Macbeth, the False Flower

Becca Bessette

Cursed, Fate, or His Own Free Will?

Who is to blame for the downfall of Macbeth? Many believe it was peer pressure, others believe it was his own ambition, but truly it was not caused by one thing alone. Although Macbeth's downfall began because of the peer pressure of Lady Macbeth, it slowly turned to his own insecurity and resulted in being his arrogance. When Macbeth has persuaded himself not to murder Duncan, Lady Macbeth pressures him by telling him "Wouldst thou have that Which thou esteem’st the ornament of life, And live a coward in thine own esteem, Letting 'I dare not' wait upon 'I would,'..." (Shakespeare Act 1 Scene 7)? Through calling Macbeth a coward and chicken, she convinces him to "man up" and kill for what is his. As the play continues Macbeth becomes hesitant and self-conscious about his actions. He is worried Banquo knows what he has done, Macbeth says "To be thus is nothing, But to be safely thus. Our fears in Banquo" (Shakespeare Act 3 Scene 1). Macbeth's inhibitions caused him to murder his closest friend, Banquo. Soon after, greed entirely overcomes him and what was once insecurity becomes conceit. Macbeth convinced himself he was practically immortal "I bear a charmed life, which must not yield To one of woman born" (Act 5 Scene 8). Macbeth's over confidence lead him to a battle of his death. Overtime, Macbeth's arrogance was the cause of his own demise, but was started by the pressure from Lady Macbeth and turned to his own insecurity. Each of these things were once his strength, but turned against him and became his demise.

Shakespeare, a True Playwright

Macbeth, the Fly?

Aesop's Fable: The Flies and the Honey-Pot

A number of flies were attracted to a jar of honey which had been

overturned in a housekeeper's room, and placing their feet in it, ate

greedily. Their feet, however, became so smeared with the honey that

they could not use their wings, nor release themselves, and were

suffocated.

In Shakespeare's play, Macbeth, Macbeth is likened to the flies in the fable of the Flies and the Honey-Pot. In this fable the flies are so overpowered with greed that they are blind to the long term effect of their actions. Likewise Macbeth becomes ignorant to the effects of his own actions because he has been overwhelmed with greed. Macbeth's greed leads him to believe he is immortal and he can “Laugh to scorn The power of man, for none of woman born Shall harm Macbeth” (Shakespeare Act 4 Scene 1). Although this may be true, his greed has left his mind closed to the possibility of someone who was C sectioned, who could kill him. When faced against Macduff who "was from his mother’s womb Untimely ripped" (Act 5 Scene 8). Macduff then proceeded to kill the unprepared Macbeth.

Macbeth's Evolution

He once was a courageous worthy man

Who bowed willingly before his king's throne

His wife then created a master plan

That which came at the cost of blood and bone


He traveled much further into despair

He thought his own friend was an evil threat

Full of fear he killed Banquo with no cares

The murder did not make Macbeth upset


He carried on doing his evil deeds

Singing happily of murder and woe

Completely overcome by his own greed

Happiness he would never again know


Macbeth was the cause of his own demise

He realized this when he closed his eyes

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