Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Macbeth Song

I Didn't Kill the King (to the tune of Billy Joel's We Didn't Start the Fire)

Thane of Cawdor, killed some guys, King Duncan, was impressed
Glamis betrayed him, wasn’t happy, so he took his head

Thane of Cawdor, stole his title, like the witches, preordained
Lady Macbeth, started talking, so he lost his mind

So Macbeth, chose to, kill the king, foolishly
Lady, she was at fault, and didn’t feel guilty

Stabbed in his sleep, dagger, Scotland’s got a new king
Duncan’s sons are flee-eeing, Macbeth just killed some guards

I didn’t kill the ki-ing
He was always dying
Since he was so o-old
I didn’t kill the ki-ing
Even though it wa-as

Really advantageous

      The opening 2 lines set the stage for the play, explaining the betrayal that the Thane of Cawdor perpetrated that catalyzed Macbeth's rise to power. Transitioning to the next couplet, the witches' prophecies are introduced. These premonitions come to be a defining aspect of Macbeth's character arc as his deterministic views, specifically regarding the witches' warnings, end up leading to his downfall. Just as the witches' prophecies predict his ascendence to the throne, the credence that he provides them contribute to his death.
      In the 3rd couplet, part of Lady Macbeth's character is revealed, with her feeling no remorse, at least in the beginning, for the murder of the King. When reading Macbeth's letter, Lady Macbeth pleads for spirits to take away her kindness and replace it with gall. Whether or not we believe the spirits actually change Lady Macenth is immaterial. What matters is that after she asks for this change, we see her to react minimally to 5 murders, one of which is the killing of a child.
      The final verse is a satirical look at the ease with which Macbeth circumvents the blame of murdering the king. A day after being promoted, reaching one step closer to the crown, the king mysteriously dies and Macbeth murders the only 2 witnesses. Showing a thirst for blood the morning after moving closer to the kingship, Macbeth is somehow not one of the prime suspects.

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