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The Tragedy of Macbeth 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 madness and murderThis shocking tragedy a violent caution to those seeking power for its own sake is to this day one of Shakespeare’s most popular and influential masterpieces

About the Author: William Shakespeare

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

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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 GIFsWitches 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 Banuo Macbeth Fleance Malcolm to Macduff Macduff and Malcom Macbeth Lady Macbeth Lady Macbeth Macbeth Army Macbeth Macbeth Witches Everyone

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    Don't you kind of hate how we've entered the decadent phase of Goodreads wherein perhaps fifty percent or 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 andor 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 GodFearingGoodlyReadingcom when all reviews were uniformly plainspoken merely utilitarian unpretentious and above all else dull dull dull? Don't you kind of hate when people say 'don't you think this way or feel that way' in an effort to goad you both psychologically and grammatically into agreeing with them?In the words of ABBA I do I do I do I do I doWell because the interwebs is a world in which the past stands shoulder to shoulder with the present and with fetish porn we can revisit the past in its inviolable presentness any time we wish Or at least until this website finally tanksConsider won't you? Matt Nieberle's review of Macbeth in its entirety I have bound it with a heavy rope and dragged it here for your perusal Please understand that many a sic are implied in the following reviewsits really complicated and stupidwhy cant we be reading like Romeo and Juliet??at least that book is goodThere you have it Refreshingly not a review written in one of the witch's voices or alluding to Hillary and Bill Clinton or discussing the reviewer's first period Just a primal yell unleashed into the dark wilderness of the cosmos Yes Mr Nieberle is probably a teenager but I admire his ability to strongarm the temptation to be clever or ironic Don't you? He speaks the native language of the idk generation with an economy and a clarity that renders his convictions all the emphatic Here's MICHAEL's review of the same play You may 'know' MICHAEL; he is the 'Problems Architect' here at Goodreads A problematic title itself in that it implies that he designs problems which might be the case for all I knowThis book shouldn't be reuired reading reading plays that you don't want to read is awfulReading a play kinda sucks to begin with if it was meant to be read then it would be a novel not a play On top of that the teach had us students read the play aloud on person for each character for a couple pages None of us had read the play before None of us wanted to read it I made the mistake of taking the 'easy' english class for 6 years The teacher picked students that looked like they weren't paying attention All of this compounded to make me pretty much hate reading classics for something like 10 years granted macbeth alone wasn't the problemI also hate iambic pentameterPure activism there STOP the mandatory reading of plays It's wrong morally and academically Plus it can really fuck up your GPA There's no wasteful extravagance in this editorial no fanfare no fireworks no linked photos of half naked oiled up big bosomed starlets no invented dialogues between the author and the review writer It's simple and memorable Being reuired to read plays is wrong and if you reuire anyone under duress to read a play then you have sinned and are going to hell if you believe in hell If not you're going to the DMVI am also tired of all you smug spelling snobs You damnable fascists with your new fangled dictionaries and your fancy schmancy spell check Sometimes the passionate immediacy of a message overcomes its spelling limitations Also in this age when we are taught to respect each other's differences it seems offensively egocentric and mean spirited to expect others to kowtow to your petty linguistic rules Artistic expression will free itself no matter how you try to shackle itThat's your cue AubreyIn my personal opinion the play Macbeth was the worste peice ever written by Shakespeare and this is saying uite 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 why it is so easy to assume that Macbeth would be willing to do good instead of evil if only his wife were possitive I believe that this play is uterally unrealisticBut the following is by far the ne plus ultra of classic book reviewing While succinct and without any distracting inclination to coyness or cuteness Jo's review alludes to a bitterness so profound that it is inexpressible One imagines a few Signet Classic Editions hacked to bits with pruning shears in Jo's vicinityI hate this play So much so that I can't even give you any analogies or similes as to how much I despise it An incrementally snarkier type might have said something like 'I hate this play like a simile I can't come up with' Not Jo She speaks a raw undecorated truth unfit for figurative language And there's certainly nothing wrong with that Once in a great while when you get neck deep in dandified pomo hijinks it's a nice wallow in the hog pen you're itchin' for Thank you Jo I love you and your futile grasping at similes that can't approach the bilious hatred in your heart You are mine and I am yours Figuratively speaking of course And now here's my review Macbeth by William Shakespeare is the greatest literary work in the English language and anyone who disagrees is an asshole and a dumbhead

