Tragedy of Macbeth

Lindsay Feuerborn

Lady Macbeth is the one to blame

Lady Macbeth is the one to blame for Macbeth's downfall. She Is so determined to make Macbeth king that she will stop at nothing to do so. She uses reverse psychology to make him feel like a coward for doing what was right. Which was not wanting to kill his king. Soon after Lady Macbeth's actions of partnering in killing Duncan and several others, her own consciousness will drive her mad.

Literary Devices

Comic Relief: Using humor to lighten the mood

"Marry, sir, nose-painting, sleep, and urine. Lechery, sir, it provokes, and unprovokes; it provokes the desire, but it takes away the performance. Therefor much drink may be said to be an equivocator with lechery: its makes him and is mars him, and disheartens him; makes him stand to, and not stand to; in conclusion, equivocates him in a sleep, and, giving him the lie, and leaves him" (2.3.27-35). The porter is hungover from the night before when Lady, and Macbeth got him drunk. Shakespeare uses comic relief to cushion the fact that Duncan was just murdered.

Symbolism: Representation of something that means something else

"Out, damned spot! out I say! One; two. Why then 'tis time to do't. Hell is murky. Fie, my lord, fie! a soldier and afeard? What need we fear he knows it, when no one can call our pow'r to accompt. Yet who would have thought the old man would have so much blood in him....What will these hands ne'er be clean?" (5.1.34-42). The blood on Lady Macbeth's hands symbolizes the guilt that she has for helping kill Duncan. It also symbolizes that she is going even more insane, considering she's talking about the blood and her guilt in her sleep.

Foreshadowing: Hinting that something bad is going to happen

"By the pricking of my thumbs, something evil this way comes" (4.1.45). The weird sisters are referring to Macbeth as the evil one. Which isn't a good sign because Macbeth has always been seen as kind and loyal to his king, and for 3 witches that can reasonably be held responsible for the death of Macbeth and others, to call him evil signifies that Macbeth is turning into something he is not and something bad is bound to happen from it.

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Evil Wife

Macbeth is so kind and so loyal.

He is so kind and reasonable.

His wife, the lady, the other,

Is a cruel and terrible wife for him

For him to listen was solely her fault.

She wanted him to fall, and break, and tear.

And her actions become guilt she can't bare.


She turned him, evil beyond all meaning.

From a man once, gentle, kind, and gleaming.

Her craze drove both of them beyond insane.

Macbeth, a killer, and now a dead man,

Whose corpse may rest in peace and forgiveness.

A tampered mind shall never be punished.

Evil wife, may you die with misery.

The Lion King

The movie "The Lion King" relates to the play "Macbeth" in many ways. Even though The Lion King doesn't tie to the wife being the one to blame, the story line is very similar. In the movie, Scar wants to get rid of Mufasa. With the 'encouraging' talk from his friends, the hyenas, he follows through even though he knows it is wrong to kill his own brother. Scar relates to Macbeth, as the hyenas resemble his crazy persuading wife. Other ways The Lion King is related to Macbeth is that after Mufasa is killed, Simba flees, in fear that he is next, as Malcolm flees after the murdering of Duncan. Also, Malcolm comes back to off Macbeth for his terrible crimes, as Simba returns to fight Scar for killing his father and making him think it was his fault.
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