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Macbeth (Dover Thrift Editions) [Kindle Edition]

William Shakespeare
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Book Description

One of the great Shakespearean tragedies, Macbeth is a dark and bloody drama of ambition, murder, guilt, and revenge. Prompted by the prophecies of three mysterious witches and goaded by his ambitious wife, the Scottish thane Macbeth murders Duncan, King of Scotland, in order to succeed him on the throne. This foul deed soon entangles the conscience-stricken nobleman in a web of treachery, deceit, and more murders, which ultimately spells his doom. Set amid the gloomy castles and lonely heaths of medieval Scotland, Macbeth paints a striking dramatic portrait of a man of honor and integrity destroyed by a fatal character flaw and the tortures of a guilty imagination.
A selection of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.



Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

A lush, cautionary tale of a life of vileness and deception or a loving portrait of the aesthetic impulse run rampant? Why not both? After Basil Hallward paints a beautiful, young man's portrait, his subject's frivolous wish that the picture change and he remain the same comes true. Dorian Gray's picture grows aged and corrupt while he continues to appear fresh and innocent. After he kills a young woman, "as surely as if I had cut her little throat with a knife," Dorian Gray is surprised to find no difference in his vision or surroundings. "The roses are not less lovely for all that. The birds sing just as happily in my garden."

As Hallward tries to make sense of his creation, his epigram-happy friend Lord Henry Wotton encourages Dorian in his sensual quest with any number of Wildean paradoxes, including the delightful "When we are happy we are always good, but when we are good we are not always happy." But despite its many languorous pleasures, The Picture of Dorian Gray is an imperfect work. Compared to the two (voyeuristic) older men, Dorian is a bore, and his search for ever new sensations far less fun than the novel's drawing-room discussions. Even more oddly, the moral message of the novel contradicts many of Wilde's supposed aims, not least "no artist has ethical sympathies. An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style." Nonetheless, the glamour boy gets his just deserts. And Wilde, defending Dorian Gray, had it both ways: "All excess, as well as all renunciation, brings its own punishment."

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. First published in 1890 in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine and the following year in novel form, The Picture of Dorian Gray categorically changed Victorian Britain and the landscape of literature. An ostentatious, self-confessed aesthete, known for his wit and intellect, Wilde not only had to endure his prose being labeled "poisonous" and "vulgar," but also suffer its use as evidence in the ensuing trial, resulting in his eventual imprisonment for crimes of "gross indecency." Frankel's introduction provides a deft preliminary analysis of the novel itself—exploring etymology and extensive editorial alterations (both accidental and deliberate)—and offers valuable insight into the socio-cultural juxtaposition of aristocratic Victorian society and the London underworld. The original typescript provides the unique opportunity to examine what was considered acceptable in both the US and UK at the time. Intriguing annotations allude to Wilde's influences and enterprising range of reference, incorporating art, poetry, literature, Greek mythology, philosophy, and fashion (certain to inspire further reading; an appendix is provided). Comparisons are drawn between Dorian Gray and Wilde's other literary output, as well as to the work of Walter Pater. Numerous illustrations subtly compliment Frankelÿs inferences. A fine contextualization of a major work of fiction profoundly interpreted, ultimately riveting. (Mar.)

Product Details

  • File Size: 538 KB
  • Print Length: 98 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0486278026
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Unabridged edition (March 2, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008TVE9AO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,030 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Yet! October 24, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I've been playing this in a regular senior English class. Many of the students are finally understanding the play. The actors in this cd do a wonderful job interpreting their lines. The Scottish accents are well done. Sound effects make it vivid. It's the best production I've found to date.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No need to avoid Shakespeare anymore April 12, 2005
Format:Paperback
I consider myself to be a reasonably literate individual but, I have always avoided Shakespeare since I cannot make sense of the text. But now, I have fianally read Macbeth because, with "No Fear Shakespeare," each left hand page is written in the original whereas the right hand page is a plain English translation. So now I know, that when a porter says "it makes him stand to and not stand to," he is not referring about someone standing up on his feet. Instead, it means that alcoholic drinks make a man have an erection but then, lose the erection. How true is that and how cool is it to be able to understand that? Seriously, Macbeth is a great tale of ambition, deception and conscience. Thanks to this innovative book, I was able to read the original, then, after reading each page, I referred to the translation so I could understand. It was fun to read lines in the original, try to work out what I thought it meant and then check whether I was right. I recommend this as a way finally read and appreciate Macbeth.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Suits our needs March 28, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I won't even attempt to critique Shakespeare's work, as some have done here. I'm not reviewing MacBeth, but this particular version of it. As a homeschooling Mom with three highschool students, the only way we could get through Shakespeare's works is by having a copy of Shakespeare Made Easy on hand. As it is, we completed 5 plays this year - all done orally, with each of us taking several parts. While I think it's important that my kids read Shakespeare in it's original format (and they did), I had the Shakespeare Made Easy translation handy so that I could give simple, concise explanations whenever they just didn't "get it". I recommend these books for that purpose - not for the watered down versions of these classics, but to make them understandable to the average student who might otherwise find Shakespeare's works boring and a waste of time (as many students do).
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Classroom Use January 12, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This series is wonderful if you are a teacher. It really helps students to hear how Shakespeare's words are supposed to flow when spoken by classically trained actors. Students snicker a bit at first when they hear the Scottish accents, but they get used to them quickly and the quality of the recording is excellent. The cheesy music in between acts is irritating, but you learn to ignore it. A fun bit of trivia is that the porter scene is acted by David Tennant who most people know as the current Dr. Who! It's also a treat to be able to listen to Macbeth in my car. Shakespeare makes rush-hour almost tolerable.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "Dummy's" Dream! January 15, 2000
Format:Paperback
This is a fantastic book for someone who has difficulty understanding Shakespeare's language. I was impressed with the way the book is set up--original Shakespeare on the left and a modern translation on the right.
It is especially useful to teachers or homeschoolers because of the study questions included in the back of the book.
I give it an A+!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice translation of Macbeth December 17, 2001
Format:Paperback
This book is a nice translation from Shakespeare's language in Macbeth to the modern easy to read language of today. As a student myself, I recommend this book to other students studying Macbeth, if they feel they do not understand exact phrases from the play. If you are already good at 'translating' the lines from the play i do not recommend this book as strongly...... but still........ it helped me a great deal with my assignments.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Macbeth Is Better Than Anything on TV Today!!! February 18, 2010
Format:Paperback
Damn, Macbeth is good: spine tingling good. Much better than any of the mystery/drama shows we have on TV today. Much better. Reading the final two acts is like being there. The man Shakespeare could write. His stories/plays, Macbeth among the best among them, have stood the test of time because they are about human folly, foolishness, hope, ambition and well intended action that turns out bad.

