Macbeth: the Tragedy

By: Alicia Atkinson

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Macbeth's Downfall

In my opinion Macbeth's downfall was caused by his greediness from what the witches prophesized. Without the witches' prophecies, Macbeth wouldn't of ever known he was going to become the king and the Thane of Cawdor. Also, his own ambition got in the way because he knew he was the king's right-hand-man so, he knew he could get more power. Macbeth said it himself, "I have no spur To prick the sides of my intent, but only Vaulting ambition..." (1.7.26-28). Macbeth is saying the only reason why he would kill the king is for his ambition. Also, Macbeth killed his best friend (Banquo) because he was afraid Banquo's sons were still going to become kings from the witches' prophecies, "Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown And put a barren scepter in my gripe, Thence to be wrenched with an unlineal hand, No son of mine succeeding....For them the gracious Duncan I have murdered....To make them kings, the seed of Banquo kings!" (3.1.65-74). Macbeth says he took the crown from Duncan and went through all the trouble of murdering him to have it taken from him from Banquo's sons. This further leads to Macbeth's downfall by killing Banquo and trying to kill his son(s). Macbeth further widens his ambition and greediness when he goes to the witches to demand more about his future, and he is once again reassured of his greatness and that nothing will touch him from the witches' prophecies, "The pow'r of man, for none of woman born Shall harm Macbeth....Macbeth shall never vanquished be until Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill Shall come against him" (4.1.91-108). Macbeth knows now that pretty much nothing can touch him and he acts now on a high horse and he feels very powerful now. These reasons and evidence from the play prove that Macbeth's downfall was his own ambition and greediness to be king and get all the power in his hands with help from the three witches.
Blood lyrics (CLEAN!)
0:06-cooperation

0:15-can't control myself

0:26-all that they can drink and it will never be enough

1:16-human wreckage that you love

"Blood" -My Chemical Romance

Well they encourage your complete cooperation
Send you roses when they think you need to smile
I can't control myself because I don't know how
And they love me for it honestly I'll be here for a while


So give them blood, blood, gallons of the stuff
Give them all that they can drink and it will never be enough
So give them blood, blood, blood
Grab a glass because there's going to be a flood


A celebrated man amongst the gurneys
They can fix me proper with a bit of luck
The doctors and the nurses they adore me so
But it's really quite alarming cause I'm such an awful ****
(Why thank you!)


I gave you blood, blood, gallons of the stuff
I gave you all that you can drink and it has never been enough
I gave you blood, blood, blood
I'm the kind of human wreckage that you love!

"Blood" by My Chemical Romance resembles the reason for Macbeth's downfall because Macbeth was blocked by the greed from the witches' prophecies, and as a result, he had to keep killing people to make the prophecies come true. The lyrics say, "I gave all that you can drink and it has never been enough", which shows resemblance by Macbeth wanting more and more of the prophecies to actually be reality. Macbeth keeps killing more and more people to get to the throne and carry out the prophecies. In "Blood" it also says, "I can't control myself because I don't know how". This is similar to Macbeth's character because Macbeth can no longer control himself from making bad decisions. Macbeth said in the play, "From this moment The very firstlings of my heart shall be The firstlings of my hand" (4.1.168-170). Macbeth acts on impulse now and doesn't think twice about what he's going to do. Because of the witches being evil, they completely want Macbeth to destroy himself by planning to cause his downfall by making him overconfident. The witches falsely encourage Macbeth to follow they're evil plan, like in the song "Blood", "Well they encourage your complete cooperation." In the end, Macbeth does become a human wreck from all the crimes he's done and this relates to the song also from it saying, "I'm the kind of human wreckage that you love!"
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Hand with Reflecting Sphere to Macbeth

This piece of artwork by M. C. Escher supports my opinion for the reason of Macbeth's downfall because in this lithograph there is the crystal ball that symbolizes the witches and a man looking at himself in the sphere. The man symbolizes greed because he can only see himself and at his fingertips he controls what the ball reflects. In other words, Macbeth (the man holding the sphere) only sees himself in the ball (the witches) because that's what he chooses to show. Like in Macbeth when he has the choice to either carry out the witches prophecies or not, "I have no spur To prick the sides of my intent, but only Vaulting ambition..." (1.7.26-28).