Macbeth

Who caused Macbeth's downfall?

In the book Macbeth, Macbeth had a very dramatic downfall, for it is mainly to blame on his wife, Lady Macbeth. This is proved when Lady Macbeth said, “Yet I do fear thy nature. It is too full o’ the milk of human kindness…” (Act 1 scene 5). Lady Macbeth says this because she believes her husband is too nice to murder someone, nonetheless a king. Once Lady Macbeth convinces Macbeth to murder the king, Macbeth’s downfall begins. Another reason Lady Macbeth is to blame is how she questioned his manhood. Lady Macbeth says, “When you durst do it, then you were a man; and to be more than what you were, you would be so much more the man” (Act 1 scene 7). Lady Macbeth claimed that Macbeth would be even more of a man if he were to kill the king and that he would be no man if he decided to not kill the king. If Macbeth hadn’t been convinced to kill the king he wouldn’t have, therefore there would be no downfall with his character. Finally, when Lady Macbeth supposedly kills herself, she puts Macbeth in a state of mind where he cannot focus on what is going on around him, which will ultimately lead to Macbeth’s death. Once Lady Macbeth died, Macbeth said, “She should have died hereafter; there would have been a time for such a word” (Act 5 scene 5). Macbeth claims to wish that his wife would’ve died later on, to give time for him to mourn her death. With Lady Macbeth’s death, Macbeth starts to get angry, getting into two different fights, killing Young Siward, and getting killed by Macduff. Once Macbeth is dead, Malcolm will become the new, rightful king.

Lady Macbeth is Abusive

Janie's Got a Gun

The song “Janie’s got a gun” relates to the book Macbeth because in the song, Janie is considered an abusive, controlling woman. In Macbeth, Lady Macbeth is considered an abusive woman, Lady Macbeth is constantly controlling Macbeth and making him do things he doesn’t want to do. The song says, “Janie’s got a gun, her whole world’s come undone” (Aerosmith). In the song, the artist talks about how Janie is an abusive person and how she’s taking her anger out on people. When Lady Macbeth was angry with Macbeth she claimed Macbeth wasn’t a man and said he was too nice to hurt anyone.