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    Years after first adding this to my Shakespeare shelf I finally sat down and did it So here long overdue isThe Scottish Play abridgedWITCHES Bibbity bobbity boo Time to fuck with the mortalsDUNCAN Isn’t Macbeth great? Now there’s a guy I can always trust to have my back I should promote himMACBETH AND DUNCAN WEEEEE ARE THE CHAMPIONS MY FRIEEEENDS YES WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS WEEEE ARE THE CHAMPIONS NO TIME FOR WITCHES ThaneofGlamisandCawdorandFutureKingsayswhat?MACBETH What?WITCHES Oh and Banuo your kids are going to be kings someday Good luck working that one out POOFvanishBANUO DudeMACBETH Great news honey I meet these witches and they told me I was gonna be the thane of Cawdor and then BAM the king promoted me and they also said I was gonna be king someday so I guess Duncan’s going to make me his heir or somethingLADY MACBETH Cool I’ll invite him over and then you can kill himMACBETH Iwait what?LADY MACBETH KILL THE KING YOU PUSSYDUNCAN Hey Macbeth how’s my favorite MACBETH I KEEL YOUDUNCAN’S SONS GTFOBANUO So anyway son apparently you’re going to be king someday but I don’t really see how since now Macbeth’s the king but anywayASSASSIN I KEEL YOUBANUO’S SON GTFOMACBETH Hey there nice witches I need some help I just saw Duncan's ghost and I’ve been killing a lot of people and my wife’s losing what few marbles she had to begin with –LADY MACBETH THE BLOOD IS THE LIFE THE BLOOD IS THE LIFE I KEEL MYSELF offstageMACBETH and I’m not so sure about this whole prophecy thing anyWITCHES Don’t sweat it you can’t be killed by any man born of woman and you won’t really be in trouble until the forest starts movingMACBETH Wait didn’t something kind of like that happen in The Lord of the Rings? WITCHES NO Also watch out for MacduffMACBETH Cool I’ll go kill his whole family nowWITCHES This is just too much fun We should have thought of this years agoMACDUFF Macbeth you are SO going down MACBETH Joke’s on you sucker I can’t be killed by anyone born of woman and since Caesarians haven’t been invented youoh shit MACDUFF I KEEL YOUWITCHES More popcorn Hecate? THE END

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    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 the details urging him on It is only afterward when he is thoroughly damned coldly vicious that she finds she cannot wash Duncan's blood off from her handsAmong other things this play is the portrait of a good marriage If that is a good marriage can be made in hell

