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THE ANNOTATED SHAKESPEARE-W1LLIAM SHAKESPEAREacbttb••(I\FULLY ANNOTATED, WITH AN INTRO DU CTIO N, BY BURTON RAFFEL WITH AN ESSAY BY HAROLD BLOOM
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Macbeth-William ShakespeareFully annotated, with an Introduction, by Burton RaffelWith an essay by Harold Bloomthe annotated shakespeareBurton Rael, General EditorffYale University Press New Haven and London
Copyright © 2005 by Burton Rael.ffAll rights reserved.This book may not be reproduced, in whole or in part, includingillustrations, in any form (beyond that copying permitted by Sections 107and 108of the U.S. Copyright Law and except by reviewers for the public press),without written permission from the publishers.“Macbeth,” from Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human, by HaroldBloom, copyright © 1998 by Harold Bloom. Used by permission ofRiverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.Designed by Rebecca Gibb.Set in Bembo type by The Composing Room of Michigan, Inc.Printed in the United States of America by R. R. Donnelley &Sons.Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataShakespeare,William, 1564 –1616.Macbeth / William Shakespeare ; fully annotated, with anintroduction, by Burton Raelff; with an essay by Harold Bloom.p.cm. — (The annotated Shakespeare) Includes bibliographicalreferences.ISBN 0-300-10654-8 (pbk.)1. Macbeth, King of Scotland, 11th cent.—Drama. 2. Regicides—Drama.3. Scotland—Drama. I. Raffel, Burton. II. Bloom, Harold. III. Title. PR2823.A2R34 2005822.3'3—dc222004024959A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library.10987654321
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contents-About This Book ixIntroduction xixSome Essentials of the Shakespearean Stage xxxixMacbeth 1An Essay by Harold Bloom 169Further Reading 205Finding List 209
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about this book-n act 3, scene 1, Macbeth, alone, speaks of his fears about Banquo:To be thus is nothing, but to be safely thus. Our fears in Banquo stick deep,And in his royalty of nature reigns that Which would be feared. ’Tis much he dares, And, to that dauntless temper of his mind, He hath a wisdom that doth guide his valor To act in safety. There is none but he Whose being I do fear and, under him,My genius is rebuked, as it is said Mark Antony’s was by Caesar. (lines 48 – 57)This was perfectly understandable, we must assume, to themostly very average persons who paid to watch Elizabethanplays. But who today can make much sense of it? In this veryfully annotated edition,I therefore present this passage,not inthe bare form quoted above, but thoroughly supported bybottom-of-the-page notes:Iix
To be thus1 is nothing, but to be2 safely thus.3 Our fears in4 Banquo stick5 deep,And in his royalty of nature6 reigns7 that Which would8 be feared. ’Tis much he dares, And, to9 that dauntless temper10 of hismind, He hath a wisdom that doth guide hisvalor To act in safety. There is none but heWhose being11 I do fear and, under12 him,My genius is rebuked,13 as it is saidMark Antony’s was by Caesar.The modern reader or listener may well understand manyaspects of this malicious introspection. But without full

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