1378 1381 1382 1384 1388 1391 9789644450174 1364 96 1371 100 1373 1393 120 9786006382487 1395 122 9786008299172 1395 279 9789641941194 1395 64 97860081752301599 160616111623

  6. jessica jessica says:

    highlights of this play include, but are not limited to the witches they are the original halloween qweens they are serving some major spooky realness also, they went and haunted a woman just because she wouldnt share her hazelnuts that is the exact level of petty that i aspire to be lady macbeth honestly, everything she says especially to her husband is so savage she doesnt want to be a queen, she wants to be the queen and her first scene is iconic unsex me yaaassss ditch tho highlights of this play include, but are not limited to the witches they are the original halloween qweens they are serving some major spooky realness also, they went and haunted a woman just because she wouldnt share her hazelnuts that is the exact level of petty that i aspire to be lady macbeth honestly, everything she says especially to her husband is so savage she doesnt want to be a queen, she wants to be the queen and her first scene is iconic unsex me yaaassss ditch those bonds of femininity be the murderous biotch we all want you to be how someone born by a c section is the key factor for determining the outcome of pretty much everything soooo random lol that the english army thought they could hide behind tree branches and sneak up on macbeth for a surprise attack the fact the macbeth believed it and actually thought it was the forest what, you egg is now my go to insult 4.5 stars

  7. Brina Brina says:

    Over the past year, I have branched out in my reading, attempting authors and genres that I had not discovered before Recently, I read Serena by Ron Rash in which the title character is compared to Lady Macbeth While Serena may be ruthless, I had never read the play so I could not contrast the two heroines Another of my reading goals this year is increasing my reading of classics Up until now, I had predominantly read modern classics, and found a worthy reason to read an older masterpiece S Over the past year, I have branched out in my reading, attempting authors and genres that I had not discovered before Recently, I read Serena by Ron Rash in which the title character is compared to Lady Macbeth While Serena may be ruthless, I had never read the play so I could not contrast the two heroines Another of my reading goals this year is increasing my reading of classics Up until now, I had predominantly read modern classics, and found a worthy reason to read an older masterpiece So it is without further adieu that I present my take on the Bard s Macbeth Shakespeare penned Macbeth around the year 1606 when he was already established as a reputed playwright For this play, he chose a contemporary Scottish soldier and references the Scottish crown within the text Yet, as in most of Shakespeare s works, the Bard was not as much concerned with the history surrounding the play, as he was with the characters themselves, their desires and motivations Thus, Macbeth is regarded as Shakespeare s darkest tragedy The tale begins when Macbeth visits three witches, later of double, double, toil, trouble fame They prophesy that he will become the Thane of Crowder, Thane of Glowdis, and King of Scotland Yet, the men who hold these titles are all currently alive Lady Macbeth plots and decides to murder all the key players who stand in the way of her husband becoming king, framing other upstanding individuals for her actions She even goes as far as killing those who relayed news to her that King Duncan had been killed, even though she herself committed the crime As the tale continues, the Lady now Queen continues to plot and has servants and soldiers at her disposal to do her bidding Meanwhile, Macbeth also grows weary of rivals to the crown and plots to eliminate anyone who goes against him While Lady Macbeth is at ease being an evil mastermind, Macbeth reaches the point where he can not live with himself for murdering Duncan He returns to the witches in an attempt to change the prophesy, but it is not to be At this point, Lady Macbeth grows emotionally unstable, while Macbeth himself is no longer afraid to die in battle as penance for previous crimes committed It is clear that Shakespeare intended for the Lady to be thehungry individual in this drama As in all Shakespearean works, the text is not long but a little tedious if one is unused to old English Because I had just read Serena, I read along quickly looking for comparisons to the two women, allowing me to beengrossed in the prose than I might have been otherwise Shakespeare s words remain timeless over 400 years later, deeming Macbeth, as well as his other works, worthy reads This play was fun because the characters were so dark, encouraging me to readShakespearean tales in the future

