Macbeth

by Lauryn Wright

Macbeth's Downfall

In the play, Macbeth by Shakespeare, Lady Macbeth is responsible for Macbeth's downfall. Throughout the play the reader can tell Lady Macbeth is just dying for power because of the desperate measures she takes to get the crown. Lady Macbeth comes up with a plan to kill Duncan and says to Macbeth, "...and you shall put this nights great business into my dispatch..." (Shakespeare 37). Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth to do what she says and to leave everything under her management. While Lady Macbeth and Macbeth are talking she asks him, "What's to be done?" and he replies, "Be innocent of the knowledge, dearest chuck, till thou applaud the deed..." (Shakespeare 91). Macbeth knows he has to listen to his wife and has to keep quiet about Banquo until they are awarded. Later, when Lady Macbeth sleepwalks she admits that she persuaded her husband to kill Duncan, "Why then 'tis time to do't. Hell is murky. Fie, my lord, fie! a soldier, and afeard? What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our pow'r to accompt? Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?" (Shakespeare 155). Lady Macbeth knows she is responsible for the death of Duncan but doesn't know she is spilling it to the doctor and the woman, especially when she doesn't want anyone to know.

Literary Devices

In Macbeth, Shakespeare uses many literary devices. Verbal irony is used when Lady Macbeth is being a very kind and generous host, even though she's actually planning to kill the king later. Before dinner she says to Macbeth, "To beguile the time. look like the time; bear welcome in your eye, your hand, your tongue; look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under't," (Shakespeare 35). Lady Macbeth and Macbeth know they are about to commit murder, but they still act happy and kind to the king. This shows how manipulative the Macbeth's can be and how far they'll go to gain power. Tragic hero is also used in the character, Macbeth. After Macbeth kills Duncan, he says to Lady Macbeth nervously, "I have done the deed..." (Shakespeare 55). The reader can see that Macbeth knows he made a mistake by listening to what his wife said. He is aware of the crime he has committed but is also farther on his way of getting the crown. Finally, symbolism is used when Lady Macbeth is talking about the murder of Duncan she says, "The raven himself is hoarse that croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan..."(Shakespeare 35). The word raven is used as a symbol for death and evil which are both used in the plan to kill the king.
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I Want It All- Queen

The song, "I Want It All," by Queen best demonstrates how Lady Macbeth influences Macbeth to do bad things because she wants power and will do anything to get it. The line, "Gotta find me a future move out of my way," displays how Lady Macbeth wants her and Macbeth to have a better future by getting him power which leads them to kill many people along the way. The line, "I gotta get me a game plan, gotta shake you to the ground," demonstrates how Lady Macbeth plans to kill Duncan and gets Macbeth to do it.
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Gone Girl

Amy Dunne from the movie Gone Girl resembles Lady Macbeth in many ways. Amy is very kind to her husband in the beginning of the movie, but then starts to manipulate him to gain her own power. Amy Dunn forces her husband to keep quiet about the murders she committed since she was having his child. Lady Macbeth is very similar to Amy since she too manipulates Macbeth into staying quiet about the murders in order to gain power as well.