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... I always read ´Macbeth´, it´s the shortest play and has only one plot, when my students have struggled through it, they´ve done enough. You find the language difficult, you have no idea what it means to foreign students! Before we open the book I ask them if they´re superstitious. ´Of course ... Read review

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A Tale Told By An Idiot

Advantagesthrilling, moving


"...different images. In the second scene Macbeth and his friend Banquo, two captains, are described indirectly by another soldier praising their brave deeds during the battle and we´re informed about a traitor, the Thane of Cawdor, who assisted the enemy albeit in vain. King Duncan decides on the spot to have him executed, ´Go pronounce his present death/And with his former title greet Macbeth.´ So Macbeth is promoted for his bravery, but gets the ..." Read review

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Community Level 2Doni07


Macbeth: Mad or Bad.

AdvantagesTeaches a lot of lessons.

DisadvantagesThe language is hard to understand at times.

"...it is often debated whether Macbeth was evil or whether he was just a victim of his own ambition. It is clear at the beginning, Macbeth is a brave and loyal soldier but tragedies unfold and one death quickly leads to another. Carried along by the persuasion of his wife, Macbeth gets deeper and deeper into his own guilt, struggling to make the witches prophecies come true. He realizes that the witches have tricked him and the play ends in a disastrous ..." Read review

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Community Level 6Bryn_Pearson


Fair is foul and foul is fair.

Advantagesstrong straightforward plot

Disadvantagessome people will find the language hard going.

"Macbeth is one of my favourite Shakespeare plays, probably because it was one of the first ones I encountered. I think it could be argued that the popular concept of witches comes largely from this play, with lines in it being frequently quoted "hubble bubble, toil and trouble" and of course those gloriously strange spell sessions. The plot: Macbeth is on his way home from fighting, and meets three witches on the road. They tell him he will be ..." Read review

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Community Level 1bobcatpeace


not wills best



"Malcolm refers to Macbeth and his wife as “this dead butcher and his fiend-like Queen.” Both characters mentioned in this quotation are dead by the end of the play. Their deaths are both a result of their scheming to kill Duncan. Lady Macbeth killed herself because of her guilt. Macbeth was killed by Macduff as he had had his family slain. In Act One, Scene Five, Lady Macbeth is reading the letter that her husband had sent her concerning ..." Read review

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Community Level 2beckymilar_4


Lady Macbeth ?EVIL?

AdvantagesBrilliant characterisation

DisadvantagesBit difficult to read at points

"Macbeth by William Shakespeare is one of my fav plays by Shakespeare. The characters and language are brilliant and although at times the play s difficult to read it is actually one of Sahkespeare's easiest plays. And much easier compared to King Lear or Julius Cesar etc. The story is based around the Scottish monarchy when King Duncan was in power. Macbeth then kills Duncan to gain the throne. It is a story based on power and is gripping throughout. ..." Read review

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Type Play
Title Macbeth
Author William Shakespeare
ISBN 0743477103
EAN 9780743477109


Listed on Ciao since 02/07/2000

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