Macbeth's downfall

By: Morgan LIvengood

The Witches are to blame for Macbeth's downfall

The three witches are the reason to Macbeth’s downfall. First off, the witches tell Macbeth that he will become king, but he will only become king if he kills Duncan. Macbeth wanted to be king so bad, so he did as the Witches said. He killed Duncan. “I go, and it is done. The bell invites me. Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knell That summons thee to heaven, or to hell (Act II Scene I). Macbeth on his own, probably wouldn’t have even thought about killing the king to claim the throne, but the witches out it in his mind that he would become king. So wanted to be king so badly that he killed his own friend to take the crown. Macbeth started to get worried that someone would find out that he killed Duncan or that he would be overthrown, so he goes back to the witches for advice. Three apparitions showed up, the second prophesy told Macbeth that no man born from a women could defeat him “The prow’r of man, for none of women born shall harm Macbeth” (Act IV scene !). Everyone is born from a women so Macbeth is feeling pretty confident, and he doesn't worry as much. Remember how the prophesy said no man born from a women can kill Macbeth?? Well.. “The still-proud Macbeth tells his enemy that no man born of a women can defeat him, only to learn that Macduff was ripped from his mother’s womb, thus not born naturally” (Act V Scene VIII). Macduff wasn’t born naturally, therefore he is able to kill Macbeth, which he does and when he returns he has Macbeth’s bloody head in his hand.

Movie Connection

I’m connecting Macbeth to the television show The Walking dead. I’m comparing Macduff to The Governor. At the end of The book Macbeth, Macduff walks in with Macbeths bloody head. Macduff had cut off Macbeth’s head. The witches told Macbeth that no man born from a women could defeat him, so he agreed to fight Macduff. Only to find out that Macduff was not born “naturally” he had a c-section. Therefor, Macduff defeated Macbeth. In the Walking Dead Season 4 Mid-season finale, The Governor had kidnapped Herschel and Michonne. Then he took Michonne’s katana and he swong the sword and it hit Herschel in the neck. People started firing guns and the governor moved out of the way, and later he came a few scenes later and cut Herschels head off completely. The Governor killed Herschel as revenge for Rick’s group killing his zombie daughter. (He kept her because he thought there would be a cure and she was the only family he had left. Also, in Macbeth, Macbeth had men sent to kill Macduff’s wife and sons, so I mean he kind of killed Macbeth out of revenge. So in both Macbeth and in The Walking Dead, Someone was decapitated due to revenge.

Literary Devices

One of the literary devices in Macbeth is tragedy. Towards the end of Macbeth, Macduff had received news that his family had been killed by Macbeth’s murderers. That makes him really upset, because know he has no family to come home to. “ Murderer: What, you egg? (stabbing him.) Young fry of treachery! Son: He has killed me, mother. Run away, I pray you! (Dies) “ (Act IV, Scene II)

Another literary device in Macbeth is Dynamic Character. Lady Macbeth changes during the story. At the beginning of the book, she was sane and she wanted power so she convinced Macbeth to kill Duncan. But towards the end of the book, Lady Macbeth starts to lose it and she went crazy and she started sleep walking. ¨A sleepwalking Lady Macbeth is observed by a concerned attendant, or gentlewoman, and a doctor. Lady Macbeth appears to be washing imagined blood from her hands" (Act V, Scene IV). She is continually trying to wash the blood off of her hands for she feels quilty for Duncan´s death. She went insane because of it.

Another literary device is Imagery. "The rebels and English forces have met in BIrnam Wood Malcolm orders each soldiers to cut tree branches to camouflage himself. In this way Birnam Wood will march upon Dunsinane" (Act V Scene IV). I can clearly picture in my mind them cutting down the branches and using them as camouflage. That puts a clear image in my mind.

Song connection

In the movie the lion king, the little lion started to sing a song, about him going to become king. The lyrics "I just can't wait to be king" were sung. The lion wanted to be king so badly but he had to wait until he was older to be king. In the Novel, Macbeth, he wanted to be king so badly, but he wasn't next in line. So he visited the witches and they told him that he would become king, but only if he killed the current king. It got stuck in his head that he would become king, So he did what the witches said, and he killed the current king. And since Duncan's sons fled, Macbeth became king. The Lion King relates to Macbeth because they both wanted to be king so badly and they both eventually became king, some didn't have to wait as long as others, but ya know.