Macbeth's Macdeath

Julia Fenaroli 7

Who's to blame

The reason Macbeth went on his downward spiral of insanity was most definitely because of his wife, Lady Macbeth. The moment she heard that her husband had even a chance of being king, she jumped to the easiest, and worst, way to get the crown. Lady Macbeth wishes: "Hie thee hither, That I may pour my spirits in thine ear And chastise with the valor of my tongue All that impedes thee from the golden round..."(1.5.26-29) Fearing that her husband was too good, she wants to get rid of anything that would stand between them and the crown, even if it was Macbeth's humanity. She also was very manipulative, saying “Such I account thy love. Art thou afeard To be the same in thine own act and valor As thou art in desire? 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' th' adage?” (1.7.44-50) to Macbeth. She called him a coward in order to let his pride win over so that he kills Duncan. By continuing to call him names and tell him he is not good enough, she is able to manipulate him. She was also very controlling and wouldn't let him back down. Even after the deed was done, she told him exactly what to do. Even when Macbeth was seeing and hearing things, she didn't care. "You do unbend your noble strength to think So brainsickly things. Go get some water And wash this filthy witness from your hand. Why did you bring these daggers from the place? They must lie there. Go carry them and smear The sleep grooms with blood."(2.2.6368)

Option 8: Piece of Art

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Monetary Marionette

Marc Eliuk

Although this art is very simple, it is very relevant to Macbeth because it depicts Lady Macbeth's as she puppeteers Macbeth into killing Duncan. Basically Lady Macbeth was the mastermind of the entire plan and plotted his death from the beginning. She told Macbeth what to do and how to do it. She was the one behind the scenes and the one to move the plan forward. She tells him that all he has to do is "Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under't (1.5.75-76 and "Leave all the rest to me" (1.5.85) In other words, put on a happy face while I prepare you to murder someone. And the puppet looks happy on one side but has a dark and evil side that is peeking through, much like Macbeth.

Option 3: Song Connection

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"I'll Make A Man Out Of You"
Donny Osmond

Let's get down to business
To defeat the Huns
Did they send me daughters when I asked for sons?
You're the saddest bunch I ever met
But you can bet before we're through
Mister, I'll make a man out of you

These lyrics from the movie Mulan show how Lady Macbeth feels about Macbeth. She claims he “Is too full o’ the milk of human kindness To catch the nearest,” This means she believes her husband is too good to seize the throne by murder, and that she must toughen him up, much like in the song. Lady Macbeth says to Macbeth: “Such I account thy love. Art thou afeard To be the same in thine own act and valor As thou art in desire? 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' th' adage?” (1.7.44-50) With this, she is calling him a coward for having cold feet. Of course “the Huns” in the song is the synonym for Duncan, whom the couple is trying to take down.