Scottish Terror

Made by: Alyssa Cleveland.

Maniac Wife

Macbeth's wife, Lady Macbeth, brought about her husband's destruction. She convinced and forced Macbeth to do the things she wanted him to do. She criticized him and made him think he wasn't enough of a man to murder the king and others. Lady Macbeth wrote a letter to her husband saying these words:"Yet do I fear thy nature. It is too full o' the milk of human kindness To catch the nearest way" (1.5.16-18). This quote in the play is stating simply that Lady Macbeth feared that Macbeth is too good to seize the throne and become king by murdering the current king. The night of the murder, Macbeth starts having second thoughts about killing King Duncan, because of multiple reasons, such as being his relative and that he has done a lot of generous and helpful things for Macbeth. When Lady Macbeth suspects this, she criticizes her husband by describing his ambition to be king in drinking terms and how it was drunk and now it seems hungover. She suspects that he is afraid and compares Macbeth to a cat who wouldn't catch fish because of its fear of wet feet using these words: "...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' the adage"(1.6.46-50)? Finally, Lady Macbeth brings out the fury and beast of Macbeth out of him. After King Duncan's murder and Macbeth has become king, Macbeth has this sudden boost of confidence and becomes demanding of answers. He states these words:"I conjure you by that which you profess(Howe'er you come to know it), answer me....Even till destruction sicken--answer me to what i ask you"(4.1.51-60).
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Set It Off - Nightmare LYRICS

Lyrics and explanation

They're coming, creeping from the corner
And all I know is that I don't feel safe
I feel the tapping on my shoulder
I turn around in an alarming state
But am I loosing my mind?
I really think so
Not a creature in sight
But what you don't know is that

My breathing gets faster
And so does my heartbeat
I wish this was over
I wish that this was a dream but

I created a monster, a hell within my head
Nowhere to go, I'm out on my own
Oh I'm so scared
I created a monster, a beast inside my brain
Nowhere to go, I'm not on my own
My mind impaired to wake me from my nightmare

Wait, something doesn't feel right (feel right)
No, something seems wrong (wrong)
And I've been feeling this way (oh that's too bad), for far too long
As my vision gets blurred, my skin's getting colder
Appearing young, while I'm growing older
I collapse to the floor and scream:
"Can anybody save me from myself?"

I created a monster, a hell within my head
Nowhere to go, I'm out on my own
Oh I'm so scared (oh, oh I'm so scared)
I created a monster, a beast inside my brain
Nowhere to go, I'm not on my own
My mind impaired to wake me from my nightmare

Walk into the latch, I find myself looking down
Frozen still with fear, now I'm plunging to the ground
If only I knew how to fly, then I could convince myself
This isn't my time to die
Instead I'm rocketing faster, and faster
I dive, fall to the floor
And when my body crashes to the pavement
I'm right back where I was before

I created a monster, a hell within my head
Nowhere to go, I'm out on my own
Oh I'm so scared

I created a monster, a hell within my head
Nowhere to go, I'm out on my own
Oh I'm so scared, no, no
I created a monster, a beast inside my brain
Nowhere to go, I'm not on my own
My mind impaired to wake me from my nightmare

(I'm so scared) Awake me from my nightmare
(I'm so scared) Awake me from my nightmare
(I'm so scared) Awake me from my nightmare
(I'm so scared!) Awake me from my nightmare


This song is a good comparison to Shakespeare's play, Macbeth, because after Macbeth murders King Duncan, he has nightmares and new fears night after night. Also, the readers can assume that Macbeth doesn't feel very comfortable or safe around his wife, but he does love her and does anything she tells him, even murder. She starts to bring out the beast and fury in him and it's like Lady Macbeth "Created a monster, a beast inside my brain"(Nightmare). Macbeth resembles the author of this song, because due to Lady Macbeth influencing his actions, he has created a kind of monster inside his head.

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Scream by Edvard Munch

This famous piece of art symbolizes Lady Macbeth and her insanity and influence on others around her. The artist, Edvard Munch, can relate to Lady Macbeth also, because both characters struggled through insanity phases during their lifetimes. Lady Macbeth, towards the end of the play starts sleepwalking and confessing her guilt and troubles and the doctor and gentlewoman are observing her, discussing her insanity. This is the gentlewoman's reasoning for calling the doctor:"..I have seen her rise from her bed, throw her nightgown upon her, unlock her closet, take forth paper, fold it, write upon't it, read it, afterwards seal it, and again return to bed; yet all this while in a most fast sleep"(5.1.5-8). She also confesses her guilt and acts as if there's blood on her hands. The gentlewoman and doctor describe it like this:"It is an accustomed action with her, to seem thus washing her hands. I have known her continue in this a quarter of an hour"(5.1.26-29). Edvard Munch had a sort of same kind of experience and/or phase in his lifetime also. He struggled with insanity and anxiety not only through himself but through his family, too. This painting is a way that Munch expressed an honest, even ugly, glimpse of his inner troubles and feelings of anxiety.

Literary Devices

1. Mood: In act five, when Lady Macbeth is sleepwalking and feeling all these different emotions, it keeps the readers in suspense and the description helps the reader feel what Lady Macbeth is feeling. She's in her bedroom being observed by a doctor and gentlewoman and she's acting as if there's blood on her hands and confessing her guilt and actions. Mood is being used, because the way Shakespeare describes this scene, it makes the reader feel what Shakespeare and Lady Macbeth feel. These are the words Shakespeare uses:"Since his majesty went into the field I have seen her rise from her bed, throw her nightgown upon her, unlock her closet, take forth paper, fold it, write upon't it, read it, afterwards seal it, and again return to bed; yet all this while in a most fast sleep"(5.1.4-9).

2. Dramatic Irony: At the beginning of the Shakespeare play, there are three witches that give Macbeth a set of three prophecies. One of them have already come true. The prophecies are that Macbeth will become Thane of Cawdor, Killing the king, and becoming King of Scotland. When Macbeth gets a few minutes to himself, he tells the audience this:"This supernatural soliciting cannot be ill; cannot be good. If ill, why hath it given me earnest of success, commencing in a truth? I am Thane of Cawdor"(1.3.151-154). Macbeth, soon after receiving the news, gets really confused and retreats to his room to be by himself to think. He's trying to separate good and evil and decide if fulfilling the rest of the prophecy(killing King Duncan) will make him a success or failure.

3. Tragedy: Towards the end of Act four of the play, Lady Macduff receives news that her husband fled from his wife and son and went to England. A messenger arrives later to urge Lady Macduff and her son to flee immediately. He warns her that her and her son will face a deadly cruelty. Lady Macduff refuses to give up and leave, still angry that her husband left her. Due to the messenger leaving and Lady Macduff and her son staying home, this happens:"He has killed me, mother. Run away, I pray you"(4.2.98-99)! Three murderer are sent by King Macbeth to murder Macduff's family due to betrayal. Everyone saw it coming, except for the victims.