The Tragedy of Macbeth

By: Mackenzie Loftin Hour: 3

Lady Macbeth is to Blame for Macbeth's Downfall

Lady Macbeth is to blame for Macbeth's downfall. This is because he may not have even killed King Duncan in the first place if it was not for his wife Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth calls on the evil spirits to give her the strength to do what she feels she must. "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!" (Shakespeare 35). Lady Macbeth had every intent on killing King Duncan on the very same night she found out. Macbeth wasn't going to kill King Duncan; Lady Macbeth forced him to. Lady Macbeth says to Macbeth, "Only look up clear. To alter favor ever is to fear. Leave all the rest to me." (Shakespeare 37). She is saying that Macbeth's job is only to carry out the physical part of her plan, and she will make sure that all of the implementations are in order. Macbeth goes along with Lady Macbeth's plan, until it's about to happen and he feels uneasy. In response to her husbands tentativeness, Lady Macbeth says this to her husband, "Wouldst thou have that Which thou esteem'st the ornament of life, And live a coward in thine own esteem, Letting 'I dare not' wait upon 'I would,' Like the poor cat i' the adage?" (Shakespeare 43). She is basically calling her husband a coward if he does not kill The King. She is manipulating her husband to kill for her own gain. Lady Macbeth sees an opportunity to gain eminence power, and she is not going to let it go. Lady Macbeth is to blame for Macbeth's downfall.
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Literary Devices

Dynamic Character- Macbeth himself is a dynamic character because he was a noble soldier, then he was a killer just to be king. Macbeth changed completely in order to gain power, and approval from his wife. "Is this a dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee! I have thee not, and yet I see thee still. Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible To feeling as to sight?" (Shakespeare 51)


Theme- The theme in Macbeth is that one influence can change everything. Lady Macbeth is the influence that changed everything. The witches just said Macbeth shall be king- they never said he had to kill the king. Lady Macbeth got the notion in her head that she was going to make her husband kill the king, and that she did. "Only look up clear. To alter favor ever is to fear. Leave all the rest to me." (Shakespeare 37).


Foreshadowing- Throughout the whole story, Macbeth's downfall is foreshadowed. The witches are the ones who foreshadowed his future, but lady Macbeth is the one who altered it. She took what they said as that she was going to make her husband kill the king. What the witches really said was that he shall be king. "All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor." (Shakespeare 17).

Troy (Director's Cut) - Trailer

Movie Connection- Troy (2004)

This is a trailer for the movie Troy (2004). Helen (Played by Diane Kruger) was a queen to another man, but left and went to Troy with a different man; Helen starts a war. She didn't like her husband, and she wanted new power. People in both kingdoms lost men fighting The Prince and The King's battle. I chose to compare Macbeth to this movie because everything happened because of one woman. Helen of Troy left her husband and went with another man to another kingdom. Helen used The Prince to escape her own unhappy life; she manipulated him. Lady Macbeth wanted power in anyway she could. She saw an opportunity, and she took it. These two women (Helen of Troy and Lady Macbeth) are similar in the fact that everything was caused because of men. In the movie Troy, Helen starts a war leading to bloodshed. Lady Macbeth practically forces her husband (Macbeth) to kill the current king in order to obtain power. This led to her own, and more importantly her husbands, downfall. If Helen of Troy never left her land and kingdom to go to Troy, the war and bloodshed never would've happened. If Lady Macbeth never convinced her husband to kill King Duncan, Nobody would've died on their behalf, and Macbeth wouldn't have had a downfall. Helen of Troy and Lady Macbeth were the cause.
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Piece of Art: The Scream

Lady Macbeth is responsible for the downfall of Macbeth. This picture is symbolizing the evil demons that can take over someone. Lady Macbeth called on the evils in order to assist her in the murder she was going to be a part of. "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!" (Shakespeare 35). She wished to be filled with nothing but cruelty from the crown to the toe. Lady Macbeth went to places she never should have in order to become the queen. The picture is resembling her interaction with the evil spirits. If she wouldn't have reach out to evil and desired to be nothing but cruelty, Macbeth never would've even thought to kill The King. Macbeth killed King Duncan because his wife (Lady Macbeth) told him to. She is a evil woman, and she is the cause for her husbands downfall.