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This guide contains resources related to the study of 'Macbeth' by William Shakespeare.

William Shakespeare

Born: April 23, 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, England
Died: April 23, 1616 in Stratford-upon-Avon, England
Nationality: English
Occupation: Playwright

"He was not of an age, but for all time." So wrote Ben Jonson in his dedicatory verses to the memory of William Shakespeare in 1623, and so we continue to affirm today. No other writer, in English or in any other language, can rival the appeal that Shakespeare has enjoyed. And no one else in any artistic endeavour has projected a cultural influence as broad or as deep.

William Shakespeare. (2003). In EXPLORING Shakespeare. Detroit: Gale.

Shakespeare, William [Image]. Encyclopædia Britannica. 

Theatre in Shakespeare's Era


Shakespearean Tragedy

William Shakespeare is one of the most famous authors in English literature known for writing tragedies. Some consider Shakespeare's play Hamlet to be one of the best plays ever written. Some of the most popular tragedies written by William Shakespeare include Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and King Lear. All of these tragedies are widely studied and performed., 2016.

Witches and Witchcraft

The three witches from Welles's film of Macbeth.


Shakespeare wrote Macbeth sometime between 1605 and 1606, shortly after the ascension of King James of Scotland to the English throne. The new monarch brought Scotland—previously known to the English only as a mysterious, conquered neighbour—into the public limelight. The period of James' reign was further marked by political and religious conflict, much of which focused the kingdom's attention on the danger of regicide.

The Historical Context of Macbeth. (2003). In EXPLORING Shakespeare. Detroit: Gale.

Macbeth Poster. (2010). In Gale Student Resources in Context. Detroit: Gale.

Dramatic Techniques in Macbeth

Rating: E     Production Year: 2015     Duration: 12:55

Description: Never before has Shakespeare's 'Scottish play' been performed quite like this. Trevor Kervis, director unextraordinaire, strikes again in this farcical look at the dramatic techniques in Macbeth that have made it a favourite among thespians since Elizabethan times. 


Rating: M    Duration: 2:14:27

Description: Macbeth [Polanski] Roman Polanski has the capacity to shock. Amongst present day directors, Polanski has a unique eye for casual violence, stark cruelty and believable horrow. Macbeth, the darkest and most brooding of Shakespeare's tests, is vividly brough to life by Polanski in portrayal of ruthless ambition and murder. With John Finsh in the tital role, Polanski's MacBeth is the most chilling and terrifyingly realistic interpretation of the classic. Starring John Finch and Francesca Annis. From the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare.

Check out Shakespeare's Macbeth Video SparkNote: Quick and easy Macbeth synopsis, analysis, and discussion of major characters and themes in the play. 

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