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3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  475,559 Ratings  ·  6,472 Reviews
In its concentration of interest upon the protagonists, Macbeth can be seen as Shakespeare's experiment in unity of focus, whose chief appeal arises from the struggles of the central characters with each other and with the infernal powers that inspire or govern them. Over the centuries, the vision of directors like Welles, Nunn and Polanski, as well as the eloquent talents ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published May 5th 1992 by Wordsworth Editions (first published 1606)
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Ellie Macbeth is good, if you can understand it. It is written by Shakespeare, so the writing is a little hard to comprehend normally. And if you can't…moreMacbeth is good, if you can understand it. It is written by Shakespeare, so the writing is a little hard to comprehend normally. And if you can't follow the text, then you can't understand what is going on, either.
If you are fine with the writing, then yes, the book provides an intriguing ensemble, plot, and allows you to look in the face of ambition and power.(less)
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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Madeline
Sep 14, 2009 Madeline rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shakespeare
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.

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
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David
May 18, 2010 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 GodFearingGoodlyReading.com) when all reviews were uniformly plainspoke
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Annie
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:


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Witches:


Everyone:
Jason
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
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Bill  Kerwin

This is Shakespeare's darkest play not only because of the restricted palette of its images--shades of black occasionally varied with the bright red of blood--but also because, in the play's vicious world of warfare and witchcraft, its hero is half-damned from the start.
Mohammed Arabey
Jun 04, 2016 Mohammed Arabey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
هي قصة جنرال جيش، يكافئه الملك بحكم مدينة
لكنه ينقلب عليه ويقتله، لطموحٍ ونبوءة خبيثة
ليصبح ملكا بالانقلاب، ويده ستخضب بدماء عديدة
انها لعبة العروش...تلك اللعبة المقيتة
من اقترف في سبيلها جريمة..ستجر عليه خطيئة تلو الخطيئة

اه يا جورج آر آر مارتين..لقد ظلمناك ظلما مبينا
لقد فاقك شكسبير دموية...وقتل الضيف ولم يراع حقوق المُضيفة

هو انا عشان قريت مسرحيتين، لن اكتب مراجعات سوي بتلك الطريقة؟
عذرا مرة اخري عزيزي القارئ..إن العادات لا تموت إلا ميتة بطيئة

"ملحوظة : المراجعة من وحي الخيال..واي تشابه بينها وبين ال
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Raghad Frehat
تعالي أيتها الأرواح الراعية للفكر الإجرامي وجرديني هنا من أنوثتي واملئيني من قمة رأسي إلى إخمص قدمي بأبشع ضروب القسوة و أحيلي ما في عروقي إلى دمٍ غليظ . وأغلقي كل منافذ الندم حتى لا تفسد علي مشاعر الرحمة خطتي الوحشية تعالي أيتها الأرواح الفتاكة الى جسدي الأنثوي وتعال الليل البهيم ملتفعًا بدخان الجحيم الداكن حتى لا ترى سكيني المشحوذة ما تحدثه من جراح و حتى لا تتمكن السماء من الرؤية عبر أطناب الظلام فتصيح بي : كفى ! كفى!
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ماكبث. رجل غير أخلاقي مأساته في مجتمع أخلاقي
ماكبث! سيد جلامس و سيد كودور وا
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Huda Yahya
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
Signifying nothing



هذا في رأيي هو أفضل سطر كتب عن العدمية في التاريخ
وهو السطر الذي استمد منه فولكنز عنوان رائعته الصخب والعنف

هذا هو كتابي المفضل رقم (1)
وسيظل كذلك ما حييت

نبوغ شكسبير لا يحتاج أحدا ليدلل عليه
فأكيف بالله عليكم أحلل أو أناقش عملا له
لا أملك الجرأة بعد
وإن أتتني الجرأة فهل تسعفني الكلمات؟

قصتي مع ماكبث تتلخص في هيام تام بكل حرف كُتب
وبكل مشهد صور

سطور ماكبث تطاردني في كل مكان
تحلق أمامي أبدية الخلود
تؤكد لي يوما بعد يوم أنها ستظل محفورة بداخلي

استطعتُ
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Anne
3.5 stars

So I listened to the Playaway audio version, and it was good! Instead of someone reading the story, this one has a whole cast reading it like a play. There's even sound effects!
{insert booming thunder}

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I know, right?!
So, yeah, that was very cool!

Now, as far as the actual play goes?
Eh. It was ok.
Wait, wait, wait! Before you tell me I'm an idiot (debatable), and that this was the best thing since sliced cheese, let me remind you that I was listening to this sucker, so it's not like I coul
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Dolors
Mar 29, 2015 Dolors rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Believers of the occult & Skeptics
While nature remains an impassive witness that blossoms with wounded beauty and treacherous storms in “King Lear”, it embodies a mystic underworld rich with esoteric tradition and almost sacrilegious imagery in “Macbeth”.
Apparitions, ghosts and witches dance at the tune of lyrical prophecies and besiege the open plains of Scotland during nighttime. Only Macbeth hears their infantile incantations:

“The weyward sisters, hand in hand,
Posters of the sea and land,
Thus go do about, about.
Thrice to thin
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Kat Stark
Dec 03, 2015 Kat Stark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, literature


And the award to best female villain!! Guess who.

Lyn
May 12, 2016 Lyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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 fools
The way to dusty death.”

