The tragedy of Macbeth
In 1603, James VI of Scotland ascended the English throne, becoming James I of England. London was alive with an interest in all things Scottish, and Shakespeare turned to Scottish history for material. He found a spectacle of violence and stories of traitors advised by witches and wizards, echoing James's belief in a connection between treason and witchcraft. In depicting a man who murders to become king, Macbeth teases us with huge questions. Is Macbeth tempted by fate, or by his or his wife's ambition? Why does their success turn to ashes? Like other plays, Macbeth speaks to each generation. Its story was once seen as that of a hero who commits an evil act and pays an enormous price. Recently, it has been applied to nations that overreach themselves and to modern alienation. The line is blurred between Macbeth's evil and his opponents' good, and there are new attitudes toward both witchcraft and gender. The authoritative edition of Macbeth from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers, includes: -Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play -Newly revised explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play -Scene-by-scene plot summaries -A key to the play's famous lines and phrases -An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language -An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play -Fresh images from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books -An up-to-date annotated guide to further reading Essay by Susan Snyder The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit Folger.edu.
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|Grouping Title||tragedy of macbeth|
|Grouping Author||shakespeare william|
|Last Grouping Update||2020-02-01 04:12:26AM|
|Last Indexed||2020-04-06 04:28:30AM|
|auth_author2||Mowat, Barbara A.|
|author||Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.|
|author2-role||Folger Shakespeare Library.|
Mowat, Barbara A.
Oliver La Farge Branch
Online Hoopla Collection
|display_description||Arguably the darkest of all Shakespeare's plays, Macbeth is also one of the most challenging. Is it a work of nihilistic despair, "a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing," or is it a cautionary tale warning of the dangers of Machiavellianism and relativism? Does it lead to hell and hopelessness, or does it point to a light beyond the darkness?|
|owning_library_santafe||Santa Fe Public Library|
Oliver La Farge Branch
|series||Folger Library general reader's Shakespeare|
Folger Shakespeare Library
New Folger Library Shakespeare
|series_with_volume||Folger Library general reader's Shakespeare||
New Folger Library Shakespeare|
Macbeth, -- King of Scotland, -- active 11th century -- Drama
Regicides -- Drama
Scotland -- Drama
Scotland -- History -- To 1057 -- Drama
Scotland -- Kings and rulers -- Drama
|title_display||The tragedy of Macbeth|
|title_full||The tragedy of Macbeth / by William Shakespeare ; Edited by Louis B. Wright and Virginia A. LaMar|
The tragedy of Macbeth / by William Shakespeare ; edited by Barbara A. Mowat and Paul Werstine
The tragedy of Macbeth [electronic resource] Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
The tragedy of Macbeth [electronic resource] Shakespeare, William.
|title_short||The tragedy of Macbeth|
Kings and rulers