Downfall of Macbeth and more
The Downfall of Macbeth
Throughout the book of Macbeth there are many people to blame for Macbeth’s downfall, but the main people to blame for Macbeth's downfall are the Three Witches. In Macbeth the Three Witches state “ First Witch: All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis!
Second Witch: All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!Third Witch: All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be King hereafter!” (Act 1 Scene 3 Line 56-57). The reason this quote partly shows that the Three Witches are partly to blame for Macbeth’s downfall is that they are putting the idea that he will be king no matter what anyone says. Macbeth is talking to the Witches, and he has to say for himself, “Stay, you imperfect speakers, tell me more! By Sinel’s death I know I am Thane of Glamis, But how of Cawdor? The Thane of Cawdor lives, A prosperous gentleman; and to be King Stands not within the prospect of belief, No more than to be Cawdor. Say from whence you owe this strange intelligence, or why Upon this blasted heath you stop our way With such prophetic greeting. Speak, I charge you.” (Act 1 Scene 3 Line 78-86). This is proving that Macbeth is, otherwise, obsessed with what the Three Witches say, and that he will go to the ends of the earth to hear what the Witches say. Shakespeare shows that Macbeth is now questioning, after everything he has done, what the Witches have said by the Witches for example “ Macbeth: How now, secret, black, and midnight hags? What is’t you do?” ( Act 4 Scene 1 Line 48-49). This quote proves yet again that Macbeth, even though he is questioning what he has done and who the Witches really are, he still believe that what he has done was completely to get to that throne.
During Macbeth, Macbeth talks to himself, and in the most subtle way hints that he is going to kill King Duncan. Macbeth states in Act 2 Scene 1 Line 55 "...And on thy blade and dungeon gouts of blood...". Wich in simple terms means that Macbeth sees the dagger in the air with King Duncan's blood all over it, meaning that he will kill the King.
Throughout Macbeth there are many different things that can be said to be symbols, but the symbol that is present is a bell of a clock. Once again in that speech Macbeth states "I go and it is done. The bell invites me. Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knell That summons thee to heaven, or to hell" (Act 2 Scene 1 Line 72-75). This quote explains that the bell is the symbol for King Duncan's murder.
Macbeth feels invincible, for the witches have told Macbeth that he will not die until these impossible acts are performed. Well these acts aren't as impossible as Macbeth thought . Two or three ate Macbeth would not die of any one born of a woman, but if you were born through a c-section you are not technically born of a woman. Another is just letting Macbeth know that Macduff is returning to Scotland. "I will not be afraid of death and bane till Brinam Forest come to Dusinane" (Act 5 Scene 3 Line 62-63). This is very ironic considering that Macbeth's enemy takes the forest to him. Before battle everyone in the enemy's army grabs branches to camouflage themselves and they crept up on Macbeth.
Comparison of Macbeth to Artwork
I shall murder because I want power.
It is a great question, should I follow through?
Our decision is not to cower.
Power is mine because the king is dead.
Duncan's sons shall die for they're next in line.
In fear for their lives Duncan's sons have fled.
Duncan's sons will haunt me; the throne is mine!
My wife is Lady Macbeth, she's crazy.
Acting weird, the doctor had a bad hunch.
She gets what she wants because she's not lazy.
She kills herself for the guilt is too much.
I will die a tragic death in the end.
Macduff is my killer, he keeps my head!