  8. Jason Jason says:

    There are two reasons to love this play.The first reason is Lady Macbeth Man, that girl has got it goin on Have you ever found yourself in the running for, say, a new position that s opened up at your company, a position for which you along with one of your equally worthy colleagues, perhaps might qualify You may not have given much thought to your professional advancement before, but now that this promotion has been dangled before you, it has ignited a spark of ambitious desire Imagine the There are two reasons to love this play.The first reason is Lady Macbeth Man, that girl has got it goin on Have you ever found yourself in the running for, say, a new position that s opened up at your company, a position for which you along with one of your equally worthy colleagues, perhaps might qualify You may not have given much thought to your professional advancement before, but now that this promotion has been dangled before you, it has ignited a spark of ambitious desire Imagine the possibilities And it is just within your graspif only there were a way to edge out the competition Maybe you could sabotage a project he s working on Or you could discredit him by rumoring of his incompetence Better yet, you could off him in the parking garage But each of these strategies requires a certain level of gumption to execute, a level not everyone possesses This is where it pays to be married to Lady Macbeth All she would need is a mere mention of this potential uptick in your career path and she s off and running, drafting the schematics, telling you where to stand just outside the stairwell, across from his car, within easy reach of the tire iron lying in the corner that can be used while he s distractedly sifting through his keys Why doesn t she do it herself, you ask Well, why should she It s not her job Her job is to support you, to boost your confidence, to supply that additional gumption You re the one who has to do the dirty work.Lady Macbeth is an amazing character I ve seen reviews on here that criticize her for being the morally reprehensible of the two protagonists, planting ideas in her husband s head that he would not have otherwise formed, encouraging him toward evil deeds that he would not have otherwise committed I disagree She may have made a mistake helping to plan Duncan s murder, but if anything Lady Macbeth is the one with her moral faculties still intact she exhibits a profound sense of remorse at the end of the play that Macbeth recognizes as nothing short of an ailment for which to seek a cure While Macbeth is off slaughtering anyone who might threaten his regal standing, his wife is at home rubbing the fuck out of her hands until the blisters explode and she suffocates in a pool of her own pus.The second reason to love this play is the eloquence of the language There are passages in this play that describe human emotion so briefly yet so profoundly it triggers goosebumps These are some of my favorites On expressing one s grief What, man ne er pull your hat upon your brows Give sorrow words the grief that does not speakWhispers the o er fraught heart and bids it break. On not having enough gumption Yet do I fear thy nature It is too full o the milk of human kindnessTo catch the nearest way thou wouldst be great Art not without ambition, but withoutThe illness should attend it. On contemplating ambition s worth Nought s had, all s spent,Where our desire is got without content Tis safer to be that which we destroyThan by destruction dwell in doubtful joy. On being past the point of no return All causes shall give way I am in bloodStepp d in so far that, should I wade no ,Returning were as tedious as go o er. On the futility of life Life s but a walking shadow, a poor playerThat struts and frets his hour upon the stageAnd then is heard noit is a taleTold by an idiot, full of sound and fury,Signifying nothing. On the finality of death There s nothing serious in mortality All is but toys renown and grace is dead The wine of life is drawn, and the mere leesIs left this vault to brag of. I said in the comments section of myHamletreview that I was preferring Hamlet to Macbeth While I think I prefer the character of Hamlet to that of Macbeth, I no longer stand by that statement in terms of the play itself Macbeth really is a masterpiece

