Macbeth

By: Brynn Riegert

The Downfall of Macbeth

Macbeth's downfall was by far his confidence. Though at first Macbeth is seen as cowardly in the eyes of ,mostly,his wife, As the story progresses you see him start to get that confidence, making him arrogant and blind to whats happening around him.

Macbeth began to dismiss warnings of his endings as simple tall tales," Macbeth! Macbeth! Beware Macduff!" The apparition told him, then when the last apparition told him that he wasn't to die of a man born of a women," Then live, Macduff. What need i fear of thee" (Act 4 scene 1). When these apparitions told him of his fate he aloud the confidence in the last prophecy coming true to gloss over the possibility of Macduff being any threat to him.

Also, Macbeth saw Macduff's attack as something nonthreatening to him," There are ten thousand...soldiers sir" his servant warned him about the attack, logically, fearful," Go prick thy face and over-red thy fear!" Macbeth told the servant in response to his warnings (Act 5 scene 3). He looked upon 10,000 soldiers as no big deal because he was CONFIDENT they couldn't harm him, he never even thought of the fate of the rest of his kingdom.

Finally, Macbeth's confidence affected him the most in his fight with Macduff," But get thee back! my soul is too much charged with the blood of thine already" (Act 5 Scene 8). When the witches told him the he wasn't going to die of a man born of a women he never thought of any such loop-hole that could present itself, such as Macduff's case of a C-section, therefore he just figured he would die of old age or disease. So when Macduff comes to him he refuses to fight because he's CONFIDENT that if he does, he will kill him, and he doesn't want to kill any more Macduffs

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Paradox In Macbeth

In Macbeth you see an example of a paradox," Macbeth! Beware Macduff..." an apparition told him," for none of women born shall harm Macbeth" (Act 4 scene 1). At first you are to believe that the apparition is just warning Macbeth of Macduff's treason and that Macduff won't be able to kill Macbeth, nor anyone else. But as the story progressed you find that the apparition is telling Macbeth that Macduff will kill him if he gets the chance because he is a C-section, therefore not naturally born.
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Bildungsroman in Macbeth

Also, In Macbeth there's an example of Bildungsroman with Macbeth's Character. In the beginning Macbeth is a Loyal man," The service and loyalty I owe is dong it pays itself..which do but what they should be doing everything safe toward your love and honor" then as the witches prophesies borrow deep into his mind," The castle Macduff... seize upon Fife, give to the edge o' the sword his wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls that trace him in his lines" ( Act 4 Scene 1). At first Macbeth was loyal, to Duncan especially, but later after all his misdeeds, when faced with the suspicion of Macduffs Treason he chooses without second thought to kill Macduff's entire line, starting with his wife and kids.
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Characterization in Macbeth

When Macduff's family is murdered by Macbeth you see Characterization in Macduff's reaction,"Front to front bring thou this fiend of Scotland and myself" (Act 4 Scene 3) Macduff decides instead of sitting about grieving his lost family he will seek justice about their death by killing macbeth, which shows a sense of Justice and Heroism, because he decides ultimately to do this for himself and Scotland.
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Macbeth Relation to Fairly Local by Twenty One Pilots

Macbeth's downfall was his confidence. It let him give away to the evil inside him that we don't know if it was even really a part of him, his core. It was just a alternative him made my greed and the confidence in his power over everything. In the song Fairly Local by Twenty One Pilots they express a similar feeling," I'm evil to the core what I shouldn't do I will... what I want to save I'll kill, is that who I truly am?" (fairly local Twenty One Pilots). In the lyric their saying how this evil course through them telling them to the opposite of what they truly want, but their not sure if that's what they want to do or just something else telling them its right. Similar to Macbeth.



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Fairly Local - Twenty One Pilots (Lyric Video)

Macbeth and The Karate Kid (1984)

Macbeth's downfall is similar to 1984 The Karate Kid. In The Karate Kid , Johnny Lawerence (WIlliam Zabka) is a mean kid, treating others as beneath him because o his karate skills, so when Daniel is found as a threat to him he's confidence that he'll be able to get rid of him, like Macbeth. When Daniel and Johnny have a karate match at the end of the movie he's confident he'll be able to defeat them. Similar to Macbeth when Macduff came to defeat him at the end of the play. Ultimately, in the end they are both defeat by their enemies.
The Karate Kid (1984) Trailer