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    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 and murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion he soon becomes a tyrannical ruler The bloodbath and conseuent civil war swiftly take Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into the realms of madness and death عنوانها «مکبث»؛ «تراژدی مکبث»؛ نویسنده ویلیام شکسپیر؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش در سال 1972میلادیعنوان مکبث؛ نویسنده ویلیام شکسپیر؛ مترجم عبدالرحیم احمدی؛ تهران، اندیشه، چاپ دوم 1346؛ در 192ص؛ با مقدمه موریس مترلینگ؛ چاپ پنجم 1357؛ در 152ص؛ موضوع نمایشنامه های نویسندگان سده های 16م و 17م انگلستان سده 17معنوان تراژدی مکبث؛ نویسنده ویلیام شکسپیر؛ مترجم فرنگیس شادمان نمازی؛ تهران، بنگاه ترجمه و نشر، 1340، چاپ دوم 1351؛ با متن انگلیسی در 101ص؛ زیر نظر احسان یارشاطر؛ چاپ دیگر تهران، علمی فرهنگی؛ 1365، در 89ص؛ چاپ بعدی 1370، در 152ص؛ چاپ ششم علمی فرهنگی، 1374 در 101ص؛ چاپ هفتم 1375؛ شابک 9644450175؛ چاپ هشتم 1378؛ چاپ دهم 1381؛ چاپ یازدهم 1382؛ چاپ دوازدهم 1384؛ چاپ سیزدهم 1388؛ چاپ چهاردهم 1391؛ شابک 9789644450174؛ مترجم خسرو شایسته؛ تهران، سپیده، 1364، در 96ص؛مترجم داریوش آشوری؛ تهران، آگاه، 1371، در 100ص؛ چاپ دوم 1373؛مترجم محمدصادق شریعتی؛ تهران، گویش نوه، 1393، در 120ص؛ شابک 9786006382487؛مترجم علی مجتهدزاده؛ تهران، نگارش الکترونیک، 1395، در 122ص؛ شابک 9786008299172؛مترجم حمید الیاسی؛ تهران، روشنگران، 1395، در 279ص؛ شابک 9789641941194؛مترجم بیتا حسینی؛ تهران، اسحاق، 1395، در 64ص؛ شابک 9786008175230؛تراژدی در تراژدی همیشه سرنوشت قهرمان و دیگران، از رویدادهای دلپسند آغاز سپس به فاجعه پایان میشوند «مکبث» را شاهکار «شکسپیر» خوانده اند، به گمانم همه ی آثار این نامدار، بی اغراق به چنین صفتی آراسته هستند؛ این نمایشنامه، شرح زندگی سردار دلیری ست «مکبث» نام، وسوسه ها او را برمیانگیزند، تا ولی نعمت خود را، که مهمان او نیز هست، بکشد؛ سپس ایشان میمانند و قلم پرفروغ استاد تراژدی، تا سیاهی تباهی روح انسانی را به نمایش درآورند؛ این نمایشنامه کوتاه‌ترین تراژدی، و یکی از محبوب‌ترین آثار ایشان است، که بنا به باور بسیاری، بین سال‌های 1599میلادی تا سال 1606میلادی نگاشته شده است؛ اساس «تراژدی مکبث» رویدادهای تاریخی «اسکاتلند» است، اما «شکسپیر» موافق ذوق و طبع هنری و ادبی خویش، تغییراتی در آنها داده، و رخداد جنگ‌ها را، به هم آمیخته‌ است؛ این نمایشنامه ی جاویدان، ماجرای آسیب جسمی، آثار منفی روحی ـ روانی، و جاه طلبی سیاسی کسانی ست، که به‌ دنبال نفس قدرت هستند؛نمایشنامه نخستین بار که احتمالاً خود «شکسپیر» نیز در آن به ایفای نقش پرداخته؛ ماه آوریل یا آپریل سال 1611میلادی بوده، که بنا به شرح مکتوب «سیمون فورمن منجم، طبیب و گیاه‌شناس انگلیسی دربار ملکه الیزابت نخست» در تئاتر جهان، واقع در «لندن »اجرا شده است؛ نخستین نمونه ی چاپی از این نمایشنامه، در سال 1623میلادی در کتاب «مجموعه آثار نمایشنامه‌ ای کمدی، تاریخی، و تراژدیهای شکسپیر»، در زمان پادشاهی «جیمز یکم»، در «انگلستان» به چاپ رسید، و انتشار یافت؛ «شاه جیمز اول» را از حامیان آثار، و نوشته‌ های شکسپیر دانسته اند؛ و بعضی از آثار نمایشنامه‌ ای «شکسپیر» در زمان او نوشته شده است؛ اکثر آثار اما، در دوره ی سلطنت «الیزابت اول»، تدوین و اجرا شده اند؛ همه ی نمایشنامه‌ های «شکسپیر» ترکیبی از نظم و نثر هستند؛نمایشنامه «مکبث» به اسثتنای چند بخش کوتاه، تقریبا به طور کامل منظوم، یعنی به شعر است؛ پس از گذشت سده ‌ها، هنوز شخصیت‌های اصلی این نمایشنامه نظیر «مکبث» و «بانو مکبث»، جذاب و در عین حال دستمایه ی ساخت آثار اقتباسی سینمایی و تلویزیونی، تئاتر و اپرا، و اقتباس ادبی به شکل رمان، و کمیک بوک نیز بوده است؛ تراژدی «مکبث» شرح زندگی پرحادثه ی سرداری دلیر و لایق به نام «مکبث» است؛ «دانکن»، پادشاه شریف و مهربان «اسکاتلند»، او را از میان هواخواهان خود