The Life of Macbeth

By Joanna Fowlston

Lady Macbeth and Macbeth's Greed

Greed. Intense and selfish desire for something, especially wealth, power, or food. Greed can be a very dangerous thing. Macbeth always had dreamed and wanted power and wealth. When he got told by the three witches that he would receive what he wanted, he was easily influenced by greed as was his wife. Lady Macbeth wanted a life of luxury, comfort, leisure, richness, anything that would make her life amazing. Driven by greed, she calls of the powers of evil to help her do what must be done, so that Macbeth becomes King. Lady Macbeth calls out, " Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, and fill me, from the crown to the toe, top-full Of direst cruelty...." (1.5.45-49). Macbeth and Lady Macbeth wanted to kill Duncan, so that Macbeth will become King. However before it is done, Macbeth becomes scared and wary of what they are about to do. But Lady Macbeth scolds him and tells he is not a real man if he can't kill and gain glory. Her accuses cause him to kill Duncan to honor and make her happy. If she weren't to have said anything, then Duncan would have never been killed and perhaps none of the war for the crown would have occurred. Lady Macbeth scornfully accuses Macbeth, "It wakes now you look so green and pale At what it did so freely?....And live a coward in thine own esteem, Letting "I dare not" wait upon "I would," like the poor cat i' the adage?" (1.7.42-50). Also Macbeth's greed of wanting power clouded his judgement of who could kill him and take the crown. The witches told him that no one born from a women would kill him. The greed masked his intelligence to think about those who have had to be cut out of their mothers. Macbeth was a smart man and would have been still been caution if he hadn't let his greed cover it. " The pow'r of man, for none of woman born Shall harm Macbeth. Then live, Macduff. What need I fear of thee?" (4.1.91-94). Therefore, Greed can be extremely dangerous and destroy many lives as it did Macbeth's.

Macbeth Has Lost His Self!

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The song "Lose yourself" by Eminem really represents Macbeth. The song is about a man who has one shot to become famous and be all he wanted; he would have to fight for it and fight to keep it. As Macbeth had to do in the play, to get the crown and keep it. In the video its sung, " His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy, there's vomit on his sweater already". This shows how Macbeth felt right before he had to kill Duncan. He was very scared and nervous because he only had "One shot or opportunity to seize everything you [he] ever wanted In one moment would you [he] capture it or let it slip" (Eminem Lose Yourself). He was nervous, but on the outside he looked calm and ready as stated in the song. He was made King after Duncan was killed to back Scotland back to normal, but as time went on he didn't even recognize things that were familiar to him. "He goes home and barely knows his own daughter"
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Mortal Instruments to Macbeth

The Mortal Instruments is a book series that is about young adults who are special enhanced humans called Shadowhunters. Throughout the book they have to fight for their lives and the lives of those they care about. They fight for the things that will give enough power to destroy the villain Sebastian. Macbeth has to fight for the crown to become more powerful. Also Macduff has to fight Macbeth to fight for his wife and son and regain the crown. Comparing Macbeth to Mortal instruments, Macbeth would be the villain Sebastian, that only cares about power and wants to rule the Shadowhunters, as Macbeth wants to rule Scotland. Macduff would be one of the main characters that is a Shadowhunter who is fighting to defeat Sebastian. Fortunately for that of the world and Scotland, both Macbeth and Sebastian were defeated by people that they had their family killed by them.