I love a lot of books, but I’m not a great re-reader. I wish I was but I’m not. I do love old books though. I loved English classes at school, and ended up with an ‘A’ in my big final exams. There are a couple of books that I can kind of quote from, but here’s the one I’m more interested in:
Macbeth by Shakespeare
It is my opinion that Macbeth is Shakespeare’s finest play. I’ve read Hamlet too, but I just don’t like it as much. I went to see this performed and everything. The atmosphere of Macbeth is dark, and is similar to Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte in this way. The character of Macbeth is the tragedy – he is/was a good man, corrupted by greed and a wife that is rather unnerving. I don’t know if I’m supposed to provide evidence of my ability to quote here. I’ll give it a go or two I suppose, but it has been a while since I read it.
‘When shall we three meet again – in thunder, lightning or in rain?’
I checked this so I am right – but it is only the opening sentence…
Laugh to scorn the power of man, for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth!
Come ye evil spirits and unsex me here, fill me from the toe-top full of the direst cruelty
Okay I’m embarrassed now. I’m better at paraphrasing. This is wrong. I haven’t read Macbeth in about three years though lol. Here’s the real thing:
Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts! unsex me here, And fill me from the crown to the toe, top-full Of direst cruelty;make thick my blood, Stop up the access and passage to remorse, That no compunctious visitings of nature Shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between The effect and it! Come to my woman’s breasts, And take my milk for gall, you murdering ministers, Wherever in your sightless substances You wait on nature’s mischief!
- Lady Macbeth, Scene V
I’m going to stop now. Two out of three’s not bad right? Now that I come to think about it I think I’m more of an appreciation of books person than a reciter.