Macbeth - Literary Touchstone Classic

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In feudal Scotland, a semi-barbaric country of rival clans and chieftains, politics is law, and supernatural forces seem to hold sway over man's destiny. As witches prophesy mysteriously and storms rage, ambition and deceit converge; treacherous murder breeds uncontrollable violence.

Written during the reign of King James I, Shakespeare's Macbeth is an intense examination of the corrupting nature of power, the ability of humans to choose their own destinies, and the lengths to which people will go to satisfy their own desires. Its direct, driving plot carries us from homicide to chaos to war with incredible force and speed.

To make Macbeth more accessible to the modern reader, our Prestwick House Literary Touchstone Edition includes a glossary of the more difficult words, as well as convenient sidebar notes to enlighten the reader on aspects that may be confusing or overlooked. In doing this, it is our intention that the reader may more fully enjoy the beauty of the verse, the wisdom of the insights, and the impact of the drama.

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This book is perfect for AP classes and is often selected for inclusion on the AP exam. The notes, reading pointers, and vocabulary in this addition will also help students at a lower reading level get the most out of these classics.

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Infamously known as the cursed Scottish play, Macbeth is perhaps Shakespeare's darkest tragedy. When General Macbeth is foretold by three witches that he will one day be King of Scotland, Lady Macbeth convinces him to get rid of anyone who could stand in his way including committing regicide. As Macbeth ascends to the throne through bloody murder, he becomes a tyrant consumed by fear and paranoia.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring:

James Marsters as Macbeth

Joanne Whalley as Lady Macbeth

Josh Cooke as Banquo and others

JD Cullum as Macduff and Second Murderer

Dan Donohue as Ross

Jeannie Elias as Second Witch and others

Chuma Gault as Lennox and Servant

Jon Matthews as Malcolm

Alan Shearman as Angus and others

Andr Sogliuzzo as Donalbain, Third Witch and others

Kate Steele as Lady Macduff, First Witch and Apparition

Kris Tabori as Duncan and others

Directed by Martin Jarvis. Sound effects by Tony Palermo. Recorded at the Invisible Studios, West Hollywood.

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