The Cursed Play

by: Amanda Hogan

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Macbeth's Downfall

The main reason for Macbeth's downfall is Lady Macbeth and her desire for power. Lady Macbeth was the main reason Macbeth ended up killing Duncan. She eventually persuades her husband to murder the king to get to the throne. "To prickly the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself and it falls on the other....Art though a fearful to be the same in thine own act and Valor as thou art in desire?" - Macbeth & Lady Macbeth (1.7.26-29 & 44-45). Within this quote it discreetly shoes Lady Macbeth's desire for the throne. By convincing Macbeth to kill Duncan she basically secures the throne for herself. After she gets the throne it's all about keeping it secured. After convincing Macbeth to kill the king she feels he is to weak to carry out the duties of king. "Come you spirits, That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, And fill me, from the to the crown to the toe, top-full of direst cruelty!" -Lady Macbeth (1.5.47-49). Lady Macbeth is asking the spirits to make her a man instead of a woman so she can kill the men that stand in Macbeth way to the throne. She wants to be a man so she can take the crown for herself since Macbeth is too cowardly. Towards the end of the play Lady Macbeth is overtaken with guilt since she convinced Macbeth to kill the loyal king. Lady Macbeth decided to take matters in to her own hands. "What a sigh is there! The heart is sorely charged. I would not have such a heart in my bosom for the dignity of the whole body." -Doctor &Gentlewoman (5.1.52-54). In this quote the doctor is telling the gentlewoman that Lady Macbeth his deeply burdened. The Gentlewoman continues to say that she would not want the throne and the power that comes with it just to be queen. In conclusion Lady Macbeth took things way too far just for the power and the throne. Lady Macbeth should have let Macbeth be a coward and not make him murder Duncan.
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Throne room by: Mark Simonetti

This image show a woman like figure walking toward a throne of spikes. She is the only one in the room. I thought this was a good representation of Lady Macbeth wanting power and the throne. This also represents how power destroyed them both. " The attempt, and not the deed Confound us. Hark! I laid their daggers ready...." -Lady Macbeth (2.2.14-15). This quote is showing how Lady Macbeth would do anything for throne. She is the one that convinced Macbeth to murder Duncan even though Macbeth had doubts. Lady Macbeth eventually would kill her self from the guilt of killing king Duncan for power.

Macbeth Sonnet

The witches gave me my future, be true!

I shall murder because I want power.

It is a great question, should I follow through?

Our decision is not to cower.

Power is mine because the king is dead.

Duncan's sons shall die for they're next in line.

In fear for their lives Duncan's sons have fled.

Duncan's sons will haunt me; the throne is mine!

My wife is Lady Macbeth, she's crazy

Acting weird, the doctor had a bad hunch

She gets what she wants because she's not lazy

She kills herself for the guilt is too much

I will die a tragic death in the end.

Macduff is my killer, he keeps my head.