Macbeth Summative

Wyatt Quest

Macbeth's downfall

Lady Macbeth is the one to blame for Macbeth’s downfall. When Macbeth first received the prophecy from the witches he was hesitant and didn’t want to follow through with the plan. Lady Macbeth convinces him to kill Duncan by telling him ”When you durst do it, then you were a man” (I. VII.). She is basically calling him a coward and a wimp if he doesn’t murder the king. Killing Duncan initially starts Macbeth’s bad luck and his short lived reign over Scotland. Lady Macbeth also lies to Macbeth saying “A little water clears us of this deed” (II. II.). Everyone knows that water will not wash away Duncan’s murder, and eventually Macbeth will be brought to justice after he is discovered. When Macbeth sees banquo’s ghost and goes crazy, Lady Macbeth tells the guests “Sit worthy friends. My lord is often thus, And hath been from his youth” (III. IV.). This proves that Lady Macbeth doesn’t want anyone to become suspicious of their crimes, and that she is the evil mastermind pulling this all together. She is using Macbeth to do the dirty work needed for her to be queen.

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Piece of Art Relating to Macbeth's downfall

The woman in this picture represents Lady Macbeth and the man represents Macbeth. The couple in this painting are acting serious and trying to keep a straight face just like the Macbeth's when they were trying to hide their murderous past and rid everyone of any suspicious thoughts about them. This happened when Lady Macbeth told the guests at the dinner party after Banquo's murder, "Sit, worthy friends. My lord is often thus, And hath been from his youth" (III. IV.). She was trying to protect herself and her husband from being associated with Banquo's murder if Macbeth would've accidentally revealed their secrets to the guests, by acting like his outburst was nothing to worry about. The pitchfork also represents the dagger that Macbeth used to kill King Duncan, only after being convinced by his wife to do so.

Movie Connection

I think Lady Macbeth is similar to Regina George, played by Rachel McAdams, in the movie Mean Girls. They both are master manipulators and can talk anyone into doing whatever they want. Lady Macbeth was able to persuade Macbeth into killing Duncan, and Regina George was able to control her "friends" into doing some pretty mean stuff like making a whole burn book making fun of the insecurities of other students at their school. They both only use others for their own personal gain and they don't care if they mess someones life up in the process.
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