Gullibility Causes Downfall

  1. "Macbeth.[Aside] Glamis, and Thane of Cawdor! The greatest is behind.--[To Ross and Angus] Thanks for your pains. [Aside to Banquo] Do you not hope your children shall be kings, when those that gave me Thane of Cawdor to me promised no less to them?"(1.3.133-139). After finding our about the witches prophecies, two our of the 3 prophecies came true. This makes Macbeth believe these prophecies are true. Thus, making him willingly to do anything to be king.
  2. "Great Glamis! Worthy Cawdor! Greater than both, by the all-hail hereafter! Thy letters have transported me beyond this ignorant present, and I feel now the future in the instant"(1.5.61-65). After reading the letter from Macbeth about the prophecies, she was excited about the prophecies. That's why she was chanting the prophecies. She was easily believed these prophecies just like her husband Macbeth.
  3. "Rebellious dead rise never till the Wood Of Birnam rise, and our high-placed Macbeth shall live the lease of nature, pay his breath to time and mortal custom"(4.1.112-115). After hearing the three apparitions, Macbeth was confident nobody could dethrone him. He was easily persuaded by the three apparitions about his destiny;however, this is not what the witches wanted. They should not be believed. If Macbeth took the time to actually think about this outcome then the ending of the play might have been different.

Macbeth Devices

  1. Paradox - "Lesser than Macbeth and greater" (1.3.72). The witches were giving Macbeth and Banquo their prophecies. The witches gave the prophecies in the form of riddles. So in this paradox, it sets up the confusion of the riddles that entice Macbeth.
  2. Allusion - "Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood clean from my hand" (2.2.81-82). Macbeth had just killed King Duncan and was going crazy with guilt. Lady Macbeth was trying to calm him down and reassure him. This allusion helps the reader connect more with the play by knowing how much guilt Macbeth felt inside.
  3. Soliloquy - "Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, creeps in this petty pace from day to day. To the last syllable of recorded in tine; and all over yesterdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death" (5.5.17-28). Macbeth just learned that his wife killed herself. He wished she died later and wanted his life to end as well. This soliloquy expresses his inner sadness and is very important because it shows he's finally learned that he is ultimately defeated.

21 Guns by Greenday

"Do you know what's worth fighting for

When its not worth dying for

Does it take your breath away

And you feel yourself suffocating

Does the pain weigh out the pride

And you look for a place to hide

Did someone break your heart inside

You're in ruins....

When you're at the end of the road

And you lost all sense of control

And your mind breaks the spirit of your soul

And your thoughts have taken their toll"(Greenday).

The song 21 guns by Greenday accurately represents Macbeth's downfall. In the song the lyrics talk about fighting for something that is not worth dying for; in the play Macbeth he is always fighting for the prophecies to be true. Such as fighting Malcolm's army so Banquo's son won't be king. In the song is says when the pain weighs out the pride, and in Macbeth when his wife died, he finally realized that being king was not as appealing as it sounds as it once did. Then, the song talks about when you are at the end of the road, just like in Macbeth when he heard the news that Birnam woods seemed to be moving, he new he was defeated. Macbeth did not want to face defeat so he fought until the end, his mind, just as it says in the song, finally broke the spirit of his soul.

Summary Sonnet

Macbeth a noble soldier of the king

fought with Banquo against foe of the king

Some witches appear and gave them prophecies

Macbeth and Banquo had some inquiries

Soon two of the prophecies then came true

Macbeth killed King Duncan and became blue

Macbeth kills Banquo so he could't talk

Macbeth goes to the three witches to talk

Macduff went to help Malcolm in England

Lady Macbeth's doctors are very very stunned

Macbeth learns that the witches was tricking

Macduff was wanting to start fighting

Macbeth didn't want to face shame in the fight

Macbeth's head on a spike was very all right

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