The Tragedy Of Macbeth

Angel Patterson

Macbeth's Downfall

I believe that Macbeth's ambition is to blame for his downfall. Although he is responsible for his own actions, his mind has taken control of his body and is feeding off the idea of being king. The witches prophesy Macbeth and say that he will become Thane of Cawdor and King: "All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor! All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter" (Shakespeare 17-19). He doesn't think much of it at first. Nobody thinks the witches make any sense of anything. When the first part of the prophesy comes true, Macbeth starts to believe the witches and considers killing King Duncan for the rest of the witches prophesy: "The 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" (Shakespeare 23). I feel like at this point Macbeth is astonished and feels a boost of confidence. Macbeth feels as if his soul is ruined: "For them the gracious Duncan I have murdered; put rancors in the vessel of my peace" (Shakespeare 81).

Movie Connection: High School Musical 2

In this movie, Troy Bolton relates to Macbeth because both characters are driven by an idea of their futures. For Macbeth, the idea of being King and for Troy, the idea of getting a basketball scholarship. Both character's ambitions lead to the their self destruction.


I Gotta go My Own Way[ FULL MOVIE SCENE]- HSM2 (HQ)

Literary Term

Symbolism: one thing used to represent something of more meaning.

Example from Macbeth: Lady Macbeth has just read the letter from her husband and is now calling on her so called "evil powers" to help her and her husband murder King Duncan: "The raven himself is hoarse... Come my spirits that tend to my mortal thoughts..." (Shakespeare 35).

"The Raven" symbolizes evil and misfortune

The photo is an example of a symbol

Literary Term

Soliloquy: when a character speaks ones thoughts out loud regardless of an other hearers.

Macbeth has just been told the first portion of his prophesy and is astonished: Two truths are told, as happy prologues to the swelling act..." (Shakespeare 23).

Macbeth steps aside after he has been given the news that he is Thane of Cawdor.

Literary Term

Blank Verse: verse without rhyme.

Macbeth is not wanting to fight Macduff, for he has already killed to many members of his family: "All of men else I have avoided thee. But get thee back! My soul is too much charged with blood of thine already" (Shakespeare 179).

Novel Connection: Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

In the novel Emma Bovary relates to Macbeth because both characters are mentally ill and they both were responsible for their actions leading to their downfalls

After Emma gets out of one of her loans she tries to comprehend herself: "Madness was stealing over her... her horrible state of mind" (Flaubert 278).