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One night on the heath, the brave and respected general Macbeth encounters three witches who foretell that he will become king of Scotland. At first sceptical, he’s urged on by the ruthless, single-minded ambitions of Lady Macbeth, who suffers none of her husband’s doubt. But seeing the prophecy through to the bloody end leads them both spiralling into paranoia, tyranny, m ...more
Paperback, Folger Shakespeare Library Edition, 249 pages
Published July 1st 2013 by Simon & Schuster (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 foll…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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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:





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 when all reviews were uniformly plainspoke
May 18, 2008 rated it liked it
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.


WITCHES: ThaneofGlamisandCawdorandFutureKingsayswhat?


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
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 a
Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Macbeth by William Shakespeare

The book presents the story of a nobleman who entered the path of evil. Initially, he was still undecided. Nevertheless decided to murder the king. And thus, he fell into a vicious circle of crime, from which it is impossible to get out because "blood will have blood." Just because of the archaism writing, I had to give this book some time. Otherwise found the story really astounding.
Life ... is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

Sep 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: plays
This play always holds a place in my heart and the top spot of most embarassing moments in my life. In fifth grade we did a full production of this as our class play and I was honored to be cast as Macbeth (I went to a weird school). I still have many of my monologues memorized. Because memory loves embarrasing moments. Anyways, after months of rehersal the big day comes and they invite every 4th and 5th grade class to come watch along with all our parents and grandparents who wanted to be proud ...more
Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
Amalia Gkavea
‘’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 jus
Jul 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
“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.”

this is probably my favorite shakespeare.

witches. ladies doing murder. prophecies. what's not to love? beyond that there's the witty writing and clever wordplay and sex puns we all know and love from billy shakes.

this passes that with flying colors.

i also am super glad i read this for a class, because even though i love reading shakespeare of my own accord because it corroborates the fact that i am an Intellectual and an Academic and a Quiet Genius, there's just something about analyzing it wi
Paul Bryant
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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,
Fillet of a fenny
I absolutely loved this play! 😍
myo (myonna reads)
May 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
the fact that macbeth wife kills herself and he just goes 🤷🏾‍♀️
Sean Barrs
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. You needed to
Henry Avila
Oct 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 (an appropriate name ) maybe they just like to cause evil, such a brilliant scene to see and absorb. 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 greedy nobles perpetually fighting for t ...more
Emily May
Dec 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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 of ge
"Fair is foul, and foul is fair." ...more
After winning a battle against Norway in his name, Macbeth, Thane of Glamis and appointed Thane of Cawdor for his bravery, assassinates the righteous King Duncan. He thus succeeds in acceding to the throne and reigns with an iron fist to keep it, fulfilling the predictions signified to him by the three Fatales. But unable to endure the tyranny exercised by the new sovereign, many went to help plot revenge to return the throne to Duncan's rightful heir, Malcolm.
Macbeth is my first Shakespearean t
"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 for fame and
Michael Finocchiaro
What else can be said about Macbeth. An infinite amount of movies and theatre productions have been made of this most tragic of tragedies, most horrific of horror stories - complete with witches and murder. Lady Macbeth is one of literature's ultimate evil women and she can never manage to wash the blood off her hands - such a fantastic psychological illustration of guilt has never been surpassed until perhaps Raskolnikov's dialogs with Sonya in Crime and Punishment. A must-read and one of the g ...more
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}


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
Leonard Gaya
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
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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
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 thi
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 destined to scare🐯👍
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
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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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