BOOK REVIEW: Macbeth by William Shakespeare (Graphic Novel)

Genre: Graphic Novel / Classic / Tragedy

Page Count: 144 pages

Publication Date: November 2008


Goodreads summary:

Witches, murder, ghosts, and madness — one of Shakespeare’s finest tragedies is also a perfect fit for the graphic novel format. This compelling adaptation depicts every blood-curdling scene in easy-to-follow illustrations, accompanied by Shakespeare’s original text. An illustrated cast of characters reminds readers who’s who, and fascinating background information on Shakespeare and the real Macbeth adds historical context.

My thoughts:

Right, so I have to admit something: This is the first Shakespeare story I’ve ever read. Yes, I know. I’m extremely late to the party. Haha! But, better late than never, right? Macbeth - Graphic Novel

I didn’t know you could get Shakespeare’s plays in a graphic novel format before! And the best part is, you can choose between:

  1. The original text
  2. Plain text
  3. Quick text

I obviously chose the original text version, like the fool I am! I clearly underestimated how hard this was going to be! Haha! It was hard to grasp what the characters were saying at certain points in the story… but I did manage to understand the overall story. And because English is only my second language I consider this a double-win! Haha!

Macbeth was a tragic, if not dramatic, story set in Scotland a long, long time ago. Apparently it was based on a real-life story, but I’m not sure how true that is.

The illustrations were vibrant and really helped bring the story to life. If you’re new to Shakespeare or if English isn’t your first language I highly recommend reading the graphic novel because the illustrations are a great visual aid, but you might want to try a more simplified version if you simply want to sit back and enjoy the story.

Macbeth is a classic and almost everyone in the western world has read it, so there’s not much I can say about this play that would be original and new. All I can say is that the graphic novel is a great way to get into Shakespeare’s literary world.





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