By Elaina Bruflat
Macbeth is responsible!
Macbeth is the only one who is responsible for his downfall. He is the one who killed Duncan, with his own hands, not anyone else. He killed Duncan, the guards, and Young Siward. And he hired murders to kill Banquo and Macduff's son and wife. Even though his wife and and the witches might have influenced Macbeth to murder these people, he is the one who untimely killed them. Macbeth might have regretted what he did, but he still committed the crime, "I am afraid to think what I have done; look on't again i dare not" (2,2). Macbeth took the dagger to Duncan and ended his life. Lady Macbeth definitely push him to do the bad deed, but she didn't committed the crime. The witches also gave Macbeth the idea, "All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be King hereafter" (1,3). The witches wanted to give Macbeth the idea of murder, so he could become the king which is what he wanted. However, did the witches take the dagger and kill Duncan, or Young Siward? No, it was Macbeth. Although Macbeth hired murders to kill Banquo and Macduff's son and wife, he was the one who wanted them dead, and the murders did what they were told. The murders didn't really gain much from murdering people, the only person that did was Macbeth. In the end Macbeth knew it was his fault and he was going to died. Still, he didn't want to give up, "Yet I will try the last. Before my body I throw my warlike shield" (5,8). For all the murders that happened, Macbeth was responsible for them and he knew he was responsible.
A big tragedy in Macbeth is when King Duncan died, "O Banquo, Banquo, Our royal master's murdered!" (2,3). The King ruled the land and made the rules and without him the land could fall to disaster, and a new leader needed to be found soon. Comic relief in Macbeth was when the Porter was drunk and upset that Macduff was coming to the castle so late, "...we were carousing till the second cock; and drink, sir, is a great provoker of three things" (2,3). He is joking around with Macduff, half asleep and is offsetting the murder that Macbeth just committed. Lady Macbeth showed a great example of soliloquy, when she was reading Macbeth's letter about the witches aloud, "They met me in the day of success; and I have learned by the perfect'st report they have more in them than mortal knowledge" (1,5). Lady Macbeth read the letter and was very excited and started to get the idea of murdering the King. Lady Macbeth reading the letter and thinking alone lead to the murder plot between her and Macbeth.
The play, Macbeth is like The Hunger Games trilogy book series by Suzanne Collins. The character Macbeth is like President Snow in The Hunger Games. They both started out as normal people and didn't need to kill anyone, but then they received power and they continued to kill lots of people. They both killed people if they thought they were threats to them and their power, for example, President Snow poisoned people's drinks at dinner parties if he wanted to be rid of them. Macbeth hired murders or killed them himself. They also both killed people to show they were able to because they were in control. President Snow had the hunger games every year to have 24 innocent people killed to show he was in control. Kind of like Snow, Macbeth had two innocent people killed for him, Macduff's wife and son, even though he wanted to kill Macduff himself. In the end they both had a downfall, by people challenging their innocents and authority, "The time approaches that will with due decision make us know what we shall say we have, and what we owe" (5,5). Their downfall wasn't because the people challenged them, it was their own fault for the horrible things they did to people, and taking too much power from their authority position.
The play Macbeth is like the Star Wars movie Return of the Jedi. Macbeth is like Darth Vader, who was played by David Prowse and James Earl Jones, for the voice. Both their downfalls were caused by themselves. Darth Vader turned to the dark side like Macbeth did and then the good was able to defeat them and return order to the country. They both wanted more power, even if it was evil power, and they were able to get that power for a little while. However, the good was able to defeat the evil, and the evil was gone. It wasn't the fault of the good guys for defeating them, it was the fault of the evil for choosing to go to the dark side. So, both Macbeth and Darth Vader were responsible for there evil actions and it is there fault for their downfall, no one made them become evil but themself.
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