Power in William Shakespeare's Macbeth

Power in William Shakespeare's Macbeth

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In Act 1, Scene 1 of Shakespeare's Macbeth, three witches gather amid a ferocious storm. They began an incantation that terminates with the chant, Fair is foul, and foul is fair, a phrase that, in many ways, sets the tone for the forthcoming events of the play. As we begin to learn more about the greed, ambition, and hunger for power that drives Lady Macbeth to do the unthinkable, we also watch the unraveling of her somewhat complicit husband, our title character, Macbeth. One of Shakespeare's most popular plays, the story of Macbeth is overwhelmed by themes of power, corruption, and remorse, leaving a lasting impression on both reader and viewers alike. This compelling edition explores Shakespeare's Macbeth through the lens of power. Readers are introduced to a series of essays that put forth varying perspectives on the role of power in relation to Macbeth, discussing topics such as the criminal as a tragic hero and Macbeth as a play of morality rather than religion. The book also explores contemporary perspectives on the drive for power using relevant and timely examples such as corporate ambition, the presidency, and American dynasties.
Publisher: Detroit : Greenhaven Press, c2009.
ISBN: 9780737743975
Characteristics: 168 p. :,ill. ;,23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Johnson, Vernon E. (Vernon Elso), 1921-


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