Macbeth's Downfall

Daniel Patti

It's the Witches Fault

The Three Witches are definitely to blame for Macbeth's Ultimate Demise. First, the witches make him feel Invincible by telling him "none of woman born Shall harm Macbeth"(Shakespeare Act 4, Scene 1) and "'Fear not, till Birnam Wood Do come to Dunsinane!'" (Shakespeare Act 5, Scene 5) thus, in my opinion, giving him false confidence. Then he discovers that "Macduff was from mother's womb Untimely ripped" (Shakespeare Act 5, Scene 8) so technically he wasn't "born" of woman, he was cut out of a woman.

Literary Devices

Foreshadowing: "Macbeth, that shalt be King hereafter!" (Shakespeare Act 1, Scene 3). This is foreshadowing because Macbeth later kills the king so that he may become king.


Comic Relief:"Knock, knock, knock! Who’s there, i' th' name of Beelzebub? Here’s a farmer that hanged himself on the expectation of plenty. Come in time, have napkins enough about you, here you’ll sweat for ’t" (Shakespeare Act 2, Scene 3). This is Comic Relief because the Porter is talking about how everyone nowadays is doing bad things that send them to hell right after the scene where Macbeth killed Duncan.

Verbal Irony: "Here we now our country's honor roofed, Were the graced person of our Banquo present, Who may I rather challenge for unkindness Than pity for mischance" (Shakespeare Act 3, Scene 4). This is Verbal Irony because he says he hopes nothing bad has happened to Banquo, even though he had already sent murderers out to kill Banquo and his son Fleance.

Movie Connection

The movie that I found that resembles Macbeth is called Throne of Blood. The "Macbeth" of this movie is Taketoki Washizu played by Toshiro Mifune. This movies is about a samari warrior who meets a spirit that predicts his future and he becomes determined to make it come true.
Throne Of Blood | 1957 | Official Trailer | Akira Kurosawa | Toshirô Mifune | Criterion Collection

Piece of Art

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The 3 Skeletons represent the witches, the floating orb represents Macbeth, and the Lightning represents the prophecies that the witches told Macbeth like when they said "Macbeth, that shalt be King hereafter!" (Shakespeare Act 1, Scene 3). This said that Macbeth would become King, which he did.