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Packed with action and vivid portrayal of human relationships, Shakespeare's Macbeth traces the bloody climb to power and tragic ruin of a fate-plagued king. Count on CliffNotes on Macbeth to carry you through the rise and fall of a cast of characters that includes a cruel and ambitious warrior, his wicked wife, and a trio of witches who have wormed their way into audiences' hearts since William Shakespeare first presented their prophecies about 300 years ago.
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About the Author
Alex Went has been a teacher of English and Head of Drama at Shrewsbury School, England. He is the librettist of the musicals Jekyll!, The Time Machine and The Lost Domain.