Tragedy of a Crazed Man
By - Nolan Waitkoss
So, Who is to Blame For Macbeth's Fall?
"Mountain At My Gates"
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.
Macbeth in the story is a dynamic character. A dynamic character is a person in a story, who undergoes an attitude or personality change from say the beginning of the story, to the end; hence the photo of the road sign that says, "Change." In the story of Macbeth, he is seen as a fierce noble man. He is also seen as a very loyal person to the King of Scotland: "Oh worthiest cousin, the sin of my gratitude even now Was heavy on me! Thou art so far before That swiftest wing of recompense is slow To overtake thee. Would thou hadst less deserved, That the proportion both thanks and payment Might have been mine"(1.4.17-23)! With loyalty comes respect. Everyone trusts Macbeth, and respects him. It is overtime with a man so close to total power can become corrupt. With the help of the three wicked sisters, or the three witches, they will convince Macbeth to believe their foolish prophecies. In government is power, just as for Macbeth, he wants to be king like anyone else would. But with evil crawling through his mind, he'll aught to change over time. In his mind, he only see's one way to become king, and that is to kill his own king. He is finally corrupt, by which Macbeth says to himself, "On which I must fall down, or else o'erleap, For in my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires! Let not the light see my black and deep desires. The eye wink at the hand; yet let that be, Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see"(1.4.57-61). Macbeth does change fairly quickly. One moment, he is loyal and will do anything for his king, the next moment he is thinking about killing him just because of one thought of gaining power.
An aside is used in plays; used by many characters as private information, the other characters around them don't know what they say. The photo used shows wind blowing a dandelion away; it is supposed to represent saying thing under your breath (sort of hard to find a photo). A key aside used in "Macbeth" is when Macbeth says to him self, "The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step On which I must fall down, or else o'erleap, For in my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires! Let not light see my black and deep desires. The eye wink at his hand; yet let that be, Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see"(1.4.55-61). This aside shows what kind of character Macbeth will turn out to be late in the future. With assigning Malcolm to be Prince of Cumberland, Macbeth only see's another problem in his way to gaining power.
Macbeth is a tragic hero of the story. Through out the story, Macbeth was known to be loyal and worthy thane of the king. Eventually, the dark thoughts over; these thoughts, flood his mind with being king, by killing his king. The beginning of these thoughts start the mark of his downfall. In all reality, he was foolish to even think about killing his king, because with the spot as a thane, he had already nice benefits and power. But, power is the name of the game to him. But in the end, Macbeth gets what his should be given too him: "Behold where stands The usurper's cursed head"(5.8.64-65). Macduff severs the head of Macbeth ending the tyranny that the people didn't want. Once a good man, and later drowning in thoughts of power, Macbeth really is the tragic hero of the story, "Macbeth."