برمی‌کشد، و به وی لقب و منصب می‌بخشد، اما «مکبث» بر اثر تلقین جادوگران، و وسوسه ی نفس، و به اغوای زن جاه‌ طلب خویش در شبی که پادشاه میهمان ایشان هستند، او را در خواب به قتل می‌رساند، و با این قتل، جهنمی برای خویش به‌ وجود می‌آورد؛ «مکبث» از آن پس گرفتار عذاب وجدان می‌شود، چندان که هر آهنگی و هر در کوفتنی او را هراسان می‌کند؛ سردار «مکبث»، و سردار «بانکو»، پس از شکست سپاهیان «نروژی»، و در راه بازگشت به «اسکاتلند»، با جادوگرانی روبرو می‌شوند، که به آنها از آینده خبر می‌دهند، و در حالی که «امیر کادور» زنده است، او را «سالار کادور» می‌خوانند، و به او می‌گویند شاه خواهد شد؛ ساحران در پاسخ پرسش «بانکو»، می‌گویند فرزندان تو به پادشاهی می‌رسند؛ دو سردار غرق در شگفتی، از ساحران جدا می‌شوند؛ «مکبث» در راه بازگشت، توسط پیک «دانکن» پادشاه «اسکاتلند»، باخبر می‌شود که «امیر کادور» به جرم بی کفایتی به اعدام محکوم شده، و ولایت «کادور» نصیب او شده‌ است، و این پیام تکان دهنده، درستی پیشگویی ساحران را بر او ثابت می‌کند؛ «دانکن امیر کادور» برای تقدیر از سردار پیروز مکبث، به قصر او وارد می‌شود، تا شب را نیز در کاخ او سر کند؛ غافل از آنکه «مکبث»، با وسوسه ی همسرش «لیدی مکبث»، فرجامین شب زندگی او را تدارک دیده‌، «دانکن» در خوابگاه به قتل می‌رسد، و دستان «مکبث» و روان «لیدی مکبث»، به خون ولی نعمتشان، که به فروتنی و تواضع مشهور بوده، آلوده می‌شود؛ اما این پایان ماجرا نیست، و «مکبث» برای آنکه پیشگویی ساحران محقق نشود، قاتلانی را به کشتن فرزندان «بانکو» می‌گمارد؛ «بانکو» که بو برده‌، فرزندش «فلیانس» ممکن است کشته شود، او را فراری می‌دهد، ولی خود کشته می‌شود؛ «مالکوم» فرزند دانکن نیز می‌گریزد، تا مبادا به قتل برسد، و این بر خشم و خون‌خواری «مکبث» می‌افزاید؛ هدف بعدی او «مکداف سالار فایف» است، که او نیز از «اسکاتلند بگریخته»، و به جمع مخالفان «مکبث» پیوسته‌ است؛ اما «مکبث» کاخ «مکداف» را به آتش می‌کشد، و زن و فرزندان سالار «فایف» را، با قساوت به دیار عدم روانه می‌کند؛ اکنون «مکبث» و «لیدی مکبث» را چاپلوسان و بزدلان، دوره کرده‌ اند، و هر آنکس که اندکی شجاعت و غیرت دارد، دو راه پیش روی خویش دارد «گریختن از اسکاتلند»، یا «پذیرش مرگ»؛جوّ هولناکی بر «اسکاتلند» حاکم شده، و حتی مردان بزرگ نیز غالباً از ترس جان، به جنگل پناه می‌برند؛ «لیدی مکبث» که در آرزوی تاج و تخت، مبتلای جنون شده، دستان آلوده‌ اش را می‌شوید، تا خون «دانکن» و دیگران را از آن بزداید؛ اما هر بار بیش از پیش گرفتار عذاب وجدان می‌گردد، و در سرسرای کاخ راه می‌رود، و افشای راز می‌کند، و ندیمه و دیگران بر خود می‌لرزند، که چگونه «بانو مکبث» و «مکبث»، دستشان را به خون دیگران آلوده کرده‌ اند؛ پس نه «مکبث» و نه همسرش شادمان نیستند، و از این روی «مکبث» به ساحران متوسل می‌شود، تا از آنها بشنود، که آینده چگونه خواهد بود؛ ساحران بار دوم دیدار نیز، او را امیدوار می‌کنند، که حکومتش و جانش پابرجا خواهد بود، و مادام که جنگل «بیرنام» به حرکت درنیاید، و کسی که او را مادرش نزاده، آنجا نباشد، کس نمیتواند او را به قتل برساند، و او نباید نگران باشد؛ اما در این بین مخالفان «مکبث» به سرکردگی «مکداف» دردمند و «مالکوم»، درصدد حمله به «اسکاتلند» هستند، و «لیدی مکبث» نیز در اوج جنون به سر می‌برد، «لیدی» سرانجام جان می‌سپارد؛ سربازان تحت امر فرماندهان مخالف «مکبث»، درختان جنگل «بیرنام» را قطع کرده، و با استتار خود در پس آنها، به سوی مقر حکومت «مکبث» حمله می‌برند، و او حرکت جنگل «بیرنام» را، زنگ خطر تحقق پیشگویی ساحران، به حساب می‌آورد؛ اما هنوز امیدوار است که زنده بماند، لیکن هنگامی که از زبان «مکداف» می‌شنود که او از مادر زاده نشده، بلکه با جراحی از شکم مادرش وی را به دنیا آورده ‌اند سزارین، مرگ را پیش روی خود می‌بیند، و چنین نیز می‌شود «مکداف»، «مکبث» را می‌کشد، و سپاهیان وارد کاخ می‌شوند، و «مالکوم» را به پادشاهی «اسکاتلند» برمی‌گزینندتاریخ بهنگام رسانی 01061399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا شربیانی

