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Macbeth

The works listed will allow your students to further explore the theme of Lust for Power Can Lead to Loss of Humanity and other themes related to Macbeth:


Fiction
Dunnett, Dorothy. King Hereafter. New York: Knopf, 1982. This historical novel, in which Macbeth plays a key role, recreates the world of 11th century Scotland. (average)

Garrett, George. The Succession: A Novel of Elizabeth & James. Harcourt Brace, 1991. Fictionalized account of events leading up to the 1603 transition in monarchy. (average)

Garson, Barbara. Macbird! New York: Grove, 1967. Scathing, over-the-top satire of politics during the Kennedy-Johnson years. Alternately hilarious and horrifying. Historically interesting. (average)


Nonfiction
Brown, John Russell. Focus on Macbeth. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1982. Eleven essays on Macbeth by prominent critics. (average)

Heilman, Robert B. "The Criminal as Tragic Hero: Dramatic Methods." Shakespeare Survey 19. 1966: 12-24. Shows how Shakespeare evokes sympathy for Macbeth despite his increasing criminality. Heilman asserts that we "become Macbeth or at least assent to complicity with him." (average)

Rowse, A.L. England of Elizabeth. University of Wisconsin Press, 1978. Study of the Queen's relationship with her subjects. (average)