  9. Amalia Gavea Amalia Gavea says:

    There s husbandry in heaven Their candles are all out This is a text that has been brewing inside my mind for quite some times I started reading Jo Nesb s retelling of Macbeth two days ago quite interesting so far, by the way and it gave me the chance to reflect on a masterpiece that isn t just a play but a psychological study of power, ambition and the darkest recesses of the human soul I don t presume I am able to write a review on Shakespeare s works Goodness, no This is jusThere s husbandry in heaven Their candles are all out This is a text that has been brewing inside my mind for quite some times I started reading Jo Nesb s retelling of Macbeth two days ago quite interesting so far, by the way and it gave me the chance to reflect on a masterpiece that isn t just a play but a psychological study of power, ambition and the darkest recesses of the human soul I don t presume I am able to write a review on Shakespeare s works Goodness, no This is just my take on the reasons why Macbeth shaped Literature s dark themes and imagery, having a plethora of the Bard s most beautiful and darkest quotes, being the most realistic depiction of the human tendency to destroy and violate all that is sacred and honestCan the devil speak trueMacbeththan any other play, in my opinion has the power to form images of distinct horror and brutality in our minds Let us not forget that it is loaded with superstitions and weird phenomena have been recorded during theatre runs throughout centuries of performances I would take it one step further and say that Macbeth initiated the Gothic elements in Literature, although they wouldn t have been named thus at the time This is obvious in the presence of the Three Witches, the characters I ve always been most fascinated with than any other in the play Imagine the audience during the reign of James I, the first Stuart king, watching spells and curses unfolding on stage, right before their eyes How did they perceive their presence in the play How do we perceive it Are they merely the harbingers of things to come or do they have an influential role in the fate of Macbeth and the characters In every production of Macbeth I ve watched, the Three Witches can make or break the whole performance for me One of the reasons I adore Polanski s vision of the play is his choice to end his outstanding 1971 film version with Donalbain coming across the Witches lair, bitten by the harsh Scottish rain, as the vicious circle goes on and onNow o er the one half of the world nature seems dead, and wicked dreams abuse the curtained sleep witchcraft celebrates pale Hecate s offerings and withered Murder, alarmed by his sentinel, the wolf, whose howl s his watch Darkness is everywhere This is a country that is slowly finding herself in a deep sleep of deceit and death Ravens croak, owls shriek, bats signify the end and Hecate walks the Earth with her ominous escort Rain is the introductory dark omen of what is to come and the wind is filled with lamentations The strange screams of death and the knockings out of nowhere are signs of the utter violation between two human beings, between kinsmen and friendsand nothing is but what is not Macbeth and his wife put on their most sincere smiles and act like the perfect hosts He calls Banquo his dearest friend, invites him to his royal feast Macbeth is brave, unyielding even when his world crumbles, firmly determined until the very end And yet, his soul hides extreme antitheses Throughout the action, he knows that his deeds will lead to nowhereBlood will have blood , he says in sadness And he is right What he succeeds in is the murder of trust and every sacred value our world holds dear The endless course of murder that desiresand Regicide, the killing of relatives, dear friends and compatriots and comrades The slaughter of women, children and servants He knows that once he starts, he cannot stopI have supped full with horrors Each and every time Macbeth decides to pluck away onethorn of threat to his reign, he tries to find the arguments for and against the coming deed The sense of duty doesn t seem to abandon him altogether but is always in a brutal fight with his burning ambition Guilt plagues him even before he starts the bloody chain of events, he murders sleep and, in my opinion, the moment he raises his hand to slaughter Duncan, he first murders himself and his principles Do I see his wife as the utter solicitor to his bloody future Definitely yes Lady Macbeth is by far my favourite Shakespearean heroine but as hard as I try, I cannot find any redeeming qualities in her character Her remorse is madness, and is it even remorse or the unbearable burden of guilt These two aren t one and the same While Macbeth s end is as brave as it can be, her end is lonely, honoured only by Macbeth s quiet sorrow expressed in an achingly beautiful soliloquy Macbeth isn t Iago He s not a lunatic villain who kills just because I ve always considered him an anti hero A man who can t survive the fight between his weak will to do what is right and the darkness of his desires.In Macbeth, Shakespeare created one of the most controversial characters in Literature While the historical Macbeth was the exact opposite of his theatrical counterpart, the Scottish play became one of the most recognizable works of Art, even to the few uninitiated to the greatness that is the Bard It became a synonym for conspiracy, treason, murder echoing, among other themes, the Gunpowder Plot that threatened the very essence of the British reign at the time It became a metaphor of the limits a human can bend in order to achieve the absolute control A token of lacking faith in everyone and everything When a man who was considered valiant and loyal becomes devoid of any humanity, what kind of good can be sustained in a world governed by petty leaders and corrupted sovereigns Do not tell me this doesn t apply to our current times I will not try to convince anyone to love this play Its strength in overcoming prejudices and the fact that it remains one of the most beloved and performed works of Shakespeare speaks for itself For me, this work of dark beauty and nightmarish brilliance is the best example of how Shakespeare managed to know the human naturethan any other writer I leave you with what I consider to be the finest lines about the futility of chasing unattainable ambitions and the most beautiful soliloquy ever writtenTomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow,Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,To the last syllable of recorded time And all our yesterdays have lighted foolsThe way to dusty death Out, out, brief candle Life s but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his way upon the stageAnd then is heard noIt is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,Signifying nothing My reviews can also be found on

  10. Lyn Lyn says:

    By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes Shakespeare s shortest tragedy is also one of his most powerful Macbeth s lust for power is compulsory, when confronted with the witches prophesy he is drawn into the tragedy as if he were a runaway train on tracks He must fulfill his ambition To morrow, and to morrow, and to morrow,Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,To the last syllable of recorded time And all our yesterdays have lighted foolsThe way to dusty death Mac By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes Shakespeare s shortest tragedy is also one of his most powerful Macbeth s lust for power is compulsory, when confronted with the witches prophesy he is drawn into the tragedy as if he were a runaway train on tracks He must fulfill his ambition To morrow, and to morrow, and to morrow,Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,To the last syllable of recorded time And all our yesterdays have lighted foolsThe way to dusty death Macbeth is a tragic hero but, like Richard III, is also villain, and like Milton, Shakespeare immerses his audience in a character study of dark shadows By casting the lot and allowing his tragedy to live out to its necessarily bloody conclusion, Shakespeare was drawing on primal heartstrings that people of his time, and people for all time, can relate At the black heart of this play is a fear of death, and yet a perverse and paradoxical fascination with it as well Stars, hide your fires Let not light see my black and deep desires Though written and produced in the late 1500s and early 1600s originally the subject involves witchcraft and sorcery and harkens to a pagan past, not too long lost on the folks sitting at the Globe No doubt ancient family legends and folk tales still resounded in dank cellars and back rooms, and the imagery and symbolism Shakespeare used to such potent effect served as a chilling contrast with the Christian spectators The inchoate curse of guilt for naked ambition is a theme readily apparent Out, out, brief candle Life s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and is heard noIt is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing Lady Macbeth is one of the great female characters in literature Her role as a temptress and wily beneficiary of the ruthless plan, and her eventual abysmal fall is one that resounds with readers and audiences to this day Things without all remedy should be without regard what s done is done

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  1. Annie Annie says:

