March 29


The following resources will get you started on your study of Macbeth. (It is NOT an exhaustive list!)

You will find comprehensive information about Shakespeare on the Shakespeare Senior School page of Aquinas Reads or on the Junior School page about Shakespeare here.

YouTube Videos – Transformations of Macbeth text for a different audience:

Shakespeare: The animated Tales

Macbeth for Kids

Summaries of the text:

Summary of Macbeth (Sparknotes)

Themes of Macbeth

Summary of Macbeth (Cliffnotes)

Themes: Fate vs Free will or ambition

(See YouTube for further eNotes clips about Macbeth – Introduction, Characters, Summary, In Conclusion)

Appearance vs Reality

Macbeth:  Original text and parallel “No Fear Shakespeare” translation

Macbeth Themes Video 1; Video 2 (60 Second Recap)


Library resources:

822.33 MAC is the Dewey number for books on Macbeth – play, graphic novels, critical works and notes.

822.33 MAC Various editions of Macbeth, including in abridged editions, a graphic novel, and critical notes on Macbeth.

822.33 SHA Books about Shakespeare, his life and times.

822.33 SHA Stories from Shakespeare – A summary of the story of Macbeth.


DVDs in the Aquinas Library (available for loan)

Clickview videos – Be sure to check for useful Macbeth resources on Clickview.


Macbeth (play) on film:

Macbeth (directed by Polanski) DVD0306 (This is the film you will be seeing in class.)

Macbeth (BBC version) DVD0614 – scene by scene stage play.


Transformations of the text on film:

Macbeth (starring James McAvoy & Keeley Hawes) DVD0296 – modern adaptation of the play set in a restaurant kitchen – a transformation of the text to a different modern setting .

Macbeth (Animated version) DVD0638


Critical Works on DVD:

Macbeth: A personal View by Julian Symons DVD0701

Shakespeare: a critical guide to Macbeth & King Lear DVD0623


Shakespeare Shorts: Macbeth; The Three Witches; Lady Macbeth’s Madness (plus other programs) DVD0758 – scenes and discussion of character portrayals by different actors.


Macbeth – Themes (websites):

Themes (SparkNotes)

Betrayal in Macbeth (Bright Hub Education)

Major Themes (Gradesaver)

Macbeth themes (LitCharts)

Theme Analysis (Novelguide)

Macbeth Themes (Shmoop)

Macbeth’s Ambition & his Guilt (

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