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3.89  ·  Rating details ·  615,025 ratings  ·  9,937 reviews
Promised a golden future as ruler of Scotland by three sinister witches, Macbeth murders the king to ensure his ambitions come true. But he soon learns the meaning of terror - killing once, he must kill again and again, and the dead return to haunt him. A story of war, witchcraft and bloodshed, Macbeth also depicts the relationship between husbands and wives, and the risks ...more
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Published by Larousse (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)
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David
Jan 05, 2010 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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Madeline
May 18, 2008 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: ThaneofG
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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:
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:


Macbeth:


Witches:


Everyone:
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Bill Kerwin

Macbeth is Shakespeare's darkest play not only because of the restricted palette of its images--shades of black varied with bright red blood--but also because, in the play's world of warfare and witchcraft, its hero is half-damned from the start.

Inured to violence, prone to superstition, Macbeth struggles with the hags' predictions in the depth of his soul. But his wife, fiercely ambitious, never struggles. When he is haunted by his imagination, she is steadfast: preparing everything, looking after th
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Tragedy of Macbeth, William Shakespeare
Macbeth (The Tragedy of Macbeth) is a tragedy by William Shakespeare; it is thought to have been first performed in 1606. A brave Scottish general named Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia. Forced to commit more and more murd
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Brina
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Over the past year, I have branched out in my reading, attempting authors and genres that I had not discovered before. Recently, I read Serena by Ron Rash in which the title character is compared to Lady Macbeth. While Serena may be ruthless, I had never read the play so I could not contrast the two heroines. Another of my reading goals this year is increasing my reading of classics. Up until now, I had predominantly read modern classics, and found a worthy reason to read an older masterpiece. S ...more
jessica
Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
highlights of this play include, but are not limited to:
- the witches! they are the original halloween qweens. they are serving some major spooky realness. also, they went and haunted a woman just because she wouldnt share her hazelnuts. that is the exact level of petty that i aspire to be.

- lady macbeth. honestly, everything she says (especially to her husband) is so savage. she doesnt want to be a queen, she wants to be the queen. and her first scene is iconic. “unsex me.” yaaassss. ditch tho/>
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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. Im
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Amalia Gavea
‘’There’s husbandry in heaven; Their candles are all out.’’

This is a text that has been brewing inside my mind for quite some times. I started reading Jo Nesbø’s retelling of Macbeth two days ago (quite interesting so far, by the way…) and it gave me the chance to reflect on a masterpiece that isn’t just a play but a psychological study of power, ambition and the darkest recesses of the human soul. I don’t presume I am able to write a ‘’review’’ on Shakespeare’s works. Goodness, no! This is just my
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Lyn
Jul 18, 2011 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.”

Macbeth is a tragic hero but, like Richard III, is also villain, and like Milton, Shakespeare i
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Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
Be bloody, bold, and resolute. Laugh to scorn
The power of man, for none of woman born
Shall harm Macbeth.


Poor old Macbeth. You were doomed from the very first act. Your mistake was believing in hearsay, prophecy and half-truths. You were an excellent Thane, noble and strong. But you were never meant to be King. You should never have told your wife about the witches, that way the fires of your ambition would never have been fanned.

You only committed in halves to the witches advice. Y
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İntellecta
"Fair is foul, and foul is fair."
Aishu Rehman
Macbeth, one of William Shakespeare’s most famous tragic plays, is a quick read despite being in Early Modern English. It’s also one of his shortest plays. It’s not easy to read this kind of English, so it makes it difficult to review.

The story is a simple one of lust for power and seemingly endless murder. Macbeth, one of King Duncan’s most trusted noblemen in Scotland, is driven by Lady Macbeth and the witches to put himself into power. I could tell from the beginning that it was d
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Paul Bryant
Act One. Scene Minus One.

A greasy spoon café on a Blasted Heath. Three Witches at a Table.

First Witch : It’s not warm, though, is it?

Second Witch : Cold it be and warm it bain’t –
This café could do with a coat of paint

Third Witch : I wish you wouldn’t do that all the time.

Second Witch : (To Waiter) Excuse me – what’s the soup of the day?

Waiter: Scotch broth.

