Macbeth's Downfall

Ambition's Kill

Throughout Shakespeare's play Macbeth, Macbeth is tormented by ambition to the point of his own destruction. As King Duncan Proclaims Malcolm the Prince of Cumberland Macbeth, to himself, says "That is a step on which I must fall down, or else o'er leap"(act1 sc4 Shakespeare). Macbeth has a feeling of having to over come and go over Malcolm's head to become king or give up. Neither of which is he willing to do but to make the prophecy come true he has to. As Macbeth contemplates the assassination of the King Duncan he goes on to think" If the assassination Could trammel up the consequence, and catch With his surcease success; that but this blow Might be the be-all and the end-all here"(act1 sc 7 Shakespeare). This is showing the selfish side of ambition and how it is affecting his thinking and how he is possibly going to go through with killing the King. Although Malcolm would become king then he would still try to go over his head to become king just because of a prophecy told to him from three witches. Later in the play Malcolm with other Scottish nobles come and retaliates against Macbeth with an English army and before Macbeth is unafraid and tells Seyton that "Bring it after me. I will not be afraid of death and bane, Till Birnam Forest come to Dunsinane"

(Act5 Sc. 4 Shakespeare). In the same time his wife dies he just doesn't care and is unmoved to mourn until he has defeated his rival even though his prophecy says his downfall will happen when Birnam Forest comes to his castle, which is happening. He is still unafraid and can't process what is happening because he wants to kill so no one opposes him for his throne that he has. This to me shows that his ambition has overcome and overwhelmed Macbeth to the point of where he can no longer fell any emotions in his heart or mind.

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In Shakespeare's play Macbeth, Shakespeare uses lots of tragedy in his book, which means the fall of a dignified character, and mainly concerning Macbeth. After being told he will be king by three witches Macbeth says to himself" If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me Without my stir" (act 1 sc. 3 Shakespeare). In this he is saying that if he doesn't do anything then fate will make him king,therefore making him a dignified man. In this I think it would be true in that the king of Norway was defeated in a war that just ended the King Duncan would've made him king of Norway so that he wouldn't have to control over two countries himself. While later he turns and kills Duncan for the throne which leads to the fleeing of Malcolm, next in line for the throne, to go and get an army from Britain and kill Macbeth. While this is happening the Macbeth is becoming cruel and cold and kills all that opposes him. Before Malcolm came with his army Macbeth's wife died and he proposed" She should have died hereafter"(act5 Sc.5 Shakespeare). In this he is saying that she would've died later anyways and by saying this he has shown that his good and caring side has been defeated and his ambition doesn't care which makes him sound like a jerk and a foo that all he wanted was the throne even after his wife died.

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IN the first scene of Macbeth the witches foreshadow the meeting of Macbeth with them. Foreshadow is the act of knowing something before the characters in a book or play know it. as the witches talk the second witch goes on to say"Upon the heath" when the third witch says" There to meet with Macbeth"(act 1 sc. 1 Shakespeare). These witches are talking about how they are going to meet with Macbeth on a open field,"heath".As Macbeth is on his way back from battle with Scotland's enemies he is then is greeted by the witches. This shows how the witches are powerful and how they ann predict the future.
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At the end of Shakespeare's play Macduff foils, or or keep from attaining goal, Macbeth by killing him. After the deed Macduff shows Malcolm and says" Behold where stands The usurper’s cursed head. The time is free"(act 5 sc. 7 Shakespeare). Through the killing Macduff shows saying that Macbeth's head is gone. Because Macbeth is gone he cannot keep or wear the crown like he wanted too. Since he can't control the kingdom his goal of being king has ended. Along with this ending his goal of not being killed and living through the battle with the nobles was also perished.
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Art Connection

The arm in this piece is going to resemble Macbeth and how he reached for the crown and kingdom. As he was doing this his mind told him not to worry about the consequence of his actions. After he reached the crown the kingdom, which the crown also resembles, is turn to an ugly and horrifying thing to which people will get hurt and killed on and over it. The doctor of Macbeth's wife even goes on to say to himself" Were I from Dunsinane away and clear, Profit again should hardly draw me here"(act5 sc. 3 Shakespeare). He is saying how not even a profit of his field would bring him back to Macbeth's kingdom because of how ugly and terrifying it is to him and all of the good people in Scotland. This goes on to show that after Macbeth, the hand, grabbed hold of the kingdom it became a horrible place and unappealing.
[HD] Lecrae - Chase That (Ambition) (FULL SONG)

Song Connection

In Lecrae's song Chase that (Ambition) and Shakespeare's play, Macbeth, both the characters, Lecrae and Macbeth, are torn down by ambition. Lecrae sing about how ambition is evil and it destroyed him by saying,"selfish ambition I call...Evil is what it is"(Lecrae). This explains how he is having trouble with his ambition in high school and how he keeps on battling and getting in trouble. IN the play Lady Macbeth comes upon the knowledge that they will have the King over and she calls upon calling evil spirits and says" 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"(act1 sc 4). In Macbeth ,Lady Macbeth has the ambition for her husband and calls upon evil spirits which in turn destroy her life by torturing her mentally and emotionally. These two, the song and play, both have characters falling down into a dark abyss of evil intentions and ambition.