Macbeth (No Fear Shakespeare Graphic Novels), Paperback Book

Macbeth (No Fear Shakespeare Graphic Novels) Paperback

Edited by SparkNotes

Part of the No Fear Shakespeare Illustrated - Graphic Novels series

3 out of 5 (2 ratings)


"No Fear Shakespeare Illustrated - Graphic Novels" is a series based on the translated texts of the plays found in "No Fear Shakespeare".

The original "No Fear" series made Shakespeare's plays much easier to read, but these dynamic visual adaptations are impossible to put down.

Each of the titles is illustrated in its own unique style, but all are distinctively offbeat, slightly funky, and appealing.

Each book features an illustrated cast of characters, helpful plot summary, line-by-line translations of the play and illustrations that will enhance your understanding of the story and characters.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208 pages, b/w throughout, includes illustrations
  • Publisher: Spark Notes
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Shakespeare studies & criticism
  • ISBN: 9781411498716



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The illustrations are fairly atrocious, but the book is a good source of a modern English translation.

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“But crimes such as these always have punishments in this world, in that our violence simply teaches bloody lessons to others…and then those students return to plague their teachers.”(no page numbers)Shakespeare’s timeless and bloody tragedy, Macbeth, is featured in this manga-style graphic novel. Elizabethan English is substituted for a more accessible modern day translation in this story of the treacherous and ambitious Macbeth and his rise to power in medieval Scotland. In staying quite true to the original play, he will do almost anything to gain and maintain his power…however fleeting and terrorizing it may be. I always enjoy Shakespeare and I liked delving into this version. The story is told in modern English dialogue making it easy to follow. The illustrations are very character-centered, but I thought that the black-and-white diminished the impact of the story in that I didn’t find it as dynamic or frightening. It would be a great complementary piece to use in a high school English class as a way to help students further understand the story or to help struggling readers to connect with the power of the story without getting hung up on the language and conventions. No matter the platform, the Bard strikes gold again!

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