Okay…I have a confession to make. I’m not a big fan of Shakespeare’s tragedies. (Shocking, I know.) Well, Caroline B. Cooney’s Enter Three Witches may have just changed my mind–at least when it comes to Macbeth. This retelling of Macbeth follows Mary, a ward of Lord and Lady Macbeth, and several other characters that were not vital or even present in the original play: Fleance, son of Banquo; Seyton, one of Macbeth’s lackeys; Ildred and Swin, servants in the Macbeth household; and a few other characters. These characters present the tragedy of Macbeth from their own points of view and provide readers with a very different glimpse of this tale.
These points of view give readers a new look at an old piece of literature. In my opinion, it makes it more exciting and relevant to young adult readers, as most of the characters are young adults themselves. Lady Mary, for example, is only fourteen (and, by the end of the book, is on her fourth engagement).
Quotes from Macbeth head each of the chapters and sub-chapters and indicate a new character is speaking. The original dialogue is also interspersed within the book’s text. This interweaving of new and old could persuade some readers to go back and read or re-read Macbeth itself to compare the two works.
Caroline B. Cooney definitely has a winner on her hands with Enter Three Witches. She is helping to make Shakespeare exciting for a whole new audience. I highly recommend this book!