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 this 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, is now available as an eBook.
Features include: · The exact text of the printed book for easy
cross-reference · Hundreds of hypertext links for instant
navigation · Freshly edited text based on the best early printed
version of the play · Full explanatory notes conveniently placed
on pages facing the text of the play · Scene-by-scene plot
summaries · A key to famous lines and phrases · An introduction
to reading Shakespeare's language · Illustrations from the Folger
Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books · An essay by a
leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the
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