Arleigh Burke Essay Contest Winner
MacBeth