One of the great Shakespearean tragedies, Macbeth/ is a dark and bloody drama of ambition, murder, guilt, and revenge. Prompted by the prophecies of three mysterious witches and goaded by his ambitious wife, the Scottish thane Macbeth murders Duncan, King of Scotland, in order to succeed him on the throne. This foul deed soon entangles the conscience-stricken nobleman in a web of treachery, deceit and more murders that ultimately spells his doom. Set amid the gloomy castles and lonely heaths of medieval Scotland, Macbeth/ paints a striking dramatic portrait of a man of honor and integrity destroyed by a fatal character flaw and the tortures of a guilty imagination. Lexile Measure:/ NC1020L Copyright 1993. 196 pages, paperback, 5 by 8 inches, middle school/high school.