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Macbeth

Author: William Shakespeare; A R Braunmuller
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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One of Shakespeare's greatest, but also bloodiest tragedies, was written around 1605/06. Many have seen the story of Macbeth's murder and usurpation of the legitimate Scottish King Duncan as having obvious connection to contemporary issues regarding King James I (James VI of Scotland), and the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. King James was particularly fascinated with witchcraft, so the appearance of the witches chanting  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Drama
Tragedies
Romans, nouvelles, etc
Named Person: Macbeth, King of Scotland; Macbeth, King of Scotland; Macbeth, roi d'Écosse; William Shakespeare; Macbeth, King of Scotland
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William Shakespeare; A R Braunmuller
ISBN: 0521223407 9780521223409 052129455X 9780521294553
OCLC Number: 34875928
Description: xii, 280 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: The Text of Macbeth --
The Slaughter of the Holy Innocents and the Death of Herod --
Medea --
Duff and Duncan / Raphael Holinshed --
An Attack on Free Will / Martin Luther --
A Defense of Free Will / Desiderius Erasmus --
The Discovery of Witchcraft / Reginald Scot --
News from Scotland / I James --
An Homily against Disobedience and Willful Rebellion --
A Defense of Disobedience and Tyrannicide / Juan de Mariana --
A Treatise on Equivocation / Henry Garnet --
Macbeth / William Davenant --
uMabatha / Welcome Msomi --
Eyewitness Account of Macbeth, 1611 / Simon Forman --
Miscellaneous Observations on the Tragedy of Macbeth / Samuel Johnson --
The Genius of Shakespeare / Elizabeth Montagu --
On David Garrick's and Hannah Pritchard's Eighteenth-Century Performances / Thomas Davies --
On Macbeth / Samuel Taylor Coleridge --
Characters in Macbeth / William Hazlitt --
On the Knocking at the Gate in Macbeth / Thomas De Quincey --
On Playing Lady Macbeth / Sarah Siddons --
The Tragedy of Macbeth / A.C. Bradley --
Image and Symbol in Macbeth / Kenneth Muir --
Two Scenes from Macbeth / Harry Levin --
Culture, Character, and Conscience in Shakespeare / Marvin Rosenberg --
Escaping the Matrix: The Construction of Masculinity in Macbeth / Janet Adelman --
'What do you mean?': The Languages of Macbeth / A.R. Braunmuller --
Macbeth / Derek Jacobi --
Macbeth and the Antic Round / Stephen Orgel --
"Stands Scotland Where It Did?": The Location of Macbeth on Film / Peter Holland.
Responsibility: edited by A.R. Braunmuller.
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One of Shakespeare's greatest, but also bloodiest tragedies, was written around 1605/06. Many have seen the story of Macbeth's murder and usurpation of the legitimate Scottish King Duncan as having obvious connection to contemporary issues regarding King James I (James VI of Scotland), and the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. King James was particularly fascinated with witchcraft, so the appearance of the witches chanting "Fair is foul, and foul is fair" at the opening of the play seemed particularly topical, as was Macbeth's betrayal of Banquo, from whom James claimed direct descent. However, the play is clearly far more than a piece of royal entertainment. It is also a fast-moving and dramatically satisfying piece of theatre. Macbeth's existential struggle between loyalty to his King and his "Vaulting ambition" is fascinating to watch, as his is struggle with Lady Macbeth, and her own terrifying refusal of her maternal role. The play shows an intensification of Shakespeare's interest in mothers and their effect upon ruling masculinity, and also contains some of the most memorable speeches in the entire canon, including Macbeth's reflections that ultimately life "is a tale / Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, / Signifying nothing".

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