    Ladies and gentlemen, may I present A Thing You Probably Didn t Want But Are Going To Get Anyway Macbeth, in GIFs Witches King Duncan to Macbeth Macbeth to King secretly Lady Macbeth Macbeth Lady Macbeth to Macbeth Macbeth to Duncan Everyone Malcom and Donalbain Macbeth Macbeth to Banquo Macbeth Fleance Malcolm to Macduff Macduff and Malcom Macbeth Lady Macbeth Lady Macbeth Macbeth Army Macbeth Macbeth Witc Ladies and gentlemen, may I present A Thing You Probably Didn t Want But Are Going To Get Anyway Macbeth, in GIFs Witches King Duncan to Macbeth Macbeth to King secretly Lady Macbeth Macbeth Lady Macbeth to Macbeth Macbeth to Duncan Everyone Malcom and Donalbain Macbeth Macbeth to Banquo Macbeth Fleance Malcolm to Macduff Macduff and Malcom Macbeth Lady Macbeth Lady Macbeth Macbeth Army Macbeth Macbeth Witches Everyone

  2. David David says:

    Don t you kind of hate how we ve entered the decadent phase of Goodreads wherein perhaps fifty percent orof the reviews written by non teenagers and non romancers are now naked and unabashed in their variously effective attempts at being arch, wry, meta, parodic, confessional, and or snarky Don t you kind of pine secretly, in the marrow of your gut s merry druthers for the good ol days of Goodreads known then as GodFearingGoodlyReading.com when all reviews were uniformly plainspoke Don t you kind of hate how we ve entered the decadent phase of Goodreads wherein perhaps fifty percent orof the reviews written by non teenagers and non romancers are now naked and unabashed in their variously effective attempts at being arch, wry, meta, parodic, confessional, and or snarky Don t you kind of pine secretly, in the marrow of your gut s merry druthers for the good ol days of Goodreads known then as GodFearingGoodlyReading.com when all reviews were uniformly plainspoken, merely utilitarian, unpretentious, and above all else dull, dull, dull Don t you kind of hate when people say don t you think this way or feel that way in an effort to goad you both psychologically and grammatically into agreeing with them In the words of ABBA I do, I do, I do , I do, I do.Well, because the interwebs is a world in which the past stands shoulder to shoulder with the present and with fetish porn , we can revisit the past in its inviolable presentness any time we wish Or at least until this website finally tanks.Consider won t you Matt Nieberle s review of Macbeth in its entirety I have bound it with a heavy rope and dragged it here for your perusal Please understand that many a sic are implied in the following reviews its really complicated and stupid why cant we be reading like Romeo and Juliet at least that book is good There you have it Refreshingly, not a review written in one of the witch s voices or alluding to Hillary and Bill Clinton or discussing the reviewer s first period Just a primal yell unleashed into the dark wilderness of the cosmos Yes, Mr Nieberle is probably a teenager, but I admire his ability to strongarm the temptation to be clever or ironic Don t you He speaks the native language of the idk generation with an economy and a clarity that renders his convictions all theemphatic Here s MICHAEL s review of the same play You may know MICHAEL he is the Problems Architect here at Goodreads A problematic title itself in that it implies that he designs problems which might be the case, for all I know This book shouldn t be required reading reading plays that you don t want to read is awful.Reading a play kinda sucks to begin with, if it was meant to be read, then it would be a novel, not a play On top of that the teach had us students read the play aloud on person for each character for a couple pages None of us had read the play before None of us wanted to read it I made the mistake of taking the easy english class for 6 years The teacher picked students that looked like they weren t paying attention All of this compounded to make me pretty much hate reading classics for something like 10 years granted macbeth alone wasn t the problem.I also hate iambic pentameter.Pure activism there STOP the mandatory reading of plays It s wrong, morally and academically Plus it can really fuck up your GPA There s no wasteful extravagance in this editorial no fanfare, no fireworks, no linked photos of half naked, oiled up, big bosomed starlets, no invented dialogues between the author and the review writer It s simple and memorable Being required to read plays is wrong, and if you require anyone, under duress, to read a play then you have sinned and are going to hell, if you believe in hell If not, you re going to the DMV.I am also tired of all you smug spelling snobs You damnable fascists with your new fangled dictionaries and your fancy schmancy spell check Sometimes the passionate immediacy of a message overcomes its spelling limitations Also, in this age when we are taught to respect each other s differences, it seems offensively egocentric and mean spirited to expect others to kowtow to your petty linguistic rules Artistic expression will free itself no matter how you try to shackle it.That s your cue, Aubrey.In my personal opinion, the play Macbeth was the worste peice ever written by Shakespeare, and this is saying quite a bit considering i also read his Romeo and Juliet Ontop of it s already unbelievable plot, unrealistic characters and absolutly discusting set of morals, Shakespeare openly portrays Lady Macbeth as the true vilian in the play Considering she is mearly the voice in the back round and Macbeth himself is truely committing the hideous crimes, including murder and fraud, I do not see why it is so easy to assume that Macbeth would be willing to do good instead of evil if only his wife werepossitive I believe that this play is uterally unrealistic.But the following is by far the ne plus ultra of classic book reviewing While succinct and without any distracting inclination to coyness or cuteness, Jo s review alludes to a bitterness so profound that it is inexpressible One imagines a few Signet Classic Editions hacked to bits with pruning shears in Jo s vicinity.I hate this play So much so that I can t even give you any analogies or similes as to how much I despise it An incrementally snarkier type might have said something like I hate this play like a simile I can t come up with Not Jo She speaks a raw, undecorated truth unfit for figurative language And there s certainly nothing wrong with that Once in a great while, when you get neck deep in dandified pomo hijinks, it s a nice wallow in the hog pen you re itchin for Thank you, Jo I love you and your futile grasping at similes that can t approach the bilious hatred in your heart You are mine, and I am yours Figuratively speaking, of course And now here s my review Macbeth by William Shakespeare is the greatest literary work in the English language, and anyone who disagrees is an asshole and a dumbhead

