The Tragedy of Macbeth

by: mallory levens

Who is responsible for MacBeth's downfall.

The only person that could be fully responsible for the down fall of Macbeth is Lady Macbeth. Without Lady Macbeth around, Macbeth may have not been as influenced to murder some of the people he did and make him have so much to hide inside. In act 1, scene 7 when Macbeth doubts his actions on wanting to kill King Duncan, Lady Macbeth then tries to challenge Macbeth by questioning his man hood by saying its the right to do. " What beast was't then that made you breathes enterprise to me? When you durst it, then you were a man..." (Shakespere 43). In act 2 scene 2, after killing Duncan, Macbeth can seem to have anything but guilt, and Lady Macbeth thinks he's overreacting and that he needs to get over it. 'My hands are of you color, but I shame to wear a heart so white" (Shakespere 59). In act 3 scene 4, Macbeth see's Banquo's ghost and thinks about what comes around goes around, "It will have blood they say, blood will have blood..." (Shakespere 105). But With all and all, Lady Macbeth assures I'm it'll be okay an theres nothing to worry about but in reality there a lot to worry about and most of the things have to be because of her.

Comedic Relief

In scene 2, there was high tension with the recent murder of King Duncan, for the author didn't wan this trend to continue, in scene 3 it changes. "Lechery, sir, it provokes, and unprovokes: it provokes the desire, but takes away from the performance," (Shakespeare 61). Porter tries to joke in a light casual way, relieving stress that happens through the entire play.
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Dramatic Irony

The dramatic Irony that I found in Macbeth was when Lady Macbeth was so kind and welcomed King Duncan in so easily when it was just a random unplanned visit. This is an example of dramatic irony because of the way Lady Macbeth acted towards King Duncan. She was deceptively generous to the Duncan, knowing Macbeth was planning to kill him sometime the next day: "All our service In every point twice done, and then done double, Were poor and single business to contend Against those honors deep and broad where with Your Majesty loads our house" (Shakespere 39). Lady Macbeth is claiming that nothing can match the generosity of Duncan. She is trying to get on good intention's with Duncan so there doings would be less suspicious.
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The blood on Macbeth's hands were a symbol of guilt after killing Duncan. Lady Macbeth says that washing the blood off his hands "clears us of this deed" (shakespere59). Lady Macbeth is trying to say that if the blood is out of sight, the wrongful deed will be out of mind. At this point in the story, Lady Macbeth is afraid of Macbeth crumpling under all the guilt. So, she thought that if the blood was off his hands, he would not think of the murder as much and feel less guilty.

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Song connection

In the song, "Stronger" by Brittney Spears it says "I've had enough

I'm not your property as from today, baby
You might think that I won't make it on my own
But now I'm Stronger, than yesterday" (Spears). I've made this connection because in Macbeth because in Macbeth, Macbeth realizes that he is better off without Lady Macbeth and without her he wouldn't have so much guilt and he'd feel cleansed. Without Lady Macbeth Macbeth may have not killed Duncan without her pressuring because the prophesy he was told by The Witches never said he had to kill Kibg Duncan to be king but he did under the influence of Lady Macbeth.

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