Macbeth Summative Assignment

Marissa Cochran

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The concept responsible for Macbeth’s downfall is his own ambition. He drove himself to kill Duncan and eventually craves control so badly he is willing to take matters into his own hands and keep the crown at any cost. Evidence that shows this in the beginning is, “To know my deed, ‘twere best not know myself ” (Act 2, scene 2). Towards the middle of the play Macbeth states, “Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown And put a barren scepter in my gripe,... No son of mine succeeding, If’t be so, For Banquo’s issue have I filed my mind; For them the gracious Duncan have I murdered;... Rather than so, come, Fate, into the list, And champion me to the utterance!” (Act 3, scene 1). And in the end of the play Macbeth shows his ambition and obsession with being king by saying, “I’ll fight, till from my bones my flesh be hacked” (Act 5, scene 3). This evidence proves that Macbeth's ambition was the cause of his downfall throughout the play.

Dramatic Irony

"See, see, our honored hostess! The love that follows us sometimes is our trouble, Which still we thank as love" (Act 1, scene 6). In the play, Macbeth had told his wife of the prophesy told by the Weird Sisters and she convinces him to man up and kill the king. To eventually gain the crown, Macbeth invites Duncan to his castle to celebrate his new promotion; where he plans to murder the king and claim the crown. Lady Macbeth, Macbeth's wife, came up with this idea. As the guests arrive, she greets them with such care and love as if she is an innocent woman. This shows dramatic irony because she is most definitely NOT innocent and caring, as she ends up killing Duncan because Macbeth is having second thoughts.


"Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none. So all hail, Macbeth and Banquo" (Act 1, scene 3). In the play the three witches have a prophecy that says Macbeth is to be name Thane of Glamis, then Thane of Cawdor, and then King. This is showing foreshadowing because the witches are showing him the future and his "destiny".

Tragic Hero

“To know my deed, ‘twere best not know myself ” (Act 2, scene 2). In this part of the play, Macbeth has just decided to kill Duncan and he is questioning himself. Macbeth is a very brave and honorable man who at the very start of this play had very pure intentions and would have seen himself killing the king of Scotland. He was a hero to the king until his ambition to be king took over him and the evil side of him began to show through.

Movie Connection

My movie connection is The Lion King. In the movie, Scar: brother of the Lion King, kills his brother to become king. This represents Macbeth because it was Scar's ambition or need to become king drove him to extremes as far as killing his own brother. Macbeth's ambition drove him to killing the king and anyone else in his way.
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Art Connection

This picture represents Macbeth's ambition because he has no hesitation when it comes to killing people and his instinct is to kill anyone in his way. It also coincidentally represents the blood on Lady Macbeth's hands that she cannot wash off. Showing the guilt dragging her down.
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