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William Shakespeare's Macbeth

Ratri Ray (Author)

Shakespeare is the brightest star in the galaxy of English writers. He excelled in writing all types of drama-Tragedy, Comedy, Romantic and Historical plays. His characterisation, plot construction, and dialogues are of the highest order. According to Bernard Shaw, “As far as sonority, imagery, wit, humour, energy of imagination, power over language, and a whimsically keen eye for idiosyncrasies can make a dramatist, Shakespeare was the king of dramatists.”

Macbeth is a well-known tragedy by William Shakespeare. It is said to have been first performed on stage in 1606. It dramatizes the damaging effects-physical as well as psychological-of political ambition on those who seek power for its own sake. According to Wickham, of all the plays written by Shakespeare during the reign of James I, who was a patron of Shakespeare’s acting company, Macbeth most clearly reflects the playwright’s relationship with his sovereign. The play was first published in the Folio of 1623.

The book gives a socio-political background of the Elizabethan era, discusses the life and works of Shakespeare, studies the role of major and minor characters in the play, and analyses the themes, plot and dramatic technique of the play. The imagery, poetic style, and critical reception to the play have been given. The book has been enriched with quotations from the text and comments of the critics on the play. References to the sources used have been given at the end of each chapter. There is Select Bibliography at the end of the book.

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About the author

Ratri Ray

Ratri Ray is a retired University Professor and Head of the Deptt. of English, Patna University. As a student she had a unique career, for she had been awarded three gold medals for her B.A. results and two more for her M.A. results. She obtained her Ph.D. degree in 1981, her field of work being the little-known nineteenth-century poet, T.L. Beddoes. Later, after two decades of extensive and intensive studies, she obtained the D.Litt. degree, the field this time being the comparative study of two mystical poets, Francis Thompson and Nishikanto, a Bengali poet. Her studies of six Shakespearean plays according to the Rasavada had been serialised during the 80s and 90s in the cultural periodical Mother India, published from Pondicherry. She has published numerous research articles in literary journals and anthologies all over India. one of these contributions, a serialised study of 28 articles on the element of myth in Sri aurobindo's poetry is shortly to be published in the book form. At present her research articles on the plays of Sri Aurobindo studied in the light of Rasavada are being serialised in srinvantu, a periodical published from Kolkata.

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Title William Shakespeare's Macbeth
Author Ratri Ray
Format Hardcover
Date published: 22.04.2019
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788126929719
length 162p.