The Tragedy of Macbeth

William Shakespeare

Reason for Macbeth's Downfall

Macbeth's own ignorance was his downfall. He believed that because the three weird sisters foretold three things; the first was "All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!" (Act 1, Scene 3, Page 3). Because the weird sisters said this to him, Macbeth came to the conclusion that he must kill the king in order to rule Scotland. If only he had waited for the king to decide a successor, maybe then he would have become king without the overwhelming guilt he felt from murdering the king. The second was "Macbeth shall never vanquished be until Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill Shall come against him." (Act 4, Scene 1, Page 5). Because they said this, Macbeth believed he was invincible so he was overconfident and unprepared when the enemy came into the castle. The third thing was "... for none of woman born Shall harm Macbeth."(Act 4, Scene 1, Page 4). This meant that any man born of a woman normally, as in without a c section, would not be able to harm him.
The Lion King - Scar kills Mufasa

Movie Similar to the Play

The movie "The Lion King" is similar to the play because Scar murders Mufasa to become king.
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The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters

Francisco Goya


In this picture, Goya imagines himself asleep amidst his drawing tools, his reason dulled by slumber and bedeviled by creatures that prowl in the dark. The work includes owls that may be symbols of folly and bats symbolising ignorance.