Macbeth's Downfall

By: Cecilia Brown

Who Is To Blame?

May we ask why the once heroic, honorable Macbeth became a murdering tyrant? There are many reasons for what happened to Macbeth. Some say it was the Weird Sisters' fault because if they had not told him of the prophecy he most likely would not have forced them to come true. I believe that it was Lady Macbeth that pushed him over the edge. In the beginning of the play, Macbeth was interested in the prophecies but it was Lady Macbeth that suggested that they make them come true. Lady Macbeth convinced him,"Your hand, your tongue; look like the innocent flower, But be the serpent under't"(2. 5. 75-77). She insulted his pride, "What beast was't then that made you break this enterprise to me? When you durst do it, then you were a man; And to be more than what you were, you would be so much more than a man"(1. 7. 55-58). Macbeth changed his mind about kill Duncan. But Lady Macbeth insulted his pride and valor, causing him to have to "be a man" and killing Duncan. Once the deed was done, the Macbeth we once knew was gone in his own insanity. Lady Macbeth started something in him that she may not have realized before. He then went on to kill his dear friend,"That every minute of his being thrusts against my near'st of life; and though I could with barefaced power sweep him from my sight and bid my will avouch it..."(3. 1. 129-132). Macbeth kills Banquo because he sees him as something in the way of his power. Banquo, in an earlier scene, expresses his suspicions about the murder of Duncan to Macbeth. Macbeth also tries to have Fleance, Banquo's son, killed because the prophecies said that Banquo's children would be king. But, Fleance was able to slip through Macbeth's bloody grasp. Lady Macbeth was the beginning of all of this madness. She pushed him into his tragic fate, out of love-- maybe. Or most likely out of greed for luxury and power. Who is to blame? Lady Macbeth is to blame.
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Sonnet

The Reaping of the Bones

Scottish scenery and dew covered grass,

All was well thereby all was ignorant.

Oh, but a fair heart is of glass,

When broken, it can destroy innocent.


Macbeth was admired and loved forever,

He was a hero, or so it was thought.

For the sisters urged the sick endeavor,

Macbeth met his downfall although he fought.


Responsibility falls to his Lady,

Lady brought dishonor to Macbeth's pride.

The story becomes dark and shady

Macbeth enacts a sinful homicide.


Macbeth meets his foreseeable ending,

Oh!Death reaps his bones-- forever sleeping.

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Art

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This piece of art is symbolic to the story because it is showing a woman persuading a man, just like what Lady Macbeth did to Macbeth. Lady Macbeth wants power and she uses tactics like dishonoring Macbeth pride and seduction to persuade Macbeth to murder Duncan. She is angry when Macbeth starts backing out of the endeavor, "What beast was't then that made you break this enterprise to me? When you durst do it, then you were a man; And to be more than what you were, you would be so much more than a man"(1. 7. 55-58). So this piece of art correctly symbolizes the story of Macbeth.