The Tragedy of Macbeth
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More About The Tragedy of Macbeth by William ShakespeareOverviewPurchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: NOTES ABBREVIATIONS Abbott Abbott's Shakespearian Orammar, 3d edition. F 1 or F . . . . First Folio (1623) of Shakespeare's plays. F2 Second Folio (1632). F3 Third Folio (1663 and 1664). F 4 Fourth Folio (1685). Ff The four Folios. Holinshed .... Holinshed's Chronicle of Scotland. New Eng. Diet. . . A New English Dictionary, ed. Murray. Scot Reginald Scot's Discovery of Witchcraft. For the meaning of words not given in these notes, the student is referred to the Glossary at the end of the volume. The numbering of the lines corresponds to that of the Globe edition. Dramatis Personx. This list is not in the Ff. It was first given by Rowe. ACT I ?SCENE 1 The division into Acts and Scenes is found in the Ff, but no notes of locality are there given. Most of the stage-directions are also from the Ff. A desert place. So the Cambridge editors. Line 6 shows that this scene does not take place " upon the heath," where the witches afterwards meet Macbeth. The play opens fittingly in an atmosphere of moral and physical gloom. The first scene, as Coleridge pointed out, strikes a spiritual keynote. This is a tragedy of the triumph of evil: we are in a world of moral anarchy, symbolized by the withered beings, to whom " foul is fair." In a drama, first impressions are lasting, and Shakespeare contrives to put the spectator in the right mood at once. 7. This line may be scanned as follows: "There'to ] meet' ] with' Mac ] beth'." On the metre of the witch scenes in general, see Appendix H, 1. 8-11. In the Ff these lines run ? " 1. I come, Gray-Malkin. All. Padock calls anon; faire is foule, and foule is faire." The correction is due to Hunter. Graymalkin, a cat, and Paddock, a frog or toad (see Glossary, s. vv.), are the famil...