Macbeth S'more

By Anna Spalding

Who's to blame

In Shakespeare's play Macbeth, Macbeth's relationship with Lady Macbeth is to blame for his downfall. When Lady Macbeth first reads of the prophecies the witches told Macbeth she explained what she would tell her kind husband, "That I may pour my spirits in thine ear And chastise with the valor of my tongue All that impedes thee from the golden round"(1.5.27-29). Lady Macbeth knows that her husband does not have the courage to do it and so she is going to use her relationship with him to help bring them both into power. Macbeth loves his wife and when he began to have doubts about killing the king, he turns to her to decide what to do. Instead of thinking for himself and going with what he knows he lets her persuade him to continue on their plan. In order to convince him to murder Duncan she questions his manhood by saying, "What beast was't then That made you break this enterprise to me? When you durst do it, then you were a man"(1.7.54-56). Macbeth in the beginning blindly follows what his wife tells him and once Lady Macbeth convinces him to kill Duncan, he loses sight of what is right and to satisfy his paranoia, he goes on a murdering rampage and orders the murder of his close friend, "It is concluded. Banqou, thy soul's flight, If it find heaven, must find it out tonight"(3.1.157-158).

Comic Relief

In the play Macbeth comic relief is used to give the audience a break from the seriousness of the performance. Macbeth has just killed the King when a drunken porter answers the door to let Lennox and Macduff in. The porter begins to talk to the men about the effects of alcohol. He says the three things it provokes are, "Marry, sir, nose-painting, sleep, and urine. Lechery, sir, it provokes and unprovokes: it provokes the desire but it takes away the performance"(2.3.27-29).


Shakespeare uses foreshadowing to show that there is still more tragedy to come. Macbeth has just ordered two men to kill Banquo and is talking to Lady Macbeth the terrible deed they have done. Macbeth tells Lady Macbeth that it is not over and says, "We have scotched the snake, not killed it"(3.2.15).

Tragic Hero

A tragic hero is brought down by one bad decision and in Macbeth, it is when Macbeth agrees to kill King Duncan. Macbeth shares his doubts about killing Duncan with Lady Macbeth, but she convinces him that the only way they'll get what they want is for them to kill Duncan. After speaking with his wife, Macbeth tells her, "I am settled and bend up Each corporal agent to this terrible feat"(1.7.92-93).
the run and go - twenty one pilots (lyrics)

Song Connection

Twenty One Pilots' song, "Run and Go" talks about having a close relationship with someone and doing what they say, but then getting to a point where the person takes it on themselves to take the next step. The song says, "Oh, I'm not the one you know, you know I have killed a man and all I know is I am on the run and go... You'll have to watch me struggle from several rooms away but tonight I'll need you to stay"(Twenty One Pilots, Run and Go). This song is a good representation of what happened after Macbeth killed Banqou because before this happened, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth had a close relationship and afterwards Macbeth doesn't tell her what he has done and they become very distant.

Movie Connection

The movie The Other Woman, Kate (played by Leslie Mann) resembles Macbeth because she trusts the person she loves and ends up with nothing. Kate quits her career to stay home and have a family with her husband. Kate's relationship with her husband blinds her from seeing what is really happening and doing what she wants to do. Her husband is cheating on her and she realizes that she gave up everything to be with him and just a Macbeth did, lost everything because of her relationship with him.
The Other Woman Official Trailer [HD]