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Source: Macbeth and the witches (Romney, 1785). From Act IV, Scene 1 of William Shakespeare's Macbeth.
"The play is the shortest of Shakespeare’s tragedies.... It chronicles Macbeth’s seizing of power and subsequent destruction, both his rise and his fall the result of blind ambition." (Britannica, 2018)
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Macbeth | Overview: Study Guides
"Macbeth" Plot summary, (LitCharts, n.d.)
Provides a short overview of the plot and main characters.
Macbeth (Britannica High, n.d.)
"Macbeth, tragedy in five acts by William Shakespeare, written sometime in 1606–07... The play is the shortest of Shakespeare’s tragedies, without diversions or subplots. It chronicles Macbeth’s seizing of power and subsequent destruction, both his rise and his fall the result of blind ambition." (“Macbeth”, n.d.)
"Macbeth" Plot Summary, (Shakespeare Birthday Trust, 2018)
This is a two-page plot summary of Macbeth. Ideal to familiarise your students with the what and whereabouts in Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy.
Macbeth: Plot and structure (Hubbard, 2011, pp. 11-37)
* What are the main events of the play? * How does the main storyline develop through the play? * What is the time structure of the play? (Hubbard, 2011, pp. 11-37)
Macbeth | Overview: Online resources
Macbeth, Shakespeare Learning Zone, (Royal Shakespeare Company, n.d.)
Choose from 3 levels (from easy to in-depth) to explore the story, characters, language and performance.
Macbeth Study Guide, (Digital Theatre +, 2018)
Includes sections on: characters, relationship map, plot summary, language, speaking the text, themes, context, playwright, and a historical context workbook.
Macbeth | Overview: Easy Reads
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Macbeth: Globe Education Shorter Shakespeare by
Publication Date: 2016
Get straight to the heart of Shakespeare's Macbeth; students'confidence and understanding develop faster as they explore the plot, themes and Shakespeare's language, which is supported throughout this abridged play text from Globe Education.This title:- Reduces the length of the play by a third, while preserving the intricacies of the plot, enabling students to engage with the whole story in the class time available.
Publication Date: 2011
The epic tale of Macbeth retold in graphic-novel format. Macbeth and Banquo are Scottish generals returning home from a victorious war campaign. Their journey is interrupted when three strange witches come upon them and predict their futures. They claim that Macbeth will one day become King of Scotland! Macbeth is stirred by the prophesy. With the help of his scheming wife, he sets into motion a sinister plan that will paint bloody strokes across the entire landscape of Scotland.
Publication Date: 2008
The works of William Shakespeare come alive in these stunning graphic novels adaptation using the original Shakespearean dialog. The world-class art, betrayal, murder, and madness of Macbeth will capture the attention of reluctant readers. Supplement your traditional Shakespearean sources with the graphic novel adaptation that will help readers imagine the action like never before. Graphic Planet is an imprint of Magic Wagon, a division of ABDO Publishing Group. Grades 5-10.
Macbeth Graphic Novel by
Publication Date: 2006
Theme: Hi-Lo, graphic novels, illustrated, Shakespeare, classics. After encountering three witches, the warrior Macbeth waits to see if their predictions come true. Stung by ambition, Macbeth is persuaded by his conniving wife that the fastest way to fulfill the prophecy is to murder the king, which sets off a disastrous chain of events. As the tragedy unfolds, Macbeth's decisions lead to more ruin. He returns to the witches and believes that his future is secure but is he interpreting the premonitions correctly? This series features classic Shakespeare retold with graphic color illustrations. Educators using the Dale-Chall vocabulary system adapted each title. Each 64-page, eBook retains key phrases and quotations from the original play. Research shows that the more students read, the better their vocabulary, their ability to read, and their knowledge of the world.
Annotated Macbeth by
Publication Date: 2005
This edition of the play gives students and teachers extra background information. Eminent linguist and translator Burton Raffel offers generous help with vocabulary and usage of Elizabethan English, pronunciation, prosody, and alternative readings of phrases and lines. His on-page annotations provide readers with the tools they need to comprehend the play and begin to explore its many possible interpretations. It provides historical and social contexts that increase the reader's understanding of the play. There is also an essay by Harold Bloom.
Macbeth | Overview: Audio books
The Tragedy of Macbeth by
Publication Date: 2014
The Folger Shakespeare Library, home to the world's largest Shakespeare collection, brings Macbeth to life with this new full-length, full-cast dramatic recording of its definitive Folger Edition. Macbeth, one of Shakespeare's most popular plays, is among the most powerful and influential tragedies in the English language. Promised a golden future as ruler of Scotland by three sinister witches, Macbeth murders the king in order to succeed to the throne. Tortured by his conscience and fearful of discovery, he becomes fatally enmeshed in a web of treachery and deceit. This full-cast recording—based on the most respected edition of Shakespeare's classic—expertly produced by the Folger Theatre, is perfect for students, teachers, and the everyday listener.
The Tragedy of Macbeth by
Publication Date: 2011
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.
The Tragedy of Macbeth by
Publication Date: 2012
Tony Award winner Alan Cumming in his riveting solo interpretation of Shakespeare's tragedy. Star of stage, film and television Alan Cumming delivers a virtuoso performance playing every role in the National Theatre of Scotland's bold presentation of Shakespeare's chilling tale of desire, ambition, and the supernatural. This radical reimagining of one of Shakespeare's most deeply psychological plays is set in a psychiatric unit in which Cumming is the lone patient. Channeling the story of Macbeth, he is inhabited in turn by each of the characters of the drama, including some of Shakespeare's most complex and troubled creations. Cumming's one-man interpretation of Shakespeare's Scottish play comes to audio directly from acclaimed limited stage engagements with the National Theatre of Scotland in Glasgow and at New York's Lincoln Center. Directed for audio by the stage production's renowned directors, this exclusive studio recording of Cumming's dazzling solo performance captures the excitement, passion and poetry of a wildly original tour-de-force that is destined to become theatrical legend.
Macbeth | Overview: Curriculum Alignment
Content: Reading and Viewing
- Language: Text structure and organisation - Compare the purposes, text structures and language features of traditional and contemporary texts in different media (VCELA458)
- Language: Expressing and developing ideas - Evaluate the impact on audiences of different choices in the representation of still and moving images (VCELA459)
- Literature: Literature and context - Compare and evaluate a range of representations of individuals and groups in different historical, social and cultural contexts (VCELT460)
- Literature: Responding to literature - Analyse and explain how text structures, language features and visual features of texts and the context in which texts are experienced may influence audience response (VCELT461), Evaluate the social, moral and ethical positions represented in texts (VCELT462)
- Literature: Examining literature - Identify, explain and discuss how narrative viewpoint, structure, characterisation and devices including analogy and satire shape different interpretations and responses to a text (VCELT463), Analyse and evaluate text structures and language features of literary texts and make relevant thematic and intertextual connections with other texts (VCELT464)
- Literacy: Texts in context - Analyse and evaluate how people, cultures, places, events, objects and concepts are represented in texts, including media texts, through language, structural and/or visual choices (VCELY466)
- Literacy: Interpreting, analysing, evaluating - Identify and analyse implicit or explicit values, beliefs and assumptions in texts and how these are influenced by purposes and likely audiences (VCELY467)
- Language: Expressing and developing ideas - Refine vocabulary choices to discriminate between shades of meaning, with deliberate attention to the effect on audiences (VCELA474)
Content: Speaking and Listening
- Literature: Responding to literature - Reflect on, extend, endorse or refute others’ interpretations of and responses to literature (VCELT484)