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Infamously known as the cursed Scottish play, Macbeth is perhaps Shakespeare's darkest tragedy. When General Macbeth is foretold by three witches that he will one day be King of Scotland, Lady Macbeth convinces him to get rid of anyone who could stand in his way including committing regicide. As Macbeth ascends to the throne through bloody murder, he becomes a tyrant consu ...more
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Published August 15th 2011 by LA Theatre Works (first published 1606)
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Giulia It is about Macbeth, a noble who hears a prophecy proclaiming he will be king, and after telling this to his power hungry wife, they both descend into…moreIt is about Macbeth, a noble who hears a prophecy proclaiming he will be king, and after telling this to his power hungry wife, they both descend into suspicion and evil as Scotland is thrown upside with their actions. Don't want to tell too much. :)(less)
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Years after first adding this to my "Shakespeare" shelf, I finally sat down and did it. So here, long overdue, is

The 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.


WITCHES: ThaneofGlamisandCawdorandFutureKingsayswhat?


Don't you kind of hate how we've entered the decadent phase of Goodreads wherein perhaps fifty percent (or more) of 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 when all reviews were uniformly plainspoke
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
Ladies and gentlemen, may I present A Thing You Probably Didn't Want But Are Going To Get Anyway:

Macbeth, in GIFs:

King Duncan to Macbeth:

Macbeth to King (secretly):

Lady Macbeth:


Lady Macbeth to Macbeth:

Macbeth to Duncan:


Malcom and Donalbain:


Macbeth to Banquo:



Malcolm to Macduff:

Macduff and Malcom:


Lady Macbeth:

Lady Macbeth:






After a discussion of this play that went over 100 comments, a review seems at once superfluous and necessary to give greater exposure to an excellent conversation. One of the best things about Goodreads is that it provides a forum to hash out discrepancies of opinion thoughtfully and passionately, so that our own feelings and understandings can be challenged by and challenging for others. I think what you’ll find below is a perfect example of this, enacted by people who care deeply about Shakes ...more
Jason Koivu
Witches, superstition and mysticism create one of the Bard's more fantastical of plays. Add to it the very real, human elements of self-doubt, manipulation, betrayal and soul-tormenting regret and you get one of the most enjoyable, poignant pieces of literature of all time.

Perhaps only Hamlet reaches a higher level of human suffering encapsulated (Yes, Lear comes close.) I love the hell out Shakespeare's most popular, most well-known play, but Hamlet's interminable introspection tends to mire th
For the Celebrity Death Match Review Tournament, Macbeth (30) versus The Complete Sherlock Holmes (19)

This early draft of Macbeth, recently translated from the original Klingon, casts new light on the play and has already caused its fair share of controversy. We present two extracts.


Surely no man suspects I killed the King?
Or if they do, they durst not breathe a word
Knowing our wrath...


Well, actually, my lord
There's quite a few down at the bar
Esteban del Mal
Sep 27, 2010 Esteban del Mal rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Aspiring Machiavellians
Location: Central California coast. A beach.

ESTEBAN: [aside] Methinks that the cover art for this Bantam Classic edition makes Macbeth and Lady Macbeth looketh much alike. 'Tis freakish!
Forsooth, gender is all over the place in this play: the bearded sisters are hermaphroditical, Macduff is some kind of übermensch because he has avoided the taint (heh) of natural birth. Is Macbeth some kind of frustrated homosexual? If so, it serves those gay bashing medieval Scottish bastards right! Burn it al
For my birthday tomorrow my wife got us tickets to go see Sleep No More here in New York - an immersive theater experience based upon Macbeth. I've not read / seen the play performed for many years, so to refresh our memories today my wife indulged my one-man presentation of all five acts. All apologies to my friends in Scotland for butchering the accents.

Of all Shakespeare's plays, Macbeth's themes might be the most frequently plumbed by modern purveyors of quality entertainment (Game of Throne
"I will not be afraid of death and bane,
Till Birnam forest comes to Dunisnane."
(Act 5, Sc. 3)

I personally find Macbeth more enjoyable than Hamlet. It's a great tale about a Scottish General's hunger for power after a strange prophecy by a trio of witches, and how power and ambition can blind people and turn them evil. It always astounds me how quickly Macbeth went from a meek man to a murderous tyrant.Lady MAcbeth's strength and bloodlust also amazes me.

"Life's but a walking shadow; a poor pla
"I am in blood
Stepped in so far that, should I wade no more,
Returning were as tedious as go o'er."

A sure sign you're totally fucked.
For the Celebrity Death Match Review Tournament, Macbeth (30) versus 1984 (22)


... and now over to Northern Airstrip One, where Macduffian freedom fighters and our East Asian allies are close to encircling the Eurasian-backed dictator Macbeth's last stronghold. We have a journalist reporting live now from just outside Dunsinane Castle.

[Windswept Scottish Highlands scene. JOURNALIST in combat gear in foreground, camouflaged soldiers carrying branches behind him. Sound of automatic weapo
Oct 09, 2011 Mariel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I think I can handle a little peril
Recommended to Mariel by: the band from Harry Potter
Celebrity Death Match tournament versus The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
The Twisted Sisters
I was worried about my colleague, the great respected private detective Sherlock Holmes. The pressure to uphold his reputation was great. He was up at all hours of the night, often muttering to himself that this or such and such was "Elementary, my dear Watson" and ways to upstage me in games of Trivial Pursuit. One evening I caught him with an opened second box of the game and he was memorizing the ques
This was my first ever Shakespeare.

