Tragedy of Macbeth

By: Anna Patterson

Macbeth's Weakness

Macbeth is weak by how he listens to the wrong people. Lady Macbeth tells him what to do and he actually listens to her. He let her convince him that he wanted to kill Duncan and become king. Even though she thought Macbeth was too much of a wimp and too weak to actually kill the king. Also, he listened to what the witches said about the prophecies which led him to his destruction. Most of the time, Macbeth just listens to other people and doesn't really make his own decisions. He had some ideas but they were terrible ideas that didn't work out, like how he tried to kill Banquo and Fleance.

Downfall of Macbeth

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The Witches' Prophecies

Macbeth's destiny changed because the witches planted the thought of him becoming king in his head. He wouldn't have thought of murdering Duncan and of becoming king on his own. Then, he wouldn't have gone crazy and wouldn't of have killed Duncan, Banquo, and Macduff's family. Lady Macbeth's death could also be related to the witches prophecies because the guilt and shame of the murders made her go crazy and die. Macbeth would still be well liked and loyal to the king.

Literary Devices

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Can't Hold Us Macklemore and Ryan lewis

"Can we go back, this is the moment
Tonight is the night, we'll fight till its over
So we put our hands up like the ceiling can't hold us
Like the ceiling can't hold us

Now can I kick it? thank you
Yeah I'm so damn grateful
I grew up, really wanted gold fronts
But that's what you get when Wu-Tang raised you
Yall can't stop me" (Can't Hold Us- Macklemore 1:41).

The song mentions that no one can stop him, and that is what Macbeth thinks. Also, the song is portraying confidence that no one will get in his way. A characteristic of Macbeth is confidence. He first gets confidence from the witches by the witches told him that he would become Thane of Cawdor and become king. He became Thane of Cawdor, so he thought he would become king. After he becomes king, the witches give him confidence again by tricking him and telling him that he is invincible. After Macbeth realizes that he was tricked, he fought Macduff to the death and ends up dying. A line from the song says that they will fight till its over, and by over for Macbeth, it means the end of his reign and life.