[2015] Jasmine Rosiak: Macbeth

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[2015] Jasmine Rosiak: Macbeth

The show Bates Motel is an example of a modern day Macbeth. Both stories start as just one murder. The characters in the show feel extremely guilty after the first time killing. Shortly after they are killing with no problem. Macbeth started out good at first, just like Norman. Then, both men allowed a woman in their life to influence them to become cold-hearted killers. In both of these story lines there iws one person to begin that is innocent and eventually someone convinces them to turn evil.

Macbeth takes place in Scotland in the 11th century. At this time there is a battle going on. There was not any roads, so it was extremely muddy. Most lived in castles with trees that surrounded them. When Macbeth met the apparations, the third apparation told Macbeth, "Macbeth shall never vanquished be until/ Great Burnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill/ Shall come against him" (IV.I.432). This apparation is painting the picture of how there are huge trees at the bottom of the hill by the castle.

Freddie Highmore plays the character of Norman Bates on the show Bates Motel. He would also play a good Macbeth. In the show, Norman starts out as a young inncocent boy. Through a series of events, he allows his mother to control him and causes him to become a murderer. Norman can be compared to Macbeth in the play. Macbeth lets Lady macbeth talk him into being a killer, but then soon he is doing it all on his own. Macbeth and Norman Bates both allow someone talk them into the murder and then continue to kill to reach a goal.

This picture explains Macbeth's want for power. He is willing to do anything to get it, even murder. When Macbeth and the murderers were creating a plan to kill Lady Macduff and her kids, Macbeth says, "From this moment/ the very firstlings of my heart shall be/ the firstling of my hand. And even now,/ to crown my thoughts with acts, be it thought and done" (1.IV.434).

One of the main symbols of Macbeth is blood. Blood symbolizes guilt many times throughout the play. After Macbeth murders King Duncan, his hands are covered in blood. He panics and says, " What hands are here? Ha! They pluck out mine eyes./ Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood/ Clean from my hand?"(II.III.421). Macbeth is comparing the blood on his hands to the guild that he will feel forever and says that no amount of water will ever take the guilt away. Months after the murder of King Duncan, Lady macbeth begins to have night terrors and starts sleepwalking/ talking. One night while sleeping, Lady Macbeth says, "The Thane of Fife had a wife: where is/ she now?-What, will these hands ne'er be clean?-"(V.I.440). When Lady Macbeth is sleeping she talks about the murder of Lady Macduff and compares the blood that was on her hands to the guilt she has. She says that her hands will never be clean, meaning that she will always feel guilty..

Vera Farmiga plays the character Norma Bates in the show Bates Motel. She would also play a good Lady Macbeth. In the show, Norma Bates turns her son into a killer. Norma Bates can be represented as Lady Macbeth. In the play Macbeth, Lady Macbeth convinced Macbeth to kill King Duncan to gain power. This Eventually turns Macbeth into a ruthless murderer. In the beginning of the play Lady Macbeth convinces Macbeth to become a killler by saying, "When you durst do it, then you were a man;/ And to be more than what you were, you would/be so much more than a man" (1.VII.418).


The song How to Save a Life by the fray is sung about a guy that lost one of his friends, in the song he says "where did I go wrong I lost a friend somewhere along the bitterness". He is basically saying that it is his fault. In Macbeth, Macbeth kills his bestfriend and shortly after loses all of his friends. In Act V, Macbeth gives a speech to try to make the audience feel bad for him. During his speech, Macbeth says, "My way of life/ Is fall'n into the sear, the yellow leaf;/And that which should accompany old age,/ As honour, love, obedience,, troops of friends" (III.I.441). He is saying there is no one there for him and he will grow old alone.

How to Save a Life- The Fray

When Macbeth is talking about the plan to killl King Duncan, He says,"Whiles I threat, he lives./ Words to the heat of deeds too cold breath gives./ I go, and it is done; the bell invites me./ Hear it not, Duncan; for it is a knell/ That summons thee to heaven or to hell" (II.I.419)

My favorite scene in Macbeth is also one of the most famous. My favorite scene is witht the witches when Macbeth meets the three apparations. The apparations each tell/ warn Macbeth of the events that are to happen. Although, the witches tend to use many prophecies this is an important part of the play. The first apparation is a bloody baby that warns Macbeth of Macduff. The second apparation is a warriors head that comes to tell Macbeth, "The power of man, for none of women born/ Shall harm Macbeth" (IV.I.431). This apparation is saying that no man that is born from a woman will be able to harm him, but not every man is born. The third apparation is a child holding a tree that tells Macbeth, "MAcbeth shall never vanquished until/ Great Burnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill/ Shall come against him" (IV.I.432). This seems to be impossible, so Macbeth thinks he is in the clear. But, at the end of the play the people who are going to fight him camoflauge as the trees and begin to move.

In this scene Macbeth is planning the murder of Banquo. He is talking about all of the reasons that he should kill Banquo. MAcbeth says that Banquo's children will be kings and he does not want that. Macbeth says to the murderers, "Know/ That it was he in the times past which held you/so under fortune" (III.1.425). Mabeth convinces the murderers to kill Banquo by telling them that it was his fault any time that they were struggling. This is the scene that Macbeth really begins to show his evil side. He is evil enough to kill his best friend.


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