The Tragedy of Macbeth

By: Derek Beauchamp

Who is to Blame?

The three witches are to blame for the downfall of Macbeth, because they influenced his decisions. At the very beginning of the story, the three witches set the mood of the entire play. It was Macbeth's first encounter with the witches and was rather surprised about what they had to say,"All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis! All hail Macbeth! Hail to thee Thane of Cawdor! All hail Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!" (Shakespeare 17,19). Macbeth believed what the witches said and wanted to hear more, but they vanished. Since Macbeth believed what the withes told him, his ambitions become to powerful for him to control. After Macbeth's run into with the witches, he is told by king Duncan that he is now Thane of Cawdor. All of the puzzle pieces seem to fall into place for Macbeth, because he is now certain that the witches speak the truth. Macbeth relays the information from the witches to his wife, and she is thrilled about this exciting news. Soon after Lady Macbeth gets the information from her husband she is told,"My dearest love, Duncan comes here tonight. And when goes hence? Tomorrow as he purposes. O, never shall sun that marrow see!" (Shakespeare 35). Lady Macbeth believes that this is a sign from the witches and in order for Macbeth to become king, he must kill Duncan. Once Macbeth is all of what the weird sisters had told him, he will stop at nothing to keep from being king. One of the witches apparitions, "...For none of women born shall harm Macbeth." (Shakespeare 121), Makes Macbeth believe that he is invincible. This leads to Macbeth's downfall because he thinks that nobody can beat him.
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Song Connection

Song- Day 'N' Nite By: Kid Cudi

Lyrics- " I toss and turn keep stressing in my mind, mind. I look for peace but see I don't attain. what I need for keeps this silly game we play, play." (Cudi).

The Lyrics resemble the three witches, because of how they made Macbeth go insane. The witches told Macbeth that he was going to be king and he believed them. Macbeth's ambitions became too powerful leading to the death of Duncan. After Duncan was killed, and Macbeth was the new king, he felt like he had to do everyhing to make sure that he stayed king; even if it required killing as many people as it would take.

Kid Cudi - Day 'N' Nite

Character Analysis

Macbeth's ambitions and the need for power, are key characteristics that drive Macbeth to do what he does. In the beginning of the play, the three witches come out and told Macbeth that he will be the Thane of Cawdor and the king of Scotland. Macbeth doesn't want the witches to leave and says," Stay you imperfect speakers, tell me more!" (Shakespeare 19). Macbeth starts to get greedy and wanted to hear more about his future and what's going to happen. When Macbeth talked to Banquo about what had happened they had different view points. Banquo is unsure of the witches and doesn't know what to believe while Macbeth believes," Come what come may, time and the hour runs through the roughest day." (Shakespeare 25). What Macbeth is trying to say is that whatever lies ahead in the future will come no matter what. After Macbeth has made up his mind to kill king Duncan, he tries to determine when the best time to kill him would be," If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well it were done quickly. If the assassination could trammel up the consequence, and catch with his surcease, success..." (Shakespeare 41). By this Macbeth means that if the murder could be done without causing problems later, then it would be good to do it soon. Macbeth thinks that the sooner he kills Duncan, then he will face less consequences in the future.
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