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    highlights of this play include but are not limited to the witches they are the original halloween weens 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 ueen she wants to be the ueen and her first scene is iconic “unsex me” yaaassss ditch those bonds of femininity be the murderous biotch we all want you to be how someone born by a c section is the key factor for determining the outcome of pretty much everything soooo random lol that the english army thought they could hide behind tree branches and sneak up on macbeth for a surprise attack the fact the macbeth believed it and actually thought it was the forest “what you egg?” is now my go to insult↠ 45 stars

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    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 So it is without further adieu that I present my take on the Bard's Macbeth Shakespeare penned Macbeth around the year 1606 when he was already established as a reputed playwright For this play he chose a contemporary Scottish soldier and references the Scottish crown within the text Yet as in most of Shakespeare's works the Bard was not as much concerned with the history surrounding the play as he was with the characters themselves their desires and motivations Thus Macbeth is regarded as Shakespeare's darkest tragedy The tale begins when Macbeth visits three witches later of double double toil trouble fame They prophesy that he will become the Thane of Crowder Thane of Glowdis and King of Scotland Yet the men who hold these titles are all currently alive Lady Macbeth plots and decides to murder all the key players who stand in the way of her husband becoming king framing other upstanding individuals for her actions She even goes as far as killing those who relayed news to her that King Duncan had been killed even though she herself committed the crime As the tale continues the Lady now ueen continues to plot and has servants and soldiers at her disposal to do her bidding Meanwhile Macbeth also grows weary of rivals to the crown and plots to eliminate anyone who goes against him While Lady Macbeth is at ease being an evil mastermind Macbeth reaches the point where he can not live with himself for murdering Duncan He returns to the witches in an attempt to change the prophesy but it is not to be At this point Lady Macbeth grows emotionally unstable while Macbeth himself is no longer afraid to die in battle as penance for previous crimes committed It is clear that Shakespeare intended for the Lady to be the hungry individual in this drama As in all Shakespearean works the text is not long but a little tedious if one is unused to old English Because I had just read Serena I read along uickly looking for comparisons to the two women allowing me to be engrossed in the prose than I might have been otherwise Shakespeare's words remain timeless over 400 years later deeming Macbeth as well as his other works worthy reads This play was fun because the characters were so dark encouraging me to read Shakespearean tales in the future

