Tragedy of a Crazed Man

By - Nolan Waitkoss

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The Story

"Macbeth" is a story about a man named Macbeth, whose thirst for power will take control of him. Once he was a good noble man, but he slays his own king in secrecy to attempt to gain power to the throne. Doing so, this makes him lose his sanity. What will stop him?

So, Who is to Blame For Macbeth's Fall?

Macbeth is to blame for the downfall of Macbeth for several reasons. Later in the story of "Macbeth," Macduff is the one person that will attempt to try to secure their homeland by seeking help: "Let us rather Hold fast the mortal sword and, like good men, Bestride our downfall'n birthdom" (4.3.3-5). What Macduff says to Malcolm is that he wants to draw a sword and defend their homeland, like a soldier fallen who be protected by an ally. Macduff is eager to defend his homeland from anything. At home, Macduff's family believes their father left them, and that he is a traitor to Scotland. While Macduff is attempting to conjure an army, Ross carries grave news: "...your wife and babes Savagely slaughtered..." (4.3.239-240). With Macduff's response, "He has no children. All of my pretty ones? Did you say all? O hell-kite! All? What, all my pretty chickens and their dam At one fell swoop" (4.3.256-259). The person who caused Macduff's entire family to be slaughtered was Macbeth. Macduff reacts in a shocked, but in a very angry way. He states Macbeth is a bird that picks the prey that is defenseless. Macduff's hatred for Macbeth increases, not only his excuse to slaughter him. Due to the fact that he raises an army to fight Macbeth, and his rage to kill him, they soon march on Scotland. When the war begins, Macduff finds Macbeth, in which Macduff states, "'I have no words; My voice is my sword, thou bloodier villain Than terms can give thee out!'.... ' Hail, King! for so thou art. Behold where stands The usurper's cursed head" (5.8.64-65). Macduff says that he'll only talk with his sword, in which they fight. In the end, Macduff walks away with Macbeth's head. Macduff is who to blame for the death of Macbeth; maybe a bit more literally.

"Mountain At My Gates"

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How About Macbeth's Point of View?

A song by the Foals, "Mountain At My Gates," has a resemblance to how the fall of Macbeth takes place. From what he learned in the witches prophecies, he believes he is invincible, that nothing in the world can stop him. A piece of the prophecies is that Macbeth wouldn't fall until a forest that wasn't anywhere near his location would appear. Before the invasion on the Tyrant of Scotland, Macduff's army went to the forest to cut limbs off of the trees to use as camouflage. When Macbeth soon realizes that the forest is coming to him has "trees" are moving towards him, he soon realizes that his demise is coming.

How the lyrics resemble Macbeth is in a unique but similar way of how he feels, and meets his end. In the song, "Mountain At My Gates," the Foals state, "I see a mountain at my gates. I see it more and more each day. I see a fire out by the lake. I'll drive

my car with our the breaks"(Verse 2 Lines 5-8). When the Foals state that they see a mountain at their gate, literally, you see it in plain site, their isn't a way you wouldn't see it. For Macbeth, its like he see's his demise everyday. Although he has been told he is invincible, there is one part of him that is scared. As everyday comes and passes, he see's it more and more everyday. A fire at a lake is rare, why would there be a fire at the lake? This is when Macbeth realizes that those trees that are moving are obviously not real trees. Driving a car with out breaks is dangerous. You can't stop. He soon realizes how foolish he was to believe these prophecies with out stopping and thinking his actions through. Progressing through the song, more lyrics again explain Macbeth and his soon to come death from Macduff: "...I see a darkness in my fate. I'll drive my care without the breaks"(Verse 3 Lines 11-12). Further more explaining, he see's a darkness in his fate, Macbeth see's his death will come. He also still realizes all the mistakes he has made. "Mountain At My Gates" is a great comparison to show the downfall of Macbeth.

FOALS - Mountain At My Gates [Official Music Video] (GoPro Spherical)

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Can Art Be Compared To "Macbeth?"

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"The Scream," a famous piece of artwork created by Edvard Munch can be used to explain the death of Macbeth. This piece of artwork depicts a man in a unique way, by him "screaming" by a body of water. Macbeth still did have some light in him before he did kill Duncan, The King of Scotland; in which Macbeth said, "I have no spur To prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition..."(1.7.26-28). If depicting Macbeth, the painting would represent Macbeth screaming at himself and the stress he is undergoing. He is confused and surrounded by the dark thoughts and temptation of killing his king. The ocean surrounding the screaming man represents the dark thoughts of Macbeth. Edvard Munch's famous master piece does depict how the death of Macbeth comes when the dark thoughts that come to his mind leads to his death from Macduff.