  3. Madeline Madeline says:

    Years after first adding this to my Shakespeare shelf, I finally sat down and did it So here, long overdue, isThe Scottish Play, abridged WITCHES Bibbity bobbity boo Time to fuck with the mortals DUNCAN Isn t Macbeth great Now there s a guy I can always trust to have my back I should promote him.MACBETH AND DUNCAN WEEEEE ARE THE CHAMPIONS, MY FRIEEEENDS YES WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS, WEEEE ARE THE CHAMPIONS, NO TIME FOR WITCHES ThaneofGlamisandCawdorandFutureKingsayswhat MACBETH What WIT Years after first adding this to my Shakespeare shelf, I finally sat down and did it So here, long overdue, isThe Scottish Play, abridged WITCHES Bibbity bobbity boo Time to fuck with the mortals DUNCAN Isn t Macbeth great Now there s a guy I can always trust to have my back I should promote him.MACBETH AND DUNCAN WEEEEE ARE THE CHAMPIONS, MY FRIEEEENDS YES WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS, WEEEE ARE THE CHAMPIONS, NO TIME FOR WITCHES ThaneofGlamisandCawdorandFutureKingsayswhat MACBETH What WITCHES Oh, and Banquo, your kids are going to be kings someday Good luck working that one out POOFvanish BANQUO Dude.MACBETH Great news, honey I meet these witches and they told me I was gonna be the thane of Cawdor and then BAM the king promoted me, and they also said I was gonna be king someday, so I guess Duncan s going to make me his heir or something.LADY MACBETH Cool I ll invite him over and then you can kill him.MACBETH I wait, what LADY MACBETH KILL THE KING, YOU PUSSY DUNCAN Hey, Macbeth, how s my favorite MACBETH I KEEL YOU DUNCAN S SONS GTFO BANQUO So anyway, son, apparently you re going to be king someday, but I don t really see how since now Macbeth s the king, but anywayASSASSIN I KEEL YOU BANQUO S SON GTFO MACBETH Hey there, nice witches, I need some help I just saw Duncan s ghost and I ve been killing a lot of people and my wife s losing what few marbles she had to begin with LADY MACBETH THE BLOOD IS THE LIFE THE BLOOD IS THE LIFE I KEEL MYSELF offstage MACBETH and I m not so sure about this whole prophecy thing any.WITCHES Don t sweat it, you can t be killed by any man born of woman, and you won t really be in trouble until the forest starts moving.MACBETH Wait, didn t something kind of like that happen in The Lord of the Rings WITCHES NO Also, watch out for Macduff.MACBETH Cool, I ll go kill his whole family now.WITCHES This is just too much fun We should have thought of this years ago.MACDUFF Macbeth, you are SO going down MACBETH Joke s on you, sucker I can t be killed by anyone born of woman, and since Caesarians haven t been invented you oh shit MACDUFF I KEEL YOU WITCHES More popcorn, Hecate THE END

  4. Bill Kerwin Bill Kerwin says:

    Macbeth is Shakespeare s darkest play not only because of the restricted palette of its images shades of black varied with bright red blood but also because, in the play s world of warfare and witchcraft, its hero is half damned from the start Inured to violence, prone to superstition, Macbeth struggles with the hags predictions in the depth of his soul But his wife, fiercely ambitious, never struggles When he is haunted by his imagination, she is steadfast preparing everything, looking a Macbeth is Shakespeare s darkest play not only because of the restricted palette of its images shades of black varied with bright red blood but also because, in the play s world of warfare and witchcraft, its hero is half damned from the start Inured to violence, prone to superstition, Macbeth struggles with the hags predictions in the depth of his soul But his wife, fiercely ambitious, never struggles When he is haunted by his imagination, she is steadfast preparing everything, looking after the details, urging him on It is only afterward, when he is thoroughly damned, coldly vicious, that she finds she cannot wash Duncan s blood off from her hands.Among other things, this play is the portrait of a good marriage If, that is, a good marriage can be made in hell

