Macbeth Summative

Cause of Macbeth's downfall

The person to blame for Macbeth’s downfall is Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth has done nothing but mess with, and turn Macbeth’s good nature into bad. There has been many times that by using her harsh words, and strong ideas of how great the future would be for them that turned Macbeth more, and more towards his overall downfall. In the beginning of all the madness that happened, Lady Macbeth would say how innocent Macbeth is and it was simply just sad he was having second thoughts about killing Duncan. “Your hand, your tongue; look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under´t.. This nightś great business into my dispatch, which shall to all our nights and days to come give solely sovereign sway and masterdom¨ (Act one, scene 5). Lady Macbeth is saying how pathetic he is and that if he just does this one thing of killing Duncan, then they can live awesome lives and be happy. She is pretty much pressuring him, and messing with his overall thought. Later on right before Macbeth had said to her he would kill Duncan, he backed out because of how innocent he was, but Lady Macbeth would scream at and put down Macbeth to get him to kill Duncan. “But screw your courage to the sticking place...what cannot you and I perform upon the unguarded Duncan? what not put upon his spongy officers..” (Act 1, scene 7). with this she says cruel things to him, insults him, overall just pushing him to the edge. She wants nothing but fame and glory, and uses her husband to do horrific things to get it. At another point in the book Macbeth kills Banquo out of fear that his sons will be king from the witche’s promise. Lady Macbeth has little to really no part in getting Macbeth to have murderers kill Banquo and try to kill his son Fleance, but what she really does well in doing is keeping Macbeth quiet about the deeds they have done, and to keep him stable for the moment. “This is the very painting of your fear..shame itself! Why do you make such faces? When all’s done, you look but on a stool” (Act 3, scene 4). From this she is telling Macbeth how fearful he is, and shaming him for making himself a fool over nothing. He is scared of the empty stool which to him sits the ghost of Banquo causing great panic over him.

Literary Devices

The first literary device used in Macbeth is dynamic character. The character Macbeth changes very, very much during the course of the book. He starts off as a nice, noble guy who is respectful and trustworthy, to a person to who is nothing but trouble and is greedy. "our fears in Banquo stick deep..he hath a wisdom that doth guide his valor to act in safety. There is none but he whose being do I fear" (Act three, scene one). Macbeth wants Banquo dead because he is fearful that his sons will be king. This among many other actions he has done as shown how evil he has become, how being scared of the witches prophecy becoming true, and him not being king that he has his friend Banquo killed. The second literary device being used in the book is verbal irony. in the beginning Lady Macbeth is talking to Duncan about how happy she is to have him at her and Macbeth's house, and saying how much of an honor it is. "All our service in every point twice done, and then done double, were poor and single business to contend against those honors deep and broad wherewith your majesty loads our house. For those of old, and the late dignites heaped up to them, we rest your hermits" (Act one, scene six). Lady Macbeth says all this with the truth of it being that her and Macbeth are going to kill him later in the evening. She keeps the secret to herself deep in her mind, while she acts like everything is going to be happy, and fun. The third and final literary device is tragedy. There is much tragedy that happens in Macbeth, but probably one of the most cruel and gruesome ones was the murder of Macduff's family. Macbeth hired murderers to go to Macduff house and kill his family and him. "your castle is surprised; your wife and babes savagley slaughtered" (Act four, scene three). Ross brings to the news to Macduff that his wife and children have been murdered. This being one of the most gruesome and saddest things to happen in the book makes it a big tragedy to happen at that point.

Song connection (My Lullaby: Lion King 2 Simba's Pride)

A song connection to Macbeth is "My Lullaby' in this song the character Zira is talking to her son Kovu about how he is meant to be king one day and he will do that by killing Simba (the current king). "One day when you're big and strong you will be king..the sound of Simba's dying gasp, his daughter squealing in my grasp, his lionesses' mournful cry. That's my lullaby" (My Lullaby). In this she is brainwashing Kovu to be evil and cold blooded murderer. Singing to him about the death of Simba and his daughter, and how that is what needs to be done. This relates to Macbeth because Lady Macbeth pressured Macbeth into killing Duncan."..But screw your courage to the sticking place, and we will not fail..what cannot you and I perform upon the unguarded Duncan? what not put upon his spongy officers, who shall bear the guilt of our great quell? (Act one, scene 7).In this Lady Macbeth is telling him all these things because he wants to back out of the plan of killing Duncan. He didn't want to necessarily murder him, but from Lady Macbeth causing him to go through by telling him this would make him a man because he isn't one now, and the great future that would come to them from it. As time goes on though with Macbeth it becomes more of his choice to kill others, but still a tad under the influence of Lady Macbeth. In 'My Lullaby" though Kouv never kills anyone. His mother is very eager for him to murder the king SImba, but it never happens because of the slight difference in character that keeps him good. With slight differences it is still connecting with the influence of Lady Macbeth in Macbeth and Kira in Lion King 2 Simba's Pride.

Movie connection (Lion King 2 Simba's Pride)

A movie connection to Macbeth is "Lion King 2 Simba's Pride" in the movie the main plot is a young cub named Kovu being raised by his mother Zira to kill Simba (the current king) and rule over as the "rightful" king. As he grows up he is trained to be a cold blooded killer out for revenge for the death of Scar. In Macbeth Lady Macbeth is pushing Macbeth to murder the current king Duncan so they can be the new king and queen. By harsh words, and talks on the "good' future Macbeth murders Duncan along with others later to keep their plot hidden, and future of wealth and fame with them. They both relate with the simple aspect of greed. In both the need to do whatever it takes to get something is insane because in both in this example Lion King 2 Simba wasn't killed but a couple others were because of this need. In Macbeth they both got what they wanted for awhile, but their terrible actions circled back on them and destroyed them both.
Lion King 2 Full Movie Simba's Pride 1998