Mac
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Maureen
This was really interesting, and the audiobook I listened to was GREAT, but it wasn't my favorite Shakespeare.
Maybe I'm just not a fan of some tragedies? In Macbeth, everyone is just the worst, but it's very interesting to read about them even if I don't love it.
I want to try reading it again / seeing it, but reading it so spread out and not actually seeing it played out probably hurt my rating.
Natalie Monroe


That's it. That's Macbeth in one sentence.
Bram
May 04, 2013 Bram rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, the-bard, 2013
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
Apr 29, 2014 Jason Koivu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fiction
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
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Manny
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.
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MACBETH:

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

ATTENDANT:

Well, actually, my lord
There's quite a few down at the bar
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Mizo ۞ [منذر]
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الرِّجـالُ إِمّـا أَن يُعـامَلـونَ بِكَرَمٍ وإِمّـا أَن يُدَمَّـرُون ، لأَنّهُـم يَــأخُذون بِالثَّـأرِ على الجراح الطَّفِـيفَة ، أَما علَى الثَّقـِيلة ... فَلا يَسـتَطِيـعُـــون !
~ نيكولو ميكيافيلي



لست متأكدا إن كان هذا الاقتباس مناسبا للمسرحية ؛ لكنه لا شك مناسبا لبعض أحداثها .
وإن هذا القول يشابه بشدة قول شكسبير في مسرحيته ؛ الا أنه قالها بطريقة شاعرية أكثر
؛ فهو يقول : "قد أصبنا الأفعى بجراح دون أن نقتلها ، وستندمل هذه الجراح وتعود الأفعى كما كانت ؛ وتظل قوانا الواهنة في خطر من أنيابها " .
لطال
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Jean
“It will have blood, they say; blood will have blood.”

Macbeth is a very bloodthirsty play. Each page seems saturated with blood. Blood and slaughter are constantly in the characters' minds, and Shakespeare ensures that our thoughts too are steeped in the imagery of blood. The line spoken by Duncan at the start of scene two “What bloody man is that?” immediately impresses us with the idea of blood. It is the play's real first scene, introducing the main characters after the witches' scene; that e
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Hayat
“By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes.”



This is my first time reading Shakespeare's Macbeth and it was wicked and wonderful, and so much more than I expected. The drama and madness of Macbeth and his wife was riveting and Shakespeare's language and use of expression was one of the things I fell in love with here. For the first time ever, I can see why many people love his plays and why they rave about his use of language etc...

“Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my
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Rowena
Apr 08, 2013 Rowena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, shakespeare
"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
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Emily May
May 17, 2015 Emily May rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Still my favourite Shakespeare play? I think so.
Language-wise, Shakespeare is always a master. He invented many a word and phrase that we all use even today, centuries later. But some of the stories and characters are better than others. Macbeth, in my opinion, sits near the top of the pile. The witches and their fateful prophecies, the bloody betrayals, the madness of Lady Macbeth, and the tragedy of Macbeth himself. Bringing about his own prophesised downfall, step by step. Nothing short of ge
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Magrat Ajostiernos
Dec 26, 2015 Magrat Ajostiernos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, teatro
¡Por fin una obra de Shakespeare que me conquista! ¡Ya era hora!
Me ha encantado 'Macbeth', con esa ambientación tenebrosa, las traiciones y asesinatos, sus brujas y espectros... ¡Genial!
Nikos Tsentemeidis
Feb 22, 2016 Nikos Tsentemeidis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theatre, e-books
Τεράστιος ο Shakespeare. Μου θύμισε τραγωδίες του Σοφοκλή και του Ευριπίδη.
Brian
May 31, 2014 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Esteban del Mal
Sep 27, 2010 Esteban del Mal rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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Jonfaith
Nov 28, 2015 Jonfaith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jonfaith by: Gregsamsa
I have no spur
To prick the sides of my intent, but only
Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself
And falls on the other.


Last winter I heard a report on NPR about Stalin's dacha in Sochi. Such featured some curious design features including a bulletproof sofa with extended headrests that prevented his head being exposed from behind to an assassin. The curtains were also shorter in length from the top to prevent someone from hiding from behind them. As I drove I mused as to what sort of world-view
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Carmo Santos
Aug 01, 2015 Carmo Santos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teatro, inglaterra
A sempre apelativa dicotomia bem/mal, a ambição desmedida levada ao limite e à insanidade, a fatal perversidade feminina tão ou mais perigosa que um exército, traição, morte, culpa, loucura e mais morte para expiar o sangue derramado. O génio dramatúrgico de Shakespeare numa histórica baseada em acontecimentos reais, que se mantém tragicamente actual. A humanidade não aprende e não tem emenda. Com um toque de magia e sobrenatural a desencadear os acontecimentos, mas a deixar espaço ao homem para ...more
Huda Aweys
Injustice .. greed .. desire .. In the initial primitive pictures !
Наталия Янева
Името на Макбет съм чувала за пръв път далеч преди да знам кой е Шекспир. Имаше един епизод на „Черното влечуго“ (аз бях доста малка, когато се излъчваше), където при споменаването на Макбет всички се шашкаха, защото било лоша поличба. От там добих впечатлението, че има нещо страховито около неговата съдба. Доста по-късно прочетох и „Посестрими в занаята“ на Тери Пратчет (вече бях наясно с личността на Барда), която си започва като закачлива пародия на Шекспировата пиеса. Толкова за „Макбет“ в п ...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.”
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“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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