Macbeth by: Wiliam Shakespeare

Lia Knippa

Who fault was Macbeth's madness?

The person to blame for Macbeth’s downfall is the three witches. They told Macbeth he was untouchable and gave him false hope. In Act 1 Scene 3 the third witch says, “All hail, Macbeth, that shall be king hereafter!” (I.III.LVII-LVIII). This shows that they are making Macbeth believe he will be king and giving him ambition. The second apparition in Act 4 Scene 1, “The pow’r of man, for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth” (IV.I.XCI-XCII). This also give Macbeth ambition by making him think he will be unstoppable. The witches have also put in Macbeth’s mind that he should do whatever he can to be king making him see things. “Is this a dagger which I see before me, the handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee” (II.I.XLII-XLIII). This proves that the witches messed with Macbeth’s head and lured him to the king's room with a dagger.I feel that Lady Macbeth did take a strong part in the madness of Macbeth, but not as much as the witches did. If the witches didn’t tell Macbeth about him being cawdor, king, and untouchable he wouldn’t have gotten all these ideas for murder and domination.

Literary Devices in Shakespeare's Macbeth

The first literary device i found is a paradox. In act 1 scene 1 the witches say, "Fair is foul and foul is fair" (I.I.XII). A paradox is when a situation contradicts itself. Another literary device in Macbeth is tragedy. Macduff's son has been killed by the murderers when he says, "He has killed me, mother. Run away, I pray you! [Dies.]" (IV.II.XCVIII-XCIX). A tragedy is sad moment in the play. The last literary device I have found is soliloquy. Macbeth says, "Is this a dagger in which I see before me, the handle toward my hand?" (II.I.XLII-XLIII). A soliloquy is when a character has a monologue with the audience.
Eminem - The Monster ft. Rihanna lyrics

Monster by: Rhianna and Eminem

This song shows how Macbeth just wanted power. In Eminem's first verse he says, "He wanted the fame, but not the cover of the news week" (Eminem). This connects to the way Macbeth wanted the power, but he did not think that everybody would start to realize he was the one killing people and going crazy. Another connection from this song to Macbeth is the fact that Macbeth was just believing the witches and trying to prove himself just like in these lyrics, "I'm just relaying what the voice in my head keep saying, don't shoot the messenger" (Eminem). All Macbeth was doing was believing what Lady Macbeth and the witches were saying to him and perusing it.

Lion King

Scar (Jeremy Irons), is a lion who just wants to be king of Pride Rock, but his brother Mufasa gets in the way by being older and chosen. Scar kills Mufasa when Simba is young, so that he could be king. In Scar´s song ¨Be Prepared¨ he yells at the hyenas, ¨Be prepared...for the death of the king...there will be a king! I will be king! Stick with me and you'll never go hungry again¨ (Irons). In the song Scar is planning to kill the king and get rid of Simba similarly to when Macbeth kills Duncan so that he can be King of Scotland.