The Cray Cray Scottish Play Play

By: Breanne Blankenship

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Who´s to Blame for Macbeth's Downfall?

Manliness, power, greed; all these characteristics add up to Macbeth being the loyal subject to the one who ruins it all. Ultimately, Macbeth is responsible for his own destruction because he listened to all the wrong people and did all the wrong things. It all starts when 3 witches tell Macbeth, "Second Witch: All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor! Third Witch: All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be King hereafter! " (Act 1, sc. 3, In. 52-57). By telling Macbeth that these good things would happen to him, he felt that he had to make them happen, not just letting them happen by themselves. Readers may conclude that Macbeth always wanted to have more power but the witches just pushed him to do whatever he could to get it. Maybe Macbeth isn't all bad because he doesn't want to kill Duncan, but Lady Macbeth blames him of breaking "this enterprise to me? 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, sc. 7, 54-58). Because Macbeth decides that he doesn't want King Duncan, Lady Macbeth implies that he is not a man because he broke his promise, also because he won't kill Duncan. Lady Macbeth manipulates Macbeth to kill Duncan so that he can prove to her that he is a man. Also, in the Macbeth family, Lady Macbeth wears the pants. If Macbeth didn't listen to his wife, may people would not have died. Although Macbeth had some bad influences on his decisions and actions, he ultimately is responsible for his own actions. In order to become king Macbeth believes that a, “False face must hide what the false heart doth know" (Act 1, sc. 7, 95). When Macbeth decides he will kill Duncan and become king, he implies that a honest face must hide what a black heart filled with evil and ambition truly desires.

Literary Devices

Character Analysis: Lady Macbeth

Lady Macbeth is powerful and demanding, she lacks feeling for humanity and will do anything to reach her goal; Queen. Although at the end of the play, Lady Macbeth confesses to all the murders that have happened; she is the one who planned and started her and Macbeth's claim to fame by killing the beloved King Duncan.

Masks found in Ancient Greek theater

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The masks that represent Theater, Tragedy and Comedy. While comedy is not a part of Macbeth, at all, the comedy mask can be interpreted as a feeling of no remorse. Tragedy is the entire making of Macbeth, after Duncan is murdered the masks can represent how Lady Macbeth and Macbeth react. In the aftermath of Duncan's death Lady Macbeth, " seem thus washing her hands.... these hands ne'er be clean" (Act. 5, Sc. 1, 28 & 42). While Lady Macbeth plotted the entire plan, after she felt guilty and wanted to take it back. Readers may conclude that she only wanted Duncan to die, not all the people who followed him; Macduff's family, Banquo, even Macbeth and herself. On the other hand, the comedy mask can represent Macbeth; wanting more power and will do anything (and kill anyone) to get it. Right before having Banquo and Fleance murdered Macbeth tells Banquo, "We should have else desired your good advise, Which still hath been both grave and prosperous, In this day's council; but we'll take tomorrow" (3.1.21-24). Macbeth has hatched a plan where Banquo and his son will be murdered, but still tells his friend that they will talk tomorrow, knowing that Banquo will not be living tomorrow. Macbeth is willing to kill his own friend in order to make the witches prophecy to become real. The comedy mask is not always funny and Macbeth shows that by being heartless.