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Macbeth

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The songs that I will be dedicating in this play are for the character Macbeth. He is the most unique entity who is constantly changing his personality and developing more evil traits. These songs will represent all of the Macbeth’s major characteristics and the events that led to demonstrating and revealing what kind of person he is. Every crime he committed had a big consequence on his conscience. The lyrics or the mood of the song will, in some way, describe Macbeth and his behavior in this play.
The first song (opera) I chose is “O Fortuna” by Carl Orff. The mood sets the scene and foreshadows that something evil is going to happen. Immediately in the beginning, the audience feels the presence of something wicked and foul. It is continually building up until the end, when all the evil is unleashed upon the world. This song connects to the play because when Macbeth hears about the witches’ prophecies, something evil is born in him. He starts thinking about killing King Duncan and having horrid images of him doing it. His thoughts when he heard the prophecies were: “If good, why do I yield to that suggestion/Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair/And make my seated heart knock at my ribs,/Against the use of nature? Present fears/Are less than horrible imaginings./My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical,/Shakes so my single state of man” (act 1, scene 3, lines 138-143). These evil thoughts accumulated until he finally killed the King. Therefore, Macbeth is evil.

The second song is “I Want It All” by Queen. The lyrics express the ambition to get what you desire. Also, the words “I want it all and I want it now” clearly show the aspiration and the urgency of the speaker. In this play, it is obvious in many occasions t...

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...have judgment here, that we but teach/Bloody instructions, which, being taught, return/To plague th' inventor: this even-handed justice/Commends the ingredients of our poisoned chalice.” (Act 1, scene 7, Lines 8-12). It displays that he is scared that if he kills the King, he will teach the future generations to do the same thing to him and kill him. Thus, he is very disturbed and unsettled if he should continue with the murder.

In conclusion, Macbeth possesses a lot of evil traits and he is one of the most unique entities in the play. He is very ambitious, but, on the other hand, he is even willing to commit a crime such as murdering his King and cousin, so he can obtain the crown. Since the witches’ prophecies, all the darkness has gathered in his head. Thus, all of these songs are devoted to Macbeth because it represents one specific part of Macbeth’s life.
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