We studied it in high school in Year Eleven. It was the only Shakespeare we studied in High School. Now, in the last three years of high school, my daughters read a play by Shakespeare every year.

I remember, before I started reading this play, how afraid I was. I knew, you see, it was very important that I understand Shakespeare – even if I had to pretend. It was that important that I understand him. I knew that this was going to be a test of my ‘intelligence
I like to come at Macbeth from an historical perspective, a perspective where Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are not anti-heroes, but heroes of the highest order.

How is that possible you ask? Because Macbeth is taking what is rightfully his.

Modern audiences, and perhaps even audiences in Shakespeare's day (although that seems unlikely since they would have had a greater everyday knowledge of the power structures of Scottish clans), look at Macbeth as the story of power corrupting absolutely. We see i
Huda Aweys
Injustice .. greed .. desire .. In the initial primitive pictures !

(I love this photo of the three witches, even though they're beardless.)

Have you ever heard of Mr. William Shakespeare? Let me introduce you to this little-known drama he wrote. It's about bearded witches and a tyrannically murderous king and being a man. It's set in pagan Scotland so there's a lot of sorcery and supernatural stuff going on just like Harry Potter. Actually it's more like Game of Thrones—it's exactly like Game of Thrones, in fact, both in mood and in amounts of blood.

Mr. Ray Brad
Henry Avila
The play starts with the standard three witches, (which Shakespeare practically invented) plotting the assassination of Duncan.Why the King of Scotland is to be killed is never explained.The weird sisters maybe just like to cause evil.Their tool is Macbeth , a lord and very ambitious man, married to an even more, woman.Scotland in the mid 11th century is barbaric,bloody,and with the nobles always fighting for power.The English and Norsemen also battle for influence in that rough land.A great opp ...more
mark monday
i love this play like a simile I can't come up with.

well that last review pretty much sums up anything i could possibly ever say. i even stole that first line up there from one of the reviews above. sometimes it's okay
Should you attend a Shakespeare performance at the delightful Bruns Amphitheatre in Orinda, California, you will be giving your tacit agreement to observe Amphitheatre Etiquette. This means that you agree to be scentsitive, to avoid repelling other patrons and attracting yellow jackets (sic). Furthermore, enjoyment of your gourmet pickled flamingo haunches in an elderberry reduction sprinkled with ground cervine fewmets will be conducted in accordance with the prevailing Bay Area norms for sybar ...more
Melissa Rudder
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The original Shakespeare classic. For me, anyway.

I'll get around to a full review later, but I have to say that I stand by my five-star rating. This book/play is absolutely electric and incredibly well-woven in terms of characterization, plot twists and the supernatural. It has stood the test of time, and it reflects both the flare of Shakespeare's writing and his gift for storytelling.

I will say this, though: I once listened to an audiobook of this, and it made me furiously angry. Why? Every si
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There's a tangible futility in reviewing Shakespeare's plays, particularly his great tragedies. Is there anything that hasn't yet been said? And even a unique thought, what can that add to the infinite edifice of Shakespeare's four-centuries of fame and praise? Thankfully, that isn't the point of reviews, at least not for this humble reviewer on GoodReads. Reviewing, for me, is about unlocking what I think and what I believe, by rummaging around in my feeble brain for things to say about great ( ...more
K.D. Absolutely
This is the third work of Shakespeare that I've read and it is downright depressing for its tragedy and bloodbath. Last year, I read A Midsummer Night's Dream (4 stars) and Hamlet (4 stars) and I really liked them both. Midsummer is a comedy of lost individual identity while Hamlet, although a tragedy, has a strong theme of a son's love to his father.

Makbet is the Tagalog translation of William Shakespeare's Macbeth. Its main them is hypocrisy and deception. These themes are clearly set by the
Oct 09, 2007 Jeff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who have those niftly little Tide pens
"Are you going to see Shakespeare in the park tonight or what? Macbeth starts tonight. You said you’d go and see it."
"Dammit. I did didn’t I? Okay, what time?"
"Meet at my place around six. Oh, and we’re going to get some wine."

I wasn’t in the mood to see Shakespeare. I was miserable, for various reasons. Still, I went.

“Welcome to Shakespeare in the park. Please no flash photography.” the recorded message said.

I thought about her, and what she was doing at that exact moment, and I started drinki
I read Macbeth when I was younger -- year seven or so -- and watched some kind of adaptation of it made for TV. I didn't remember it well enough to do any kind of review (and Shakespeare is usually too recent for me, and irrelevant for my purposes, since he never touched on the Matter of Britain). Anyway, I had a long car journey today, and a pound or two left of a gift certificate, so I bought myself Macbeth and Hamlet for my Kindle.

I still don't like reading plays, but it is funny when reading
Currently re-reading for, what, the fifth tenth time? I FUCKING LOVE IT.


How on earth can I ever write a review that does justice to this superlative-defying work of drama? Despite three periods of intense study including research into academic works, I continue to find new layers to this piece, and that, in my opinion, is the mark of a true masterpiece (Not that anyone is implying Macbeth is anything but).

The beautiful language, fabulous characters and the sheer, unad
Aubrey scott
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 ...more
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William Shakespeare (baptised 26 April 1564) 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 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been tr ...more
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“By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes.”
“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 fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.”
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