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Macbeth

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  • Sales Rank:1,920,067
  • Format:Kindle eBook
  • Language:English (Published)
  • Media:Kindle Edition
  • Pages:140
  • Publication Date:April 23, 2009
  • ASIN:B004JZXMQG

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Synopsis
Books for All Kinds of Readers. ReadHowYouWant offers the widest selection of on-demand, accessible format editions on the market today. Each edition has been optimized for maximum readability, using our patent-pending conversion technology. We are partnering with leading publishers around the globe to create accessible editions of their titles. Our goal is to have accessible editions simultaneously released with publishers’ new books so that all readers can have access to the books they want to read—today. To find more books in your format visit www.readhowyouwant.com  William Shakespeare (1564-1616) wrote about thirty eight plays, one hundred and fifty four sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. As a dramatist, he is largely known for his tragedies, especially Hamlet (1599-1601), King Lear (1603-1606), and Macbeth (1603-1606).
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A lush, cautionary tale of a life of vileness and deception or a loving portrait of the aesthetic impulse run rampant? Why not both? After Basil Hallward paints a beautiful, young man's portrait, his subject's frivolous wish that the picture change and he remain the same comes true. Dorian Gray's picture grows aged and corrupt while he continues to appear fresh and innocent. After he kills a young woman, "as surely as if I had cut her little throat with a knife," Dorian Gray is surprised to find no difference in his vision or surroundings. "The roses are not less lovely for all that. The birds sing just as happily in my garden."

As Hallward tries to make sense of his creation, his epigram-happy friend Lord Henry Wotton encourages Dorian in his sensual quest with any number of Wildean paradoxes, including the delightful "When we are happy we are always good, but when we are good we are not always happy." But despite its many languorous pleasures, The Picture of Dorian Gray is an imperfect work. Compared to the two (voyeuristic) older men, Dorian is a bore, and his search for ever new sensations far less fun than the novel's drawing-room discussions. Even more oddly, the moral message of the novel contradicts many of Wilde's supposed aims, not least "no artist has ethical sympathies. An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style." Nonetheless, the glamour boy gets his just deserts. And Wilde, defending Dorian Gray, had it both ways: "All excess, as well as all renunciation, brings its own punishment."

Synopsis
Books for All Kinds of Readers. ReadHowYouWant offers the widest selection of on-demand, accessible format editions on the market today. Each edition has been optimized for maximum readability, using our patent-pending conversion technology. We are partnering with leading publishers around the globe to create accessible editions of their titles. Our goal is to have accessible editions simultaneously released with publishers’ new books so that all readers can have access to the books they want to read—today. To find more books in your format visit www.readhowyouwant.com  William Shakespeare (1564-1616) wrote about thirty eight plays, one hundred and fifty four sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. As a dramatist, he is largely known for his tragedies, especially Hamlet (1599-1601), King Lear (1603-1606), and Macbeth (1603-1606).

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