The Destruction of a Hero

By: Nia Phillips

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The Culprit of Macbeth's Downfall

Lady Macbeth was the cause of the horrible downfall of Macbeth. Lady Macbeth talked him into doing everything he did, which destroyed Macbeth in the end. Once she heard about the prophecies that her husband would become king, she knew that she had to do something. Lady Macbeth knew that in order for her husband to become king, Duncan had to go. She had to talk Macbeth into killing Duncan, a king everyone loved. Macbeth wasn't too sure about killing anyone. Then Lady Macbeth came along to do anything possible to get her way. First, she tried to show him all that they could have if he killed the king. Then, she made fun of him and said that he was less of a man for not wanting to kill the king. Lastly, she said that if she was in his position, she would kill Duncan. Of course, after convincing Macbeth to kill Duncan, Macbeth couldn't believe what he had done and started to lose his mind. He started to trust no one. With the power of the throne in his eyes, he killed servants, friends, and his friends' families. This lead to his destruction. After everything had been done, Lady Macbeth's guilt ate her alive and she killed herself. With his wife gone, and having killed innocent people, others couldn't stand to watch him live, so they killed Macbeth. This was all caused by the greed of both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. However, maybe if Lady Macbeth was smart, she would have told Macbeth that killing wasn't the answer and that if he was supposed to be king, then he would be. So, if she would have been that type of wife, both of them probably wouldn't have died.


" That I may pour my spirits in thine ear and chastise with the valoor of my tongue all that impedes thee in the golden round, which fate and metaphysical aid doth seem to have thee crowned withal" ( 1.5 28-33 ). Lady Macbeth wanted her way and she wouldn't stop until got it. Lady Macbeth made it pretty obvious that she would nag and talk until Macbeth said yes. She wanted Macbeth to see all that they could have and how it would benefit them both.

"I'll go no more. I am afraid to think what I have done; Look on't again I dare not" ( 2.2 70-71 ). Once Lady Macbeth convinced Macbeth to kill King Duncan, he started to regret the whole thing. Macbeth was very overwhelmed and couldn't believe what he'd done. He couldn't even look at Duncan. This lead to his destruction because of his murderous act on Duncan.

"Before my body I throw my warlike shield. Lay on, Macduff, and damned be him that first cries "Hold, enough!'" ( 5.8 37-39 ). Macbeth's guilt and greed tore him apart. He killed people's families and they weren't going to sit back and watch him be king. A particular person named Macduff had a problem with Macbeth and set out to kill him. Macbeth was so arrogant that at first he believed that he could not be killed, but deep down he knew that he was going to die because of his previous actions. Macbeth refused to surrender to Macduff and wanted to fight to the death. Remember, this was all caused by the persuasion of Lady Macbeth to kill Duncan and then everything else spiraled off of that.

Who really is Lady Macbeth?

Lady Macbeth was a very smart character when it came to getting what she wanted. She had a way of talking people into doing things. When her husband told hold her that he would become king, all she saw was that, and everything that came with it. When she saw what she could have, she became heartless and didn't care about anyone but herself. As she only saw the priority, she didn't realize what the consequences could be. So, when her husband did kill Duncan the king, guilt started to eat at her, showing that she did have a heart. The guilt was too hard for her to handle and she ended up killing herself.
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Look into Lady Macbeth's mind

"Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be what thou art promised. Yet do I fear thy nature; it is too o' th' milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way" ( 1.5 15-20 ). Lady Macbeth thought that Macbeth was not brave enough to do the things that needed to be done. Basically, she thought he wouldn't kill Duncan because he had too much of a heart. This was a huge concern for her because all she saw was the throne and what came with it. Macbeth being afraid was definitely a problem.

"...I have given suck, and know how tender tis' to love the babe that milks me. 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 62-67 ). Again, she thought Macbeth was being a coward. Lady Macbeth was telling him that she would have no problem killing her baby, so he should have no problem killing Duncan. Only seeing what she wants, she did not see what the consequences were and the fact that Duncan had done nothing to them for him to be killed, but Macbeth did see those things.

"What need we fear who knows it, when none call our pow'r to accompt? Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him" ( 5.1 37-39 ). Realizing that she had a conscience, she started to feel bad about killing Duncan. Lady Macbeth felt like it wasn't anything personal, just business. She wasn't trying to hurt anyone. She just simply wanted power. Lady Macbeth did not know she was going to feel this way. Her guilt was driving her crazy and she couldn't escape it.

Movie Connection

Fatal Attraction

The character that acted like Lady Macbeth was Alex Forrest and the actress who played her was Glenn Close.

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The movie relates to Macbeth because character Dan Gallagher, who is like Macbeth, got his life ruined by Alex Forrest. Dan got his world turned upside down when he met Alex and had a one night stand with her. The thing is, Alex wanted more than just that. She manipulated and threatened his family. Dan was married and his wife found out. Of course she was upset that he slept with Alex, but she was more upset that he put him, her, and their child in danger. This was all caused by the simple mistake Dan made with Alex. This was like Macbeth because Lady Macbeth manipulated him and talked him into killing Duncan, which ruined his life.