Madness of Macbeth

By: Isabelle Burton

Who is to blame?

The witches are to blame for the madness of Macbeth. They are the ones who put the idea of being king into macbeth's head. If the witches had not spoken to Macbeth, Duncan would be alive, Macbeth would be Thane of Glamis, and Macbeth would be happy with his life.

Because the witches told Macbeth prophecies, they planted a seed into his mind. The thoughts kept growing inside of Macbeth's head. When the begging of the prophecy came true, Macbeth assumed the others would come true. He was the only one that could make them come true for himself. The witches had no reason to meddle with other people's live and the way they did lead to many deaths.

If the witches had not chosen to cause trouble then the death of beloved king Duncan would have been avoided entirely. Macbeth only murdured king Duncan because he thought it was destiny or fate but the real reason Duncan was murderd was because the witches wanted trouble. They are also the cause of Macbeth's insanity. The witches are the only thing that drives Macbeth insane. They imeadiatly give is a false sense of security.

The witches give Macbeth a false sense of security that leads to his own defeat

The witches give Macbeth a false sense of security when they lull him into believing what they say is true, when in fact it is. The last prophecy they make states that nobody born of a woman will be able to harm him and that he will never be vanquished until wood moves. Macbeth's confidence skyrockets but, little does he know that his old pal Macduff was not born of a woman. His mother had what is called today a C-section therefore, making him not born of a woman. Also, the invading army disquises itself as bushes upon the attack. The witches manipulated Macbeth for their own pleasure and ammusement.

The witches begin Macbeth's troubles

Double, double toil and trouble,

Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

When the witches say this chant they give off to feeling of being up to no good.


When the hurly burly's done,

When the battle is lost and won.

The witches knew what the consequence would be in turn of their actions. They decided to do it anyway despite the knowledge of the trouble it would cause.


Show his eyes,and grieve his heart;

come like shadows, so depart!

When the witches talk about grieving Macbeth's heart they want him to feel sad and guilty for his actions when in turn they caused the mess. As they talk about coming like shadows and departing it symbolizes them being dark and disappearing.

Holding onto you

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ktBMxkLUIwY

"Holding onto you" by Twenty-One Pilots describes how the witches are "holding on" to Macbeth. The lyric where he says "This ain't a noose this is a leash and from now on you must obey me" describes how the witches pull Macbeth around like he has a leash on and how the leash is a noose shows how when they pull him around it is slowly killing him.