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4.0 out of 5 stars foul is fair..., Sept. 12 2002
This review is from: Macbeth (Mass Market Paperback)
Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's more gloomy plays. It is downright grim. It starts grim and only gets blacker... ...It is one of Shakespeare's better plays
Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's more ambiguous main characters. Motivation is always a big question with him. Sure, he is hungry for power. Yet he also needs prodding from several quarters to take most of his actions.
Lady Macbeth is really no different. She comes off as eager for evil early on, but is utterly shocked by its repercussions. Her attempt to go against nature leaves her absolutely unhinged and thirsting after guidance--only to find despair. In this regard, Shakespeare anticipates the psychology of Dostoevsky.
Macbeth is also one of Shakespeare's most supernatural plays. Regardless of whether one wants to debate the reality of Banquo's ghost, there are forces at work in Macbeth that are often unseen, but which drive the plot. The witches and all the unnaturalness come up against the forces of nature (the trees) and the divinely appointed King.
The most remarkable thing about this play is, for me at least, that it becomes a true tragedy only in its last moments. Only when all the stuff has hit the fan, and he has realized his doom is eminent, does Macbeth show the courage and nobility of a true tragic hero.
Macbeth is a great place to start if you are new to Shakespeare. It is a fun place to return if you're not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What's done cannot be undone, Oct. 10 2000
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Carl Tait (New York, NY USA) - See all my reviews
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After four centuries of well-deserved adulation, "Macbeth" hardly requires further praise. It seems worthwhile, however, to single out the play as a particularly good introduction to Shakespeare. It is tightly constructed, brilliantly written, and relatively short. The memorable plot (drawn from Holinshed's Chronicles) has cast long shadows. The snowballing murders and eerily-fulfilled prophecies have become literary icons, yet have lost none of their power in their original form.
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Macbeth by William Shakespeare (Mass Market Paperback - March 10 1998)
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