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    There are two reasons to love this playThe 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 eually worthy colleagues perhaps—might ualify? 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 possibilities And it is just within your graspif only there were a way to edge out the competition Maybe you could sabotage a project he’s working on Or you could discredit him by rumoring of his incompetence Better yet you could off him in the parking garage But each of these strategies reuires a certain level of gumption to execute a level not everyone possesses This is where it pays to be married to Lady Macbeth All she would need is a mere mention of this potential uptick in your career path and she’s off and running drafting the schematics telling you where to stand just outside the stairwell across from his car within easy reach of the tire iron lying in the corner that can be used while he’s distractedly sifting through his keys Why doesn’t she do it herself you ask? Well why should she? It’s not her job Her job is to support you to boost your confidence to supply that additional gumption You’re the one who has to do the dirty workLady Macbeth is an amazing character I’ve seen reviews on here that criticize her for being the morally reprehensible of the two protagonists planting ideas in her husband’s head that he would not have otherwise formed encouraging him toward evil deeds that he would not have otherwise committed I disagree She may have made a mistake helping to plan Duncan’s murder but if anything Lady Macbeth is the one with her moral faculties still intact—she exhibits a profound sense of remorse at the end of the play that Macbeth recognizes as nothing short of an ailment for which to seek a cure While Macbeth is off slaughtering anyone who might threaten his regal standing his wife is at home rubbing the fuck out of her hands until the blisters explode and she suffocates in a pool of her own pusThe second reason to love this play is the elouence of the language There are passages in this play that describe human emotion so briefly yet so profoundly it triggers goosebumps These are some of my favorites On expressing one’s grief What man ne’er pull your hat upon your brows;Give sorrow words the grief that does not speakWhispers the o’er fraught heart and bids it break On not having enough gumption Yet do I fear thy nature;It is too full o’ the milk of human kindnessTo catch the nearest way thou wouldst be great;Art not without ambition but withoutThe illness should attend it On contemplating ambition’s worth Nought’s had all’s spentWhere our desire is got without content’Tis safer to be that which we destroyThan by destruction dwell in doubtful joy On being past the point of no return All causes shall give way I am in bloodStepp’d in so far that should I wade no Returning were as tedious as go o’er On the futility of life Life’s but a walking shadow a poor playerThat struts and frets his hour upon the stageAnd then is heard no it is a taleTold by an idiot full of sound and furySignifying nothing On the finality of death There’s nothing serious in mortalityAll is but toys renown and grace is dead;The wine of life is drawn and the mere leesIs left this vault to brag of I said in the comments section of my Hamlet review that I was preferring Hamlet to Macbeth While I think I prefer the character of Hamlet to that of Macbeth I no longer stand by that statement in terms of the play itself Macbeth really is a masterpiece

