Saturday, 2 June 2012
William Shakespeare (1600-1608) Macbeth, Orchard Classics.
Ignacio Rivoira González, 2º Bachillerato EFL
Macbeth is coming home from battle when he meets three witches around a cauldron. They tell him their prophecy: he will become king and no man born of woman can kill him, unless the forest moves towards the castle where he lives. Soon after that, the king and his sons happen to stay at Macbeth's place for a few days. Macbeth tells Lady Macbeth about the prophecy, and she tells him to kill the king in order to become king. He eventually gives in and does it, the sons run away and Macbeth becomes king. The sons return with an army that cuts up the forest and walks to the castle holding the trees in front of them...
This book is an adaptation for children. I've chosen it because it's easier for me to understand than the real play Shakespeare wrote. It is also short and simple. I don't really recommend this book to adults, although it is interesting and intriguing. I my opinion, this version of Macbeth is an excellent introduction to Shakespeare's stories and plays for young readers. And it is also a nice way to learn English, because it doesn’t have many difficult words. It could be a nice choice if you want to read something helpful, easy and quick. The sad point is that you cannot see the great and unique Shakespeare's style in this book.