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There are a lot for different opinions out there about who is to be blamed for Macbeth's downfall. My opinion is that the influences of the witches and lady Macbeth were not the cause. Macbeth himself caused his downfall. His wicked and selfish ambitions. Macbeth hints throughout the whole play of things to come "come what come may, time and the hour runs through the roughest day"(Shakespeare 25). He means by this is that the future will arrive no matter what. Macbeth is scared that he could get caught, "...but teach bloody instructions, which, being taught, return to plague the inventor"(Shakespeare 41). At the end of the conversation with Lady Macbeth, she convinces him to kill the king, "I am settled and bend up each corporal agent to this terrible feat. Away,and mock the time with fairest show ; false face must hide what the false heart doth know"(Shakespeare 45). He gets rid of the doubt he once had and goes for the gold as I imagine he would say.

Literary Devices

Macbeth, as everybody would guess, is a tragic hero. This means that a literary character who makes an error in judgement that ultimately leads to their demise/destruction. He becomes a tragic hero when he decides to kill King Duncan, " Whiles I threat, he lives; Words to the heat of deeds too cold breath gives"(Shakespeare 51). The witches use a paradox when they talk amongst themselves and foreshadow what is to happen to Macbeth in the future, "Fair is foul and foul is fair"(Shakespeare 7). Lennox uses several verbal irony,to say something and mean the opposite, when talking to a unknown lord, "…The gracious Duncan Was pitied of Macbeth: marry: he was dead!"(Shakespeare 111). Lennox finds it funny that Macbeth feels so sorry for Duncan, who was dead already, and whom we know (and Lennox knows) that Macbeth had killed him.
The Offspring - You're Gonna Go Far, Kid (Lyrics)

You're gonna go far, kid

The song best fit macbeth because he was a very ambitious character throughout the story and the lyrics in the song tell you how he really got to where he was, by betraying others and telling lies.
Bring Me The Horizon - Sleepwalking lyrics

A little extra thing over Lady Macbeth

I found this song that represent her perfectly and i could help but want to share it with you. in the beginning Lady Macbeth is cold hearted but by the end of the story she becomes filled with guilt and eventually she goes crazy, leading her to commit suicide.
Disney's Hercules - Official Movie Trailer - 1997

Hercules VS. Macbeth

Hades is the character that is like Macbeth in the movie Hercules.

  1. Both have fates or weird sisters that predict the future in cryptic poems
  2. They both like the way their future is looking until some horrible thing ruins the whole moment. In Macbeth's case "Your heir will not rule the throne" and in Hades case "you are most likely going to screw up if this person fights".
  3. Also in both the movie and play there is a recurring theme that no one person can control their own fate. In Macbeth, Macbeth changes his fate by killing by killing King Duncan, then he kills Banquo before he becomes king changing both their fates. In Hercules, Hades tries to kill Hercules to change his fate. When he fails he tries a different way by taking Hercules power for a day promising not to hurt his friends. In the end hades is killed like macbeth because they fail again.