The Scottish Play

Chloe Alleman

The Downfall of Macbeth

Although many people believe that the witches’ prophecies were responsible for Macbeth’s downfall, Lady Macbeth was the main cause. Lady Macbeth encouraged Macbeth to kill Duncan and insulted him, implying that he wasn’t a man. In the beginning, the witches’ prophecies made Macbeth think about being crowned as king and Thane of Cawdor and thinking of the easiest ways to become ruler of Scotland. Lady Macbeth was really worried about becoming Queen and wanted her husband to murder Duncan but thought he wasn’t able to: “Yet do I fear thy nature It is too full o’ the milk of human kindness To catch the nearest way” (Act I, Scene 5). She is saying that her husband is too good to seize the throne by murder. When Macbeth told his wife that he didn’t want to kill King Duncan, she insulted him until he gave in to her plan: “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, ‘ Like the poor cat i' th' adage?” (Act I, Scene 7). Lady Macbeth calls her husband a coward because he changed his mind about killing the King. He wanted no part in the King’s murder, for he was an excellent King that the citizens adored. After Macbeth finally agreed to go through with the plan, after being called unmanly and a coward, he described Duncan’s condition by saying, “This is a sorry sight” (Act II, Scene 2). His replied with, “A foolish thought, to say a sorry sight” (Act II, Scene 2). Lady Macbeth continues to put her husband down when he has any type of kindness or sympathy towards someone. For these reasons, Lady Macbeth is the main cause of Macbeth’s downfall.


DJ Snake & AlunaGeorge - You Know You Like It

Song Connection to "You Know You Like It" by DJ Snake & AlunaGeorge

“I just won’t lay, letting my life get away” (DJ Snake and AlunaGeorge). These lyrics show that AlunaGeorge doesn’t want to just sit there and do nothing, watching her opportunities slip away. This relates to Macbeth because Lady Macbeth wanted to be Queen so much that she basically forced her husband into murdering King Duncan. “You know you like it but it drives you insane You know you like it but you’re scared of the shame” (DJ Snake and AlunaGeorge). These lyrics relate to Macbeth because the Macbeths like the power that comes with being royal, but they both went crazy because of it. Also, they don't want anyone to know of their murders, for they would be shamed by everyone in Scotland.

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Puppet Show by Cathy Locke

This painting relates to the play Macbeth because the little boy is similar to Lady Macbeth, and the puppets are similar to Macbeth. The boy is controlling the puppets in the painting just like Lady Macbeth "controls" Macbeth in the play. The boy uses his hands and the strings to move the puppets and make them do what he wants. Lady Macbeth uses her words to control her husband: "Wouldst thou have that Which thou esteem'st the ornament of life, And live a coward in thine own esteem" (Act I, Scene 7). When Lady Macbeth says this, her husband feels inferior, like he has to prove himself to his wife, so he kills Duncan. In this sequence of events, Lady Macbeth gets what she wants by insulting her husband.