The Tragedy of Macbeth

By : Molly Robinson

Who is to Blame For Macbeth's Downfall?

The only person truly responsible for Macbeth’s downfall is Lady Macbeth. She encouraged him murdering and wanted him to do bad things to become king and killing more and more so no one would know. In act 1 scene 7 when Macbeth begins thinking about how killing Duncan may not be right, Lady Macbeth questions his true manliness encouraging him that it is the right thing to do. “What beast was’t then that made you break this enterprise to me? When you durst it, then you were a man…” (Littell 43). In act 2 scene 2, after killing Duncan Macbeth is consumed with guilt and Lady Macbeth tells him to get over it and pull himself together, “My hands are of your colour, but I shame to wear a heart so white.” (Littell 59). In act 3 scene 4, Macbeth sees Banqou’s ghost and thinks about what comes around goes around, “It will have blood they say, blood will have blood…” (Littell 105). But Lady Macbeth tells him to stop worrying about it

LIterary Device #1 : Dramatic Irony

When Lady Macbeth finds out King Duncan is coming to her house so sweet and kind to him, "We poor and single business to contend against those honors deep and broad where with your your majesty loads our house" (39 Shakespeare). Lady Macbeth is being so nice and respectful to King Duncan, because she is planning his murder and she does not want to act hostile toward him and have him be suspicious about the Macbeths. This is an example of dramatic irony because shes being so pleasant to his face, however behind his back she is plotting his murder. The Macbeths stabbed him in the back.
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Literary Device #2 : Comic Relief

As tensions were high in scene 2 when Macbeth murdered the king. To break the tension in scene 3 gives comedic relief, "Lechery, sir, it provokes, and unprovokes: it provokes the desire, but takes away from the preformance," (61 Shakespeare). Porter is joking about alcohol. this is a light and funny moment between the tress in most of the play.

Literary Device #3 Symbolism

After Macbeth murders the king, he instantly feels very guilty about what he did, "Will the Great Neptune's ocean wash this blood clean from my hand? No. This my hand will rather the mulititudnous seas incarnadine, making the green one red," (57 Shakespeare). Macbeth is referring to blood on his hands. The blood is a symbol for guilt. Macbeth is talking about how he will never get rid of this guilt. He will always have to carry around guilt.

Option 5 Sonnet: Pressed With Love

While peer pressure influences Macbeth so much

It wasn't just the witches magical touch.


Little Macbeth was driven to kill

and ignore everything he did feel


In Macbeth's eyes, these acts are immorally wrong

but all Lady Macbeth wanted was power all along.

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Option 5 Sonnet: Pressed With Love

While peer pressure influences Macbeth so much

It wasn't just the witches magical touch.


Little Macbeth was driven to kill

and ignore everything he did feel


In Macbeth's eyes, these acts are immorally wrong

but all Lady Macbeth wanted was power all along.