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I started reading the book (Macbeth); I can't get the summary and the language is...

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Posted August 26, 2013 at 7:46 PM via web

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I started reading the book (Macbeth); I can't get the summary and the language is confusing; can you help me?

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wordprof | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted August 26, 2013 at 10:46 PM (Answer #1)

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This tragedy is confusing at first reading, because the drama lies not in the action but in the motives.  Try starting by reading the summary and notes below, from enotes.  This tragedy is confusing at first reading, because the drama lies not in the action but in the motives.  Try starting by reading the summary and notes below, from enotes.  Read the play using a good annotated edition, and remember that the language is as much poetic diction as it is prose story-telling.  Follow Macbeth’s relationship with Lady Macbeth, who is as much a dramatic device as she is a psychological portrait.  Follow the impulses and drives of ambition and desire for political stature; the secondary characters, especially such warriors as Macduff and Banquo, are mainly there to show the violence of the Scottish world during Macbeth’s time.  The witches are interesting devices, and their predictions fuel Macbeth's ambitions. Read as much of the play aloud as time will allow – the very rhythms of the lines will help you understand the drama of the play. 

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