A Head For a Head
Who's to Blame?
At the beginning Lady Macbeth just wanted power and didn't feel remorse for the wrongful acts she persuaded her husband to commit. By the end of the story she couldn't sleep because the guilt from her actions was haunting her. This is an example of a dynamic character because she changed throughout the story. By the end of the story she was talking to herself in her sleep saying, "The Thane of Fife had a wife. Where is she now? What, will these hands ne'er be clean?" (5.1.41-42). This shows that Lady Macbeth was starting to feel guilt over her and her husband's actions.
After Macduff discovers Duncan dead a bell is rung to catch the attention of the other people at Macbeth's castle. Lady Macbeth compares that bell to a trumpet that is used to call two sides of a battle to negotiation. She says, " What's the business, That such a hideous trumpet calls to parley The sleepers of the house? Speak, speak!" (2.3.89-91). She used this metaphor to show the audience that the sound of both the bell and trumpet mean that something horrific has happened. In this case she already knows what that horrific thing is.
In Macbeth, there are a lot of secrets kept from one character to another. Also, a lot of characters' thoughts had to be inferred by the reader. After the witches share their prophecies Macbeth has an aside while he is trying to decide whether or not to believe the witches' prophecies. He contemplates, "This supernatural soliciting Cannot be ill; cannot be good. If ill, Why hath it given me earnest of success, Commencing in a truth?" (1.3.151-154). This demonstrates how Macbeth was hesitant to believe the witches. The audience knew that this was what Macbeth was thinking, but the other characters did not.
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.
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.