Second Witch : What’s in it?

Waiter : Toad, that under cold stone
Days and nights has thirty-one
Swelter'd venom sleeping got,/>Second/>:/>Second/>Third/>Second/>First/>A
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Luís C.
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Luís by: JC/FH
My Macbeth's second read.

Written in an economy prodigy, one of Shakespeare's shorter pieces, based on accounts of wars between noble lineages in England, Scotland and Ireland, Macbeth is one of the author's bloodiest tragedies. Of the protagonists only two survive, it is the tragedy par excellence of human ambition. The tragedy in Scotland tells the story of Macbeth, one of King Duncan's generals, successful in his fight with the rebels. He is visited by three witches who predict their fate
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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!
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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.
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Lisa
"Blood will have blood."

Naked ambition and ruthlessness combined with superstition and entitlement belief is a strong cocktail, carefully mixed in the witches' cauldron. The spicy recipe is of course hard to digest, and only those taunted and ridiculed in their toxic masculinity by "unsexed" wives will swallow the bait and act out the disaster.

Despite the centuries of democratisation that form a barrier between us and Macbeth' dream of "safe power", one recognises the brutal wish f
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Leonard Gaya
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I recently attended the Royal Shakespeare Company’s performance of Macbeth at the Barbican Centre (London, 2019, directed by Polly Findlay). In this interpretation of the play, Macbeth and the men around him are modern infantrymen. The staging does not point explicitly to a situation on which Shakespeare could shed some light — although current and unsettling examples would have been easy to pick. We are in Hell itself. The Weird Sisters are played by very young girls, who strangely resemble the twin g ...more
Dolors
Feb 18, 2015 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.
Thr/>
“The
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☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
A reread, a one that disappointed me a freaking lot. Once again. I really want to believe that humans are better than this. Or have been at some historical point. Then, bam!, and this arrives on my reading stack and proves to me that people have always been fucked up in their respective heads. Thanks a freaking lot! And here I was building my dreamcastle and getting ready to wear some rose glasses!

This is not about a good marriage. This is about how some people can instigate each other to do we
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James
Book Review
Ah Macbeth... good old, dark and devious Macbeth. We read this as part of a 10th grade AP English course and watched a movie to compare the differences between the two versions. Everyone has his or her own take on Macbeth. I rather enjoyed the play back in high school and then again in college during my English major. It's nearly 500 years old. Even by today's standards, it has some of the most fun drama you could imagine. It's sort of like a reality TV show, don't you think?

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Emily May
Dec 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays, classics
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
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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
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Jason Koivu
Sep 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, favorites
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 the spirits and read
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Leo .
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Scottish Game of Thrones

With real witches and crones

Double, double toil and troubles

A cauldron that bubbles

Black magic, and woes

All Royals are foes

Each eager for absolute power

To be the master, in the tower

The one that sees all

As all the Kingdoms, before him fall

Much blood on his hands, a dagger before him, a nightmare

A story of betrayal, and many battles, and des
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emma
rereading this in preparation for my next WIP :)))

plotting

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Macbeth is my all-time favorite of Shakespeare’s plays—which, to be clear, isn’t that high of a compliment considering I’ve only read five in total and didn’t enjoy most of those. BUUUUT I swear I am not exaggerating, this one is really fucking fantastic. There’s something about the eerie atmosphere of magic, prophecy, greed, and violence that sets it apart from the others. It’s more dramatic, intriguing, and mysterious, and reads almost li
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Darwin8u
Mar 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama, shakespeare, 2017
“Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires.”
― William Shakespeare, Macbeth

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I haven't read this since I was in HS. Loved it. Probably my biggest complaint is how slim it is. But, Shakespeare is at the top of his game. Based on an account of the reigns of Duncan and Makbeth in "the Chronicals of Scotland"
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Natalie Monroe


That's it. That's Macbeth in one sentence.
Nandakishore Varma
1/11/2016



Private servers and deleted emails,
A slew of complaints from molested females;
Presidential candidates with short fingers and dicks,
A campaign dominated by insolent pricks:
Scams in the name of charitable foundations,
Unreleased returns and Russian relations...

Double, double, toil and trouble:
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.
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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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