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Vaulting ambition and unquestioning love lead Macbeth down a path of self-destruction. The noble soldier is tempted by a witches’ prediction, pushed his wife’s greed and doomed his own ego. — Bonnie Winchester
MacBeth knows the difference between good and evil, but the witches' promises are so tempting, and his wife goads him along, and when the blood starts flowing it doesn't stop. When the witches are joined by ghosts, sleepwalkers, and trees moving of their own accord, MacBeth sinks deeper and deeper, until life becomes a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
Key characters: MacBeth, Lady MacBeth, the witches — Mike Hare
This edition of Macbeth
is especially designed for students, with accessible on-page notes and explanatory illustrations, clear background information, and rigorous but accessible scholarly credentials. This edition includes illustrations, preliminary notes, reading lists (including websites) and classroom notes, allowing students to master Shakespeare's work. About the Series:
Newly redesigned and easier to read, each play in the Oxford School Shakespeare series includes the complete and unabridged text, detailed and clear explanations of difficult words and passages, a synopsis of the plot, summaries of individual scenes, and notes on the main characters. Also included is a wide range of questions and activities for work in class, together with the historical background to Shakespeare's England, a brief biography of Shakespeare, and a complete list of his plays.