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Macbeth (Shakespeare Made Easy) 1st U.S. Edition
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As a bonus, this edition includes at the back a long essay on the play by Harold Bloom. This is not an uninteresting commentary, but Bloom desperately needs a good editor. His essay is not only at least three times longer than it should be, but is startlingly repetitious. Yale would have been wise to have asked Bloom for a rewrite.
But there is a lot more to the play than the plot outline might suggest. Shakespeare brilliantly works out the subtleties of character through the action, interactions, and self-discussions in the play. It isn't a simple "action" play, it is also a masterwork of revealing the character of the characters even when they are themselves unaware of the trap they are leaping into.
I am partial to the Arden editions because I trust the text, love the extensive notes, and the introductory and additional material that helps give the play context and talks about sources Shakespeare almost certainly used. In this case Holinshed's "Chronicles of Scotland". Throughout this edition there are also discussions of the textural problems of this play: where some things seem to be missing, what might be interpolations, and so forth.
This is a very useful edition of a great play.
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One of Shakespeare's finest works. After you read this, you'll find similarities to this plot in many other books and films. Interesting characters, fantastic story-line. Read morePublished 4 days ago by MaximumSmoove
First time reading this and it is a good story. The language used hasn't been updated so it was hard to get bits.Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is an excellent series on Shakespeare. The authors reproduce the Shakespearean line on the right columns and their interpretation of words and ideas in the left columns. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Israel Drazin
product says split page with modern English on one side with Elizabethan on the other. Nope. It also says audiobook included. Nope. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ellen R Goldberg
This is a great publication. I will be referring to other No Fear Shakespeare copies in the future. My students found it easier to read and comprehend. Thank you.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
It really helps because its actively annotated. I would
say that you still need a good teacher for this book though
If you're hoping to read "Macbeth" in order to enjoy Shakespeare's ability with language (metaphor, rhyme, insights, poetry, etc.), you might be disappointed. I was. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. R. Carr