  5. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    The Tragedy of Macbeth, William Shakespeare Macbeth The Tragedy of Macbeth is a tragedy by William Shakespeare it is thought to have been first performed in 1606 A brave Scottish general named Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia Forced to commitandmurd The Tragedy of Macbeth, William Shakespeare Macbeth The Tragedy of Macbeth is a tragedy by William Shakespeare it is thought to have been first performed in 1606 A brave Scottish general named Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia Forced to commitandmurders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion, he soon becomes a tyrannical ruler The bloodbath and consequent civil war swiftly take Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into the realms of madness and death 1972 1346 192 1357 152 16 17 17 1340 1351 101 1365 89 1370 152 1374 101 1375 9644450175 1378 1381 1382 1384 1388 1391 9789644450174 1364 96 1371 100 1373 1393 120 9786006382487 1395 122 9786008299172 1395 279 9789641941194 1395 64 97860081752301599 160616111623

  6. jessica jessica says:

    highlights of this play include, but are not limited to the witches they are the original halloween qweens they are serving some major spooky realness also, they went and haunted a woman just because she wouldnt share her hazelnuts that is the exact level of petty that i aspire to be lady macbeth honestly, everything she says especially to her husband is so savage she doesnt want to be a queen, she wants to be the queen and her first scene is iconic unsex me yaaassss ditch tho highlights of this play include, but are not limited to the witches they are the original halloween qweens they are serving some major spooky realness also, they went and haunted a woman just because she wouldnt share her hazelnuts that is the exact level of petty that i aspire to be lady macbeth honestly, everything she says especially to her husband is so savage she doesnt want to be a queen, she wants to be the queen and her first scene is iconic unsex me yaaassss ditch those bonds of femininity be the murderous biotch we all want you to be how someone born by a c section is the key factor for determining the outcome of pretty much everything soooo random lol that the english army thought they could hide behind tree branches and sneak up on macbeth for a surprise attack the fact the macbeth believed it and actually thought it was the forest what, you egg is now my go to insult 4.5 stars

  7. Brina Brina says:

    Over the past year, I have branched out in my reading, attempting authors and genres that I had not discovered before Recently, I read Serena by Ron Rash in which the title character is compared to Lady Macbeth While Serena may be ruthless, I had never read the play so I could not contrast the two heroines Another of my reading goals this year is increasing my reading of classics Up until now, I had predominantly read modern classics, and found a worthy reason to read an older masterpiece S Over the past year, I have branched out in my reading, attempting authors and genres that I had not discovered before Recently, I read Serena by Ron Rash in which the title character is compared to Lady Macbeth While Serena may be ruthless, I had never read the play so I could not contrast the two heroines Another of my reading goals this year is increasing my reading of classics Up until now, I had predominantly read modern classics, and found a worthy reason to read an older masterpiece So it is without further adieu that I present my take on the Bard s Macbeth Shakespeare penned Macbeth around the year 1606 when he was already established as a reputed playwright For this play, he chose a contemporary Scottish soldier and references the Scottish crown within the text Yet, as in most of Shakespeare s works, the Bard was not as much concerned with the history surrounding the play, as he was with the characters themselves, their desires and motivations Thus, Macbeth is regarded as Shakespeare s darkest tragedy The tale begins when Macbeth visits three witches, later of double, double, toil, trouble fame They prophesy that he will become the Thane of Crowder, Thane of Glowdis, and King of Scotland Yet, the men who hold these titles are all currently alive Lady Macbeth plots and decides to murder all the key players who stand in the way of her husband becoming king, framing other upstanding individuals for her actions She even goes as far as killing those who relayed news to her that King Duncan had been killed, even though she herself committed the crime As the tale continues, the Lady now Queen continues to plot and has servants and soldiers at her disposal to do her bidding Meanwhile, Macbeth also grows weary of rivals to the crown and plots to eliminate anyone who goes against him While Lady Macbeth is at ease being an evil mastermind, Macbeth reaches the point where he can not live with himself for murdering Duncan He returns to the witches in an attempt to change the prophesy, but it is not to be At this point, Lady Macbeth grows emotionally unstable, while Macbeth himself is no longer afraid to die in battle as penance for previous crimes committed It is clear that Shakespeare intended for the Lady to be thehungry individual in this drama As in all Shakespearean works, the text is not long but a little tedious if one is unused to old English Because I had just read Serena, I read along quickly looking for comparisons to the two women, allowing me to beengrossed in the prose than I might have been otherwise Shakespeare s words remain timeless over 400 years later, deeming Macbeth, as well as his other works, worthy reads This play was fun because the characters were so dark, encouraging me to readShakespearean tales in the future

