Macbeth's Downward Spiral

The Story of Macbeth

Lady Macbeth's Desire for Power

Ever since the first of the three prophecies professed Macbeth would become Thane of Cawdor, Lady Macbeth cannot hide her desire for more power in the kingdom. Even though Macbeth was a loyal and great general of the King, Lady Macbeth requested he do much more for power. She claims that Duncan, "...never shall sun that morrow see" demanding and hoping he doesn't live through the night (1.5.71). Macbeth was surprised by her demands, but ultimately agrees with the plan. The closer the feast comes, Macbeth, finally thinking for himself, begins to believe the plan is an awful idea. Lady Macbeth was very frustrated with his words asking Macbeth "Was the hope drunk wherein you dressed yourself? Hath it slept since?...From this time such I account thy love" (1.7.40-45). To make him feel guilty, she is saying every time he says that he loves her, she will no longer believe him since he lied about going through with killing the king. Lady Macbeth says he will " a coward..." just like "...the poor cat i'd the adage..." too afraid to take chances because of the circumstances (1.7.48-50). Macbeth, now feeling worthless, so to prove himself a man, he carries out the plan, but is so flustered he brings the dagger with him. Though Macbeth did what Lady Macbeth demanded to do, she has "...shame to wear a heart so white" and hopes she is not reduced to how cowardly he has acted (2.2.85-86). Lady Macbeth gets what she wants, and the power she wants by insulting Macbeth until he does what she wants him to do just prove his worth, thus leading to him killing Banquo, and leading to his downfall.
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Macbeth's Scream

This famous art piece, "The Scream", was painted by Edvard Munch in 1893. He painted this piece after the photographic era, where painters began painting more realistic photos to show off their technical skills. "The Scream" was also painted right before the expressionist era, where painters painted to show their inner feelings and many paintings were often a representation of mental illness. It was painted to express Munch's life long struggle with anxiety and insanity. This photo represents Macbeth's downfall because after Lady Macbeth died he believed that his "Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more" (5.5.26-28). After Lady Macbeth died he believed there was no point to his life anymore, much like what "The Scream" represents.
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Is Amy Dunne Lady Macbeth?

Much like in the story of Macbeth, the movie "Gone Girl" shares many characteristics. In "Gone Girl" Amy Dunne is married to Nick Dunne, and she is a compulsive liar, as well as very manipulative over her husband, which causes him to go crazy. She stages her own kidnapping and runs away, while she is away, her husband learns much more about her and he is convinced she staged her kidnapping. Even though nobody believes him, he refuses to believe it was someone else. When she comes back, he wants a divorce. She manipulates him into staying with her because she is pregnant with his child, so he is forced to stay with her because he believes his child should grow up with two parents. In Macbeth, Lady Macbeth manipulates him into killing Duncan for more power. Both Lady Macbeth and Amy Dunne hold power over their husband to benefit themselves.