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enlightenmequick Mon 03-Feb-14 13:49:12

Any English teachers to recommend a book on Macbeth?

I'd like her to read the original version, but I don't want to have to sit the whole time next to her, to explain. That's assuming I can

But I'm loathe to give her a version that isn't in the original style.

Can anyone recommend one that gives notes/explanations by the side?


Loveleopardprint Mon 03-Feb-14 19:16:50

Aah ok! Thought she was very advanced for her age. Good luck with it. My 13 yr old had to read Jane Eyre last term. She moaned as she loves sci fi and horror but I think she secretly liked it by the end. School took them to see it on stage and showed them a film version. Think it's great for them to read other genres.

EvilTwins Mon 03-Feb-14 19:19:16

My kids (7 yrs old) have this and really enjoy the stories, but they're written as prose, not script, which is different grin

Eggsiseggs Mon 03-Feb-14 19:25:18

There are also some fab graphic novel (well, play!) versions. Will see if I can find the ones I bought.

enlightenmequick Mon 03-Feb-14 19:29:01

Love I did Macbeth at school too, funnily enough and I really liked it. I love Jane Austen and have a big collection of 'the classics', that DP goes mad about as they are yellow and a bit whiffy (20 years old) but I refuse to throw them out in case DD1 wants to read them, but so far she has only read Heidi. grin

She is in twlight/hunger games/beautiful creatures mode at the minute. hmm

I have 3 yr old twins evil I may buy that for them in the future.

20 year old books smell confused ?

gingertom Tue 04-Feb-14 05:23:05

Graphic novel with original text here:

Recommended by my son's drama teacher.

Also available in plain English and quick text version.

DoctorDonnaNoble Tue 04-Feb-14 06:17:06

We use Cambridge Schools Shakespeare with Year 9. We save Arden for 6th Form. What Shakespeare is she doing in school this year?

curlew Tue 04-Feb-14 06:25:02

Seriously- can I ask why you want her to read it? I am a grown up with a degree in English, and I don't enjoy reading Shakespeare.

ProphetOfDoom Tue 04-Feb-14 06:36:39

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enlightenmequick Tue 04-Feb-14 11:34:10

I don't want her to read it curlew she's doing it in her English class, and she misses a lot of school due to medical problems and she asked me to get her it. smile

Exit I used to smoke. blush

enlightenmequick Tue 04-Feb-14 11:36:36

Doctor Macbeth, that's why she wants it.

I'm not that much of a tyrant, that I force her to read Shakesphere in her spare time! grin

cory Tue 04-Feb-14 12:17:56

<cautiously sticks head over parapet>

I always used to enjoy reading plays when I was at secondary because then I could imagine how I would direct them, with my perfect cast of actors and unlimited funds and my ideas out there. I notice dd did the same.

enlightenmequick Tue 04-Feb-14 14:20:40

cory That is actually why I like books- the imagination used. I have rooms, costumes, mannerisms all in my head, and then when I watch a film adaptation I lose all that, and my images are overridden by the film versions.

But yes, to save my neck, I will re-iterate that I understand it was written as a play originally and was meant to be watched to be enjoyed. grin

enlightenmequick Tue 04-Feb-14 14:22:44

Matilda ah, well she won't be able to watch it then. I'll look for a 12 version. Thanks.

sonlypuppyfat Tue 04-Feb-14 14:24:13

We did macbeth at school and then we were all dragged to the theatre to see it, hours and hours of my life I will never see again.

enlightenmequick Tue 04-Feb-14 14:24:15

sorry ginger missed your post.

Thank you, I will take a look now.

surreytuition Sun 16-Feb-14 15:25:28

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cardibach Sun 16-Feb-14 19:05:52

Google 'No Fear Shakespeare Macbeth' - it gives an online version of the text with a really good modern English version alongside. My pupils usually find it helpful.

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