Identify a time where you had to continue down a path although things seemed hopeless and relate it to Macbeth's situation in Act V.

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Think of a time when you faced a situation where you made a mistake and had to face the consequences.  You might consider when you took advice and wished you hadn’t.

Macbeth’s situation is that he got himself into a position he cannot possibly defend, and he has to go down fighting.  He knows that he has to take what is left of his men with him, because his wife has already committed suicide.  Macbeth’s state of mind is demonstrated by his reaction to his wife’s death.

Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player

That struts and frets his hour upon the stage

And then is heard no more. It is a tale

Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,

Signifying nothing. (Act 5, Scene 5)

Macbeth decided to go down fighting.  He knew that he was in the wrong, but he was willing to face his own mortality head on.  He realized, by this point, that he had been misled by many people.  The witches and his wife convinced him to kill King Duncan, and he did.  He believed that he was worthy of the honor.  At first, he wasn’t even sure he wanted to do it.  But his wife wore him down, and he conceded.  By now, she has taken her own life because of the guilt.  She demonstrated this in her famous speech.

Out, damned spot! Out, I say! One–two—

why then ’tis time to do't. Hell is murky. Fie, my lord, fie! (Act 5, Scene 1)

This famous bloody hands speech, in which she tries to wash the imagined blood from her hands, shows her guilt.  Macbeth knows about this, even though he did not see it firsthand.  It makes him all the more keenly aware of human frailty, and this is why he makes the “tomorrow” speech I quoted above.

At this point, you need to look at where in your life you might have taken advice you wished you hadn’t, but needed to own up to it.  Your mistakes are your own, even if other people lead you to them.  This is what you can write about in your journal.  Don't forget that Macbeth's motivation is that he has nothing to lose, and he wants to go down fighting.  What was yours?

misscrump | Student

In Macbeths Act 5, he realizes that many people are against him and are coming to kill him. Even people who use to be on his side are now fighting against him and want him dead. Macbeth refuse to die without a fight.

From what I get from Macbeth is he knows that their is no hope in the end for him but he doesn't want to seem like a coward. I would write about a time that I was coaching volleyball with a friend for a small school. We had coached for this team for four years but this last year our team was going through some issues. Many parents weren't happy and wanted a change in how the team was ran. It was frustrating being in a middle of a season trying to keep the team motivated with so much going on in the background. But the district tournament I knew that the parents had convinced the school to make a change next year. I felt a lot of people who were on my side were not anymore but I refuse to let that affect how I ended the season.