After watching this very silly video clip, you will never forget about the "curse" actors attach to the name of the "Scottish play."
This is a classic 80s cartoon parody of Macbeth. It's just for fun, because the real purpose of education, as we all know, is so you "get" more jokes.
This video contains enough background material to help you understand Shakespeare's background without turning into an overwhelming history lesson. The graphics are dark and forboding, and beautiful to look at. They make it easier to understand what the narrator is talking about. It makes you want to know the story.
Don't be fooled by the comedy, this is a serious summary and academic analysis of Shakespeare's classic story of corrupted power.
No Fear Shakespeare by SparkNotes features the complete edition of Macbeth side-by-side with an accessible, plain English translation. This is a great help for students struggling to understand Macbeth in the original language.