Friday, March 23, 2012

Review: "Macbeth" by William Shakespeare

From Goodreads:  Dark and bloody drama of ambition, guilt, and revenge centers on an ambitious Scottish nobleman who 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 that spells his doom.

My Thoughts:  I don't have a lot to say about this play so I will keep it short and sweet.  I know that this is one of Shakespeare's most famous plays but I just couldn't get into it.  I normally like Shakespeare and was looking forward to finally reading Macbeth but I was just so disappointed.  Maybe I wasn't in the right frame of mind for reading it but it just didn't work for me.  Macbeth seemed like a likeable character in the beginning and then it was all 'Hey, let's kill everyone so I can be king.  Woohoo!'  Lady Macbeth was kind of bad ass; crazy but still not afraid to get things done.  The witches were kind of fun (I kept picturing the Sanderson sisters from Hocus Pocus) and I think it would be neat to see an actual production of the play.  Things like the soldiers carrying branches to represent the forest would be cool to see on the stage.  Anyway, I didn't love this play but since it's Shakespeare, I am glad that I read it.  2 1/2 stars.


  1. Oh no! I'm sorry you didn't enjoy Macbeth. It's my favorite play by Shakespeare. I guess I like dark stories and witchcraft and the idea that Macbeth just could have been, well, insane near the end... I mean, ambition is intoxicating. I love how that worked out. (Also, I do have my own headcanon ideas about Banquo and Lady Macbeth, too, so yeah. I was happy. I love plays too! Imagination helps so much.)

    I hope you'll read Macbeth another time and enjoy it more. Otherwise, well, at least you got through yet another play by Shakespeare!

  2. This is a tough play to read. If it hadn't been assigned in a class, then I'm not sure I would have gotten through it - but I'm glad I did.


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