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Britannica Online Study Guide - MacBeth

May need to sign onto Britannica through the Portal - Library - Encyclopaedias and then open the MacBeth Study Guide.

60 Second Recap

60 Second Recap boils down MacBeth into short little bites of energy.

If you’re the bloodthirsty sort, Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, will speak directly to your love of gore. That’s because the main character, Macbeth, spends the bulk of this play killing people—and all in the name of power. There’s a king’s crown to be had—and haven’t Shakespeare’s characters killed for less?

But don’t blame all the blood and guts on Macbeth. One of the big questions of Shakespeare’s tragedy is whether the guy is completely responsible for his actions. After all, it’s the witches’ prophecies that prompt the first murder. And Macbeth’s wife, Lady Macbeth, plays more than just a supporting role in the killing spree.

Which is to say that unlike today’s slasher flicks, there’s actually some nuance to Macbeth. And if you can get past the violence, you’ll see that Shakespeare was playing with some important questions about responsibility, influence, and consequences—questions that keep this play feeling relevant nearly 400 years later.

GCSE Bitesize

Includes revision, tests and videos on:

LibriVox audio - MacBeth

This is a collection of public domain audio recordings of MacBeth. You can stream or download.

University of Oxford - Podcast - MacBeth

This lecture on MacBeth tackles the issue of the spoiler-chorus, in an already-too-familiar play. This podcast is suitable for school and college students.

SparkNotes - No Fear Shakespeare

No Fear Shakespeare puts Shakespeare's language side-by-side with a facing-page translation into modern English—the kind of English people actually speak today.

My Shakespeare

LitCharts - MacBeth

Includes a 'Chart Board'  which visualizes all of MacBeth's themes and plot points on one page. Also includes:

Penguin Teacher Guide to MacBeth

This Penguin MacBeth Teacher's Guide   is divided into several parts:

  • brief literary overview, including a synopsis and commentary on the play
  • suggestions for teaching the play, including activities, discussion questions, and essay topics to be used
  • before, during, and after reading of the play
  • ideas to extend the students’ learning beyond the play, including ways to address its themes, ideas for teaching literary analysis, techniques for using the play as a bridge to other works, and ways to use the play as part of an interdisciplinary study

Reference Generator

It is important to show your teacher you used a variety of reliable resources. Use the online Reference Generator available through the Portal to create your citations. Make sure you alphabetically sort them afterwards.

A sample bibliography for 3 resources listed on this page would look like:

 

MacBeth2014, in Encyclopaedia Britannica, accessed 14 May 2018, <https://www.britannica.com/topic/Macbeth-by-Shakespeare>.

MacKay, H 2010, Shakespeare and Renaissance drama, York, London.

Moore, A 2010, Studing MacBeth, accessed 15 May 2018, <http://www.universalteacher.org.uk/shakespeare/macbeth.htm>.

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