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review SPOILER ALERT! 2019-07-16 09:34
Macbeth by Shakespeare
Macbeth - William Shakespeare

TITLE:  The Tragedy of Macbeth

 

AUTHOR:  William Shakespeare

 

EDITION:  Folger Shakespeare Library Edition

 

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DESCRIPTION:

"In 1603, James VI of Scotland ascended the English throne, becoming James I of England. London was alive with an interest in all things Scottish, and Shakespeare turned to Scottish history for material. He found a spectacle of violence and stories of traitors advised by witches and wizards, echoing James’s belief in a connection between treason and witchcraft.

In depicting a man who murders to become king, Macbeth teases us with huge questions. Is Macbeth tempted by fate, or by his or his wife’s ambition? Why does their success turn to ashes?

Like other plays, Macbeth speaks to each generation. Its story was once seen as that of a hero who commits an evil act and pays an enormous price. Recently, it has been applied to nations that overreach themselves and to modern alienation. The line is blurred between Macbeth’s evil and his opponents’ good, and there are new attitudes toward both witchcraft and gender.
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REVIEW:

 

It's a bit difficult to review Shakespeare.  The man is famous.  His works have been taught at school, performed ofter, watched by millions, read and enjoyed by many more.  In short, Shakespeare has pervaded modern society. 

 

Macbeth is a fairly simple play. There are few characters to keep track of, the action occurs chronologically, and the plot is uncomplicated.  The play also has many memorable characters, especially Macbeth, Lady Macbeth and the three witches.  The various psychological effects of evil deeds is nicely examined through the Macbeth couple - their disintegration as a married couple, as well as the "evolution" of their personal moral feelings for their actions.   This is an entertaining, though dark, drama that makes use of eloquent language to create evocative imagery, and sneaks in questions of human free-will, the role of fate and an analysis of human character.

 

Updates: Macbeth - Front Matter and Act I

Updates: Macbeth - Act II

Updates: Macbeth - Act III

Updates: Macbeth - Act IV

Updates: Macbeth - Act V

 

 

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text 2019-07-13 12:08
MACBETH - Act V
Macbeth - William Shakespeare

The Tragedy of Macbeth

by William Shakespeare

 

 

[Folger Paperback Edition

&

Arkangel Audiobook]

 

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Act V is rather fast paced with lots of short scenes and different settings.  Lady Macbeth's guilty conscience has caught up with her and she is now sleep walking and talking ["Out, damned spot; out, I say. . . . Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?"].  Macbeth is rather more preoccupied with the English forces lead by Malcolm and Macduff, than he is with his wife's troubles. Macbeth believes himself to be invincible, right until his servant tells him that Birnam Wood has aquired legs.  Lady Macbeth decides to solve her problems permanently. Macbeth doesn't seem to care overly much.  It seems like the Macbeth marriage couldn't withstand a murder.

 

There are several battle scenes (no doubt providing the theatre audience with a great deal of swashbuckling entertainment), with Macbeth still convinced that no man can defeat him.  However, Macbeth gets rather rattled when Macduff blithely informs him that he was "from his mother's womb untimely ripped".  Macbeth comes to a deserved and permanent end, Macduff gets his revenge and Malcolm gets the crown.  No mention is made of Fleance.  Macbeth has made quite a transformation; from a respected war hero, to murderer, to complete tyrant; from having almost everything, to having nothing.

 

And so ends the Tragedy of Macbeth, a 400 year old political/psychological drama.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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text 2019-07-12 17:24
Excited to be Doing Another Romance Buddy Read!
Listen To The Moon - Rose Lerner

I wanted to read more romance this summer, so it seems like a good time to do so! Doing a buddy read with Whiskeyinthejar/kyraryker and Sam(AMNReader).


We plan on reading "Listen to the Moon" by Rose Lerner. I have had so much fun doing buddy reads on some of our prior books, so glad to be getting back into it. 

 

Here are links to our prior buddy reads: 

 

The Courtesan Duchess 

 

Perfect

 

 

 

 

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text SPOILER ALERT! 2019-07-12 11:05
MACBETH - Act IV
Macbeth - William Shakespeare

The Tragedy of Macbeth

by William Shakespeare

 

 

[Folger Paperback Edition

&

Arkangel Audiobook]

 

**************************************

!!SPOILERS!!

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In Act IV, the witches or weird (wyrd?) sisters make a rather lengthy appearance, with a suitable amount of magic and ambiguious visions.  Here we have the famous "none of woman born / shall harm Macbeth" prophecy and the "walking woods" prophecy that implies that Macbeth cannot be defeated until Birnam Wood moves toward Dunsinane Hill.  Sorry Shakespeare, but I still prefer J.R.R. Tolkien's version of fulfilling these prophecies.  Marching with chopped up branches simply does not compete with Ents, and some semantical finagling does not compare to Eowyn or Merry.

 

Macbeth is also not amused that Macduff has fled to England and decides to commit more murders, by proxy.  Apparently these murders don't seem to bother Macbeth as much as the others - no hallucinations!  Charming man this.  Prince Malcolm makes a reappearance and decides to invade Scotland with the help of Macduff, who is out for revenge.  Silly man should have take his wife and children with him!

 

 

 

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text SPOILER ALERT! 2019-07-11 09:37
MACBETH - Act III
Macbeth - William Shakespeare

The Tragedy of Macbeth

by William Shakespeare

 

 

[Folger Paperback Edition

&

Arkangel Audiobook]

 

**************************************

!!SPOILERS!!

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Act III of Macbeth, in which Banquo wonders about the future; Macbeth plans murder (again), this time by proxy; Macbeth takes charge of decision making; the Macbeths' seem to be having marriage issues; a murder is bungled; Macbeth has ghostly hallucinations at a formal banquet and makes a fool of himself; MacDuff makes himself inconspicuous; Hecate chastises the witches for leaving her out of their plans; and the other lords are suspicious of Macbeth's involvement in the murders.  Macbeth is quite clearly loosing his sanity and his power.  At school the discussion came up that Macbeth was loosing his humanity, but since humans seem to be rather fond of rape, mayhem and murder, I don't really agree with this.  Shakespears use of lighting (setting sun, torches, the striking out of the light) to contrast "good" and "bad" characters is also interesting and sets an ominous mood.

 

Just out of curiousity:  does Macbeth have a first name since MAC means "son of"?  The Macbeth of the play is supposed to be based on Mac Bethad mac Findláich.

 

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