Tragedy of Macbeth

by Coleton Cahill

Lady Macbeth Pushes Macbeth to his Downfall

Lady Macbeth pushes Macbeth to his downfall because she says that he is weak and ,"It is too full o' the milk of human kindness" (1,5,15-18); saying that he cannot kill Duncan because he is to nice. Lady Macbeth also says, "And to be more than what you were, you would be so much more the man"(1,7,57-58), trying to tell him that he would be even more of a man then when he said he would do it. Lady Macbeth told him that even she would do it because she would not go back on her word, "I would, while it was smiling in my face, have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums and dashed the brains out, had I so sworn as you have done to this" (1,7,64-67). I think Lady Macbeth lead him to his downfall because she was doing all these things trying to persuade him, saying that he is to weak and that he went back on his word saying that he would do it.

Literary Devices

" Your royal father's murdered" (2,3,113) The part in the book when Duncan was murdered is a tragedy because he was a very good king and everyone liked him ,so it was a tragedy that he was murdered. The book uses dynamic character because at the beginning Macbeth was a very brave character and loyal to his king ,and then ends up killing king Duncan to become king. Towards the end of the book he is drunk with power because he thinks hes invincible because the witches told him these prophecies. "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"(2,1,71-73). "The pow'r of man, for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth"(4,1,91-92). The book uses the literary device euphemism because in the book Lady Macbeth says he is not a man because he wont kill King Duncan, and that he is too much of a rule follower."It is too full o' the milk of human kindness" (1,5,15-18).
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Piece of Art

The piece of art of Lady Macbeth holding a dagger represents her being the downfall of Macbeth because its like she killed Duncan and not Macbeth. She drove Macbeth to kill Duncan, saying all these things to persuade him to kill Duncan, and it was kind of like she was controlling him. "And to be more than what you were, you would be so much more the man"(1,7,57-58), saying that he would be more of a man if he killed Duncan.

Character Analysis

Duncan is a good, honest, very respected King who rewards people for doing a good job to let you know that he is very thankful for what you done. Duncan expresses his gratitude to Macbeth, Banquo, Ross, and Angus for what they have done on the battlefield."Would thou hadst less deserved that the proportion both of thanks and payment might have been mine"(1,4,21-23). Macbeth says,"The service and the loyalty I owe, in doing it pays itself. Your highness' part is to receive our duties"(1,4,25-27). Duncan shows his gratitude to Banquo, "I have begun to plant thee and will labor to make thee full of growing. Noble Banquo, that hast no less deserved, nor must be known no less to have done so, let me unfold thee and hold thee to my heart"(1,4,32-36). I think Duncan was a good king because he wanted his men to know that they did a good job by rewarding them. When Duncan was killed it set the world of balance; unnatural events, including the strange darkness of the day and news that the king's horses have eaten each other.