Want to match Law and Order and some of the other TV shows with that? I think not.

And "No Fear Shakespeare" is the only way to read the Bard in this day and time...his original work side-by-side with a modern day translation.

It's good, damn good.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Macbeth! May 14, 2007
By DeppSun
Format:Audio CD
This CD is excellent--the witches are super creepy sounding, and the unabridged text is well performed. Definitely helpful for teaching Macbeth.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent edition
Folger Shakespeare Library is consistently one of the best editions of Shakespeare I have come across. Read more
Published 12 hours ago by Chelsea
5.0 out of 5 stars Very readable.
The annotations are wonderful.
Published 2 days ago by Kathryn Burrer Hyer, .
1.0 out of 5 stars Audiobook. "Unabridged" 15 minutes in length???
This is a review of the audio version. While it says unabridged, if you look at the running time, you will see 15 minutes. Obviously, a problem here.
Published 5 days ago by Paul T
4.0 out of 5 stars A Dark One
Second favorite Shakespearean tragedy. Quite intense and full of darkness.
Published 5 days ago by Kira Budge
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nice!
Published 5 days ago by Jenny
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good annotations. Helpful for teachers students and casual readers who want more out of their Shakespeare.
Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
For the price worked for my son!
Published 11 days ago by Claudia Keller
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Came a day early which was great! The clarification on the back of each page is wonderful! Highly recommended!
Published 12 days ago by Alexis Lussier
5.0 out of 5 stars It can be tough at the top...
Lies, deceit, treachery, poison, knives in the night, justified paranoia, guilt, revenge... it is all there, and more, in this classic story of how the lust for power can literally... Read more
Published 12 days ago by John P. Jones III
5.0 out of 5 stars Notes Notes Notes!
All of the extra notes are excellent for this book. I recommend any Folger Shakespeare Library version available! Read more
Published 12 days ago by Brianna Rubow
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William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in April 1564, and his birth is traditionally celebrated on April 23. The facts of his life, known from surviving documents, are sparse. He was one of eight children born to John Shakespeare, a merchant of some standing in his community. William probably went to the King's New School in Stratford, but he had no university education. In November 1582, at the age of eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway, eight years his senior, who was pregnant with their first child, Susanna. She was born on May 26, 1583. Twins, a boy, Hamnet ( who would die at age eleven), and a girl, Judith, were born in 1585. By 1592 Shakespeare had gone to London working as an actor and already known as a playwright. A rival dramatist, Robert Greene, referred to him as "an upstart crow, beautified with our feathers." Shakespeare became a principal shareholder and playwright of the successful acting troupe, the Lord Chamberlain's Men (later under James I, called the King's Men). In 1599 the Lord Chamberlain's Men built and occupied the Globe Theater in Southwark near the Thames River. Here many of Shakespeare's plays were performed by the most famous actors of his time, including Richard Burbage, Will Kempe, and Robert Armin. In addition to his 37 plays, Shakespeare had a hand in others, including Sir Thomas More and The Two Noble Kinsmen, and he wrote poems, including Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece. His 154 sonnets were published, probably without his authorization, in 1609. In 1611 or 1612 he gave up his lodgings in London and devoted more and more time to retirement in Stratford, though he continued writing such plays as The Tempest and Henry VII until about 1613. He died on April 23 1616, and was buried in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford. No collected edition of his plays was published during his life-time, but in 1623 two members of his acting company, John Heminges and Henry Condell, put together the great collection now called the First Folio.

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