  8. Jason Jason says:

    There are two reasons to love this play.The first reason is Lady Macbeth Man, that girl has got it goin on Have you ever found yourself in the running for, say, a new position that s opened up at your company, a position for which you along with one of your equally worthy colleagues, perhaps might qualify You may not have given much thought to your professional advancement before, but now that this promotion has been dangled before you, it has ignited a spark of ambitious desire Imagine the There are two reasons to love this play.The first reason is Lady Macbeth Man, that girl has got it goin on Have you ever found yourself in the running for, say, a new position that s opened up at your company, a position for which you along with one of your equally worthy colleagues, perhaps might qualify You may not have given much thought to your professional advancement before, but now that this promotion has been dangled before you, it has ignited a spark of ambitious desire Imagine the possibilities And it is just within your graspif only there were a way to edge out the competition Maybe you could sabotage a project he s working on Or you could discredit him by rumoring of his incompetence Better yet, you could off him in the parking garage But each of these strategies requires a certain level of gumption to execute, a level not everyone possesses This is where it pays to be married to Lady Macbeth All she would need is a mere mention of this potential uptick in your career path and she s off and running, drafting the schematics, telling you where to stand just outside the stairwell, across from his car, within easy reach of the tire iron lying in the corner that can be used while he s distractedly sifting through his keys Why doesn t she do it herself, you ask Well, why should she It s not her job Her job is to support you, to boost your confidence, to supply that additional gumption You re the one who has to do the dirty work.Lady Macbeth is an amazing character I ve seen reviews on here that criticize her for being the morally reprehensible of the two protagonists, planting ideas in her husband s head that he would not have otherwise formed, encouraging him toward evil deeds that he would not have otherwise committed I disagree She may have made a mistake helping to plan Duncan s murder, but if anything Lady Macbeth is the one with her moral faculties still intact she exhibits a profound sense of remorse at the end of the play that Macbeth recognizes as nothing short of an ailment for which to seek a cure While Macbeth is off slaughtering anyone who might threaten his regal standing, his wife is at home rubbing the fuck out of her hands until the blisters explode and she suffocates in a pool of her own pus.The second reason to love this play is the eloquence of the language There are passages in this play that describe human emotion so briefly yet so profoundly it triggers goosebumps These are some of my favorites On expressing one s grief What, man ne er pull your hat upon your brows Give sorrow words the grief that does not speakWhispers the o er fraught heart and bids it break. On not having enough gumption Yet do I fear thy nature It is too full o the milk of human kindnessTo catch the nearest way thou wouldst be great Art not without ambition, but withoutThe illness should attend it. On contemplating ambition s worth Nought s had, all s spent,Where our desire is got without content Tis safer to be that which we destroyThan by destruction dwell in doubtful joy. On being past the point of no return All causes shall give way I am in bloodStepp d in so far that, should I wade no ,Returning were as tedious as go o er. On the futility of life Life s but a walking shadow, a poor playerThat struts and frets his hour upon the stageAnd then is heard noit is a taleTold by an idiot, full of sound and fury,Signifying nothing. On the finality of death There s nothing serious in mortality All is but toys renown and grace is dead The wine of life is drawn, and the mere leesIs left this vault to brag of. I said in the comments section of myHamletreview that I was preferring Hamlet to Macbeth While I think I prefer the character of Hamlet to that of Macbeth, I no longer stand by that statement in terms of the play itself Macbeth really is a masterpiece