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    ‘’There’s husbandry in heaven; Their candles are all out’’This is a text that has been brewing inside my mind for uite some times I started reading Jo Nesbø’s retelling of Macbeth two days ago uite 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 take on the reasons why Macbeth shaped Literature’s dark themes and imagery having a plethora of the Bard’s most beautiful and darkest uotes being the most realistic depiction of the human tendency to destroy and violate all that is sacred and honest ‘’Can the devil speak true?’’ Macbeth than any other play in my opinion has the power to form images of distinct horror and brutality in our minds Let us not forget that it is loaded with superstitions and weird phenomena have been recorded during theatre runs throughout centuries of performances I would take it one step further and say that Macbeth initiated the Gothic elements in Literature although they wouldn’t have been named thus at the time This is obvious in the presence of the Three Witches the characters I’ve always been most fascinated with than any other in the play Imagine the audience during the reign of James I the first Stuart king watching spells and curses unfolding on stage right before their eyes? How did they perceive their presence in the play? How do we perceive it? Are they merely the harbingers of things to come or do they have an influential role in the fate of Macbeth and the characters? In every production of Macbeth I’ve watched the Three Witches can make or break the whole performance for me One of the reasons I adore Polanski’s vision of the play is his choice to end his outstanding 1971 film version with Donalbain coming across the Witches’ lair bitten by the harsh Scottish rain as the vicious circle goes on and on ‘’Now o’er the one half of the world nature seems dead and wicked dreams abuse the curtained sleep; witchcraft celebrates pale Hecate’s offerings; and withered Murder alarmed by his sentinel the wolf whose howl’s his watch’’Darkness is everywhere This is a country that is slowly finding herself in a deep sleep of deceit and death Ravens croak owls shriek bats signify the end and Hecate walks the Earth with her ominous escort Rain is the introductory dark omen of what is to come and the wind is filled with lamentations The strange screams of death and the knockings out of nowhere are signs of the utter violation between two human beings between kinsmen and friends ‘’and nothing is but what is not’’Macbeth and his wife put on their most sincere smiles and act like the perfect hosts He calls Banuo his dearest friend invites him to his royal feast Macbeth is brave unyielding even when his world crumbles firmly determined until the very end And yet his soul hides extreme antitheses Throughout the action he knows that his deeds will lead to nowhere ‘’Blood will have blood’’ he says in sadness And he is right What he succeeds in is the murder of trust and every sacred value our world holds dear The endless course of murder that desires and Regicide the killing of relatives dear friends and compatriots and comrades The slaughter of women children and servants He knows that once he starts he cannot stop ‘’I have supped full with horrors’’Each and every time Macbeth decides to pluck away one thorn of threat to his reign he tries to find the arguments for and against the coming deed The sense of duty doesn’t seem to abandon him altogether but is always in a brutal fight with his burning ambition Guilt plagues him even before he starts the bloody chain of events he ‘’murders sleep’’ and in my opinion the moment he raises his hand to slaughter Duncan he first murders himself and his principles Do I see his wife as the utter solicitor to his bloody future? Definitely yes Lady Macbeth is by far my favourite Shakespearean heroine but as hard as I try I cannot find any redeeming ualities in her character Her remorse is madness and is it even remorse or the unbearable burden of guilt? These two aren’t one and the same While Macbeth’s end is as brave as it can be her end is lonely honoured only by Macbeth’s uiet sorrow expressed in an achingly beautiful solilouy Macbeth isn’t Iago He’s not a lunatic villain who kills just because I’ve always considered him an anti hero A man who can't survive the fight between his weak will to do what is right and the darkness of his desiresIn Macbeth Shakespeare created one of the most controversial characters in Literature While the historical Macbeth was the exact opposite of his theatrical counterpart the Scottish play became one of the most recognizable works of Art even to the few uninitiated to the greatness that is the Bard It became a synonym for conspiracy treason murder echoing among other themes the Gunpowder Plot that threatened the very essence of the British reign at the time It became a metaphor of the limits a human can bend in order to achieve the absolute control A token of lacking faith in everyone and everything When a man who was considered valiant and loyal becomes devoid of any humanity what kind of good can be sustained in a world governed by petty leaders and corrupted sovereigns? Do not tell me this doesn’t apply to our current times I will not try to convince anyone to love this play Its strength in overcoming prejudices and the fact that it remains one of the most beloved and performed works of Shakespeare speaks for itself For me this work of dark beauty and nightmarish brilliance is the best example of how Shakespeare managed to know the human nature than any other writer I leave you with what I consider to be the finest lines about the futility of chasing unattainable ambitions and the most beautiful solilouy ever written ‘’Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrowCreeps in this petty pace from day to dayTo the last syllable of recorded time;And all our yesterdays have lighted foolsThe way to dusty death Out out brief candleLife’s but a walking shadow a poor player That struts and frets his way upon the stageAnd then is heard no It is a tale Told by an idiot full of sound and furySignifying nothing’’ My reviews can also be found on

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    “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 morrowCreeps in this petty pace from day to dayTo the last syllable of recorded time;And all our yesterdays have lighted foolsThe way to dusty death”Macbeth is a tragic hero but like Richard III is also villain and like Milton Shakespeare immerses his audience in a character study of dark shadows By casting the lot and allowing his tragedy to live out to its necessarily bloody conclusion Shakespeare was drawing on primal heartstrings that people of his time and people for all time can relate At the black heart of this play is a fear of death and yet a perverse and paradoxical fascination with it as well“Stars hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires”Though written and produced in the late 1500s and early 1600s originally the subject involves witchcraft and sorcery and harkens to a pagan past not too long lost on the folks sitting at the Globe No doubt ancient family legends and folk tales still resounded in dank cellars and back rooms and the imagery and symbolism Shakespeare used to such potent effect served as a chilling contrast with the Christian spectators The inchoate curse of guilt for naked ambition is a theme readily apparent“Out out brief candle Life's but a walking shadow a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and is heard no It is a tale told by an idiot full of sound and fury signifying nothing”Lady Macbeth is one of the great female characters in literature Her role as a temptress and wily beneficiary of the ruthless plan and her eventual abysmal fall is one that resounds with readers and audiences to this day“Things without all remedy should be without regard what's done is done”

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