A Head For a Head

Macbeth's Downfall

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Who's to Blame?

Recently Macbeth has been perceived as dead. With all of the strange happenings lately there have been whispers about who or what is to blame for all of this. Could Macbeth of caused his own downfall, or is there some other natural influence in all of this? I personally believe that whether there were other influences or not, Macbeth did have someone's blood on his hands. My reasoning behind this is that someone can be influenced by someone or something else, but they will always have the final decision. I've heard from a source that Lady Macbeth told Macbeth that, "When you durst do it, then you were a man; And to be more than what you were, you would Be so much more the man" (1.7.56-58). If my sources are correct then Lady Macbeth was trying to get Macbeth to kill Duncan. As I had stated earlier Macbeth had the final decision in killing Duncan, but Lady Macbeth's hands weren't clean throughout the whole process either. I think that there are more people to blame than just Lady Macbeth and Macbeth for all of the deaths. Before the tragedy of Banquo's death, he told his son, Fleance, of what he knew to be Macbeth's motive for shedding royal blood. Fleance said that witches told Macbeth, "All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be King hereafter!" (1.3.56-57). Fleance could have been trying to give more reasons of why Macbeth is to blame for his father's death. If this information is accurate and not bias then the witches were also trying to influence Macbeth to make life changing choices. The witches are also suspected to have wanted Macbeth's downfall. There have been rumors that they held a secret meeting and someone claims to have overheard what the witches had said. The leader of the witches, Hecate, seemed to be scolding the witches and telling them of the plan which was, "This night I'll spend Unto a dismal and a fatal end" (3.5.20-21). Hecate also mentioned that, "As by the strength of their illusion Shall draw him on to his confusion. He shall spurn fate, scorn death, and bear His hopes 'bove wisdom, grace, and fear; And you all know security Is mortals' chiefest enemy" (3.5.28-33). The witches and Hecate were secretly trying to cause Macbeth's downfall. Macbeth still had the final decision, but it was as if everyone was working against him and he fell under the pressure and the thought of being a king. Although the mind is our strongest aspect it can also be our weakness that causes our tragic downfall.

Movie Connection

When Macbeth was able to grasp just the smallest amount of power, he used it to his advantage to gain more power. Once he had that power he wouldn't let go. All this power motivated him to do things that would eventually lead to having everything taken away from him. A similar theme occurs in the movie Click. The main character, Michael, realizes that he has a universal remote that can fast forward and pause time. Once he has this realization he uses the remote quite frequently and soon the remote starts fast forwarding on its own. Before he knows it, his entire life has gone by. He let the power the remote gave him go to his head and in return that ruined his life. In Macbeth, the power gets to Macbeth's head; thus, causing him to soon realize that in exchange for that power everything that matters in his life has to vanish.


Song Connection

The story of Macbeth is truly a tragedy. He goes against his morals and does things he normally would not of thought of doing just to become King of Scotland. After Macbeth murders Duncan, many deaths must follow for Macbeth to stay high in power. The song "Grenade" by Bruno Mars resembles this story in an abstract way. The lyrics from this song relate to this story because Macbeth gives everything to become king, yet he receives nothing from it. What this means is that after Macbeth became king everything was taken from him. The lyrics that best represent that are, "Take, take, take it all, but you never give Should have known you was trouble...Yeah you'll smile in my face then rip the brakes out my car Gave you all I had and you tossed it in the trash..." (Mars). These lyrics show that Macbeth gave everything to have power and that power took everything away from him, including his wife and his own life.