  9. Amalia Gavea Amalia Gavea says:

    There s husbandry in heaven Their candles are all out This is a text that has been brewing inside my mind for quite some times I started reading Jo Nesb s retelling of Macbeth two days ago quite interesting so far, by the way and it gave me the chance to reflect on a masterpiece that isn t just a play but a psychological study of power, ambition and the darkest recesses of the human soul I don t presume I am able to write a review on Shakespeare s works Goodness, no This is jusThere s husbandry in heaven Their candles are all out This is a text that has been brewing inside my mind for quite some times I started reading Jo Nesb s retelling of Macbeth two days ago quite interesting so far, by the way and it gave me the chance to reflect on a masterpiece that isn t just a play but a psychological study of power, ambition and the darkest recesses of the human soul I don t presume I am able to write a review on Shakespeare s works Goodness, no This is just my take on the reasons why Macbeth shaped Literature s dark themes and imagery, having a plethora of the Bard s most beautiful and darkest quotes, being the most realistic depiction of the human tendency to destroy and violate all that is sacred and honestCan the devil speak trueMacbeththan any other play, in my opinion has the power to form images of distinct horror and brutality in our minds Let us not forget that it is loaded with superstitions and weird phenomena have been recorded during theatre runs throughout centuries of performances I would take it one step further and say that Macbeth initiated the Gothic elements in Literature, although they wouldn t have been named thus at the time This is obvious in the presence of the Three Witches, the characters I ve always been most fascinated with than any other in the play Imagine the audience during the reign of James I, the first Stuart king, watching spells and curses unfolding on stage, right before their eyes How did they perceive their presence in the play How do we perceive it Are they merely the harbingers of things to come or do they have an influential role in the fate of Macbeth and the characters In every production of Macbeth I ve watched, the Three Witches can make or break the whole performance for me One of the reasons I adore Polanski s vision of the play is his choice to end his outstanding 1971 film version with Donalbain coming across the Witches lair, bitten by the harsh Scottish rain, as the vicious circle goes on and onNow o er the one half of the world nature seems dead, and wicked dreams abuse the curtained sleep witchcraft celebrates pale Hecate s offerings and withered Murder, alarmed by his sentinel, the wolf, whose howl s his watch Darkness is everywhere This is a country that is slowly finding herself in a deep sleep of deceit and death Ravens croak, owls shriek, bats signify the end and Hecate walks the Earth with her ominous escort Rain is the introductory dark omen of what is to come and the wind is filled with lamentations The strange screams of death and the knockings out of nowhere are signs of the utter violation between two human beings, between kinsmen and friendsand nothing is but what is not Macbeth and his wife put on their most sincere smiles and act like the perfect hosts He calls Banquo his dearest friend, invites him to his royal feast Macbeth is brave, unyielding even when his world crumbles, firmly determined until the very end And yet, his soul hides extreme antitheses Throughout the action, he knows that his deeds will lead to nowhereBlood will have blood , he says in sadness And he is right What he succeeds in is the murder of trust and every sacred value our world holds dear The endless course of murder that desiresand Regicide, the killing of relatives, dear friends and compatriots and comrades The slaughter of women, children and servants He knows that once he starts, he cannot stopI have supped full with horrors Each and every time Macbeth decides to pluck away onethorn of threat to his reign, he tries to find the arguments for and against the coming deed The sense of duty doesn t seem to abandon him altogether but is always in a brutal fight with his burning ambition Guilt plagues him even before he starts the bloody chain of events, he murders sleep and, in my opinion, the moment he raises his hand to slaughter Duncan, he first murders himself and his principles Do I see his wife as the utter solicitor to his bloody future Definitely yes Lady Macbeth is by far my favourite Shakespearean heroine but as hard as I try, I cannot find any redeeming qualities in her character Her remorse is madness, and is it even remorse or the unbearable burden of guilt These two aren t one and the same While Macbeth s end is as brave as it can be, her end is lonely, honoured only by Macbeth s quiet sorrow expressed in an achingly beautiful soliloquy Macbeth isn t Iago He s not a lunatic villain who kills just because I ve always considered him an anti hero A man who can t survive the fight between his weak will to do what is right and the darkness of his desires.In Macbeth, Shakespeare created one of the most controversial characters in Literature While the historical Macbeth was the exact opposite of his theatrical counterpart, the Scottish play became one of the most recognizable works of Art, even to the few uninitiated to the greatness that is the Bard It became a synonym for conspiracy, treason, murder echoing, among other themes, the Gunpowder Plot that threatened the very essence of the British reign at the time It became a metaphor of the limits a human can bend in order to achieve the absolute control A token of lacking faith in everyone and everything When a man who was considered valiant and loyal becomes devoid of any humanity, what kind of good can be sustained in a world governed by petty leaders and corrupted sovereigns Do not tell me this doesn t apply to our current times I will not try to convince anyone to love this play Its strength in overcoming prejudices and the fact that it remains one of the most beloved and performed works of Shakespeare speaks for itself For me, this work of dark beauty and nightmarish brilliance is the best example of how Shakespeare managed to know the human naturethan any other writer I leave you with what I consider to be the finest lines about the futility of chasing unattainable ambitions and the most beautiful soliloquy ever writtenTomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow,Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,To the last syllable of recorded time And all our yesterdays have lighted foolsThe way to dusty death Out, out, brief candle Life s but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his way upon the stageAnd then is heard noIt is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,Signifying nothing My reviews can also be found on

  10. Lyn Lyn says:

    By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes Shakespeare s shortest tragedy is also one of his most powerful Macbeth s lust for power is compulsory, when confronted with the witches prophesy he is drawn into the tragedy as if he were a runaway train on tracks He must fulfill his ambition To morrow, and to morrow, and to morrow,Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,To the last syllable of recorded time And all our yesterdays have lighted foolsThe way to dusty death Mac By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes Shakespeare s shortest tragedy is also one of his most powerful Macbeth s lust for power is compulsory, when confronted with the witches prophesy he is drawn into the tragedy as if he were a runaway train on tracks He must fulfill his ambition To morrow, and to morrow, and to morrow,Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,To the last syllable of recorded time And all our yesterdays have lighted foolsThe way to dusty death Macbeth is a tragic hero but, like Richard III, is also villain, and like Milton, Shakespeare immerses his audience in a character study of dark shadows By casting the lot and allowing his tragedy to live out to its necessarily bloody conclusion, Shakespeare was drawing on primal heartstrings that people of his time, and people for all time, can relate At the black heart of this play is a fear of death, and yet a perverse and paradoxical fascination with it as well Stars, hide your fires Let not light see my black and deep desires Though written and produced in the late 1500s and early 1600s originally the subject involves witchcraft and sorcery and harkens to a pagan past, not too long lost on the folks sitting at the Globe No doubt ancient family legends and folk tales still resounded in dank cellars and back rooms, and the imagery and symbolism Shakespeare used to such potent effect served as a chilling contrast with the Christian spectators The inchoate curse of guilt for naked ambition is a theme readily apparent Out, out, brief candle Life s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and is heard noIt is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing Lady Macbeth is one of the great female characters in literature Her role as a temptress and wily beneficiary of the ruthless plan, and her eventual abysmal fall is one that resounds with readers and audiences to this day Things without all remedy should be without regard what s done is done

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