Macbeth

The downfall of Macbeth

The downfall of Macbeth may have had many causes, but the person who had the most impact on his choices and the path that he followed was his wife Lady Macbeth. She demonstrated her controlling, convincing ways many times throughout the play one example is when she was trying to convince Macbeth to kill the king “I have given suck, and know how tender ‘tis to love the babe that milks me. I would, while it was smiling in my face, have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums and dashed the brains out, had I so sworn as you have done to this” (Act 1 Scene 7). This shows how Lady Macbeth used her husband’s fear against him by convincing them that she would keep any promise that she made to him and that it is wrong of him to back out on something that he had promised her. Another example of Lady Macbeth contributing to her husband’s downfall is when she was trying to convince him that the death of the king was a good thing and that he had done nothing wrong “You do unbend your noble strength to think so brainsickly of things. Go get some water and wash this filthy witness from your hands” (Act 2 Scene 2). This shows that Lady Macbeth was under the impression that all of the bad things that had happened that night could be fixed if Macbeth simply washed it all away. This led to Macbeth’s dark times in the future because with his wife convincing him that the murder wasn’t a big deal and that everything would be fine and go unnoticed, it allowed Macbeth to push away all of his feelings of regret and not allow him to fully realize what he had done until it was too late for him to deal with things rationally. A third example of how Lady Macbeth caused her husband to experience many times of hardship was her death during the battle. Her death, although it didn’t cause Macbeth to have many emotions, caused Macbeth to have a whole new outlook on life “...all our yesterdays have lighted fools. The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player, That struts and frets his hour upon stage and then is heard no more. It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury. Signifying nothing” (Act 5 Scene 5). This shows that after the passing of his wife, Macbeth began to give up on things that used to be very simple to him. It caused him to have an outlook on life that made him begin to give up. If the death of his wife hadn’t occurred, he wouldn’t have began to develop these kind of feelings towards life and he may have ended up defeating Malcolm in the fight that led to his death. In conclusion, the downfall of Macbeth can be blamed on many things but the bulk of the pain and confusion that led to his downward spiral can be places on his wife Lady Macbeth because of her controlling and seducing ways.

Movie connection

The book Macbeth can be connected to a recent episode of the walking dead where The governor kidnapped Herschel wanting to get even with him because he had killed his daughter in the past and he took a sword and beheaded him. In Macbeth the same thing happed between Macduff and Macbeth at the end of the book. Macduff had a lot of built up anger towards Macbeth because of the death of all of his family and he ended up beheading him as a way to get revenge on him. http://youtu.be/Mz1HVCgveyA

Character analysis

The character Lady Macbeth showed many times her need and desire for power. There many things that drive her to behave this way, but the main one is her desire to be a man and to have the power that comes with it. Throughout the book she displayed her envy that she had for her husband many times. She was jealous of the power and authority that he held and she wanted to be the same way. She wanted every womanly part of her to be removed "Come you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, and fill me, from the crown to the toe, top-full of direst cruelty!" (Act 1 Scene 4). This shows that Lady Macbeth wasn't happy with being a woman because she felt that the amount of power that came with it wasn't fair. She thought that if she could be turned into a man that she would be taken more seriously by everyone and she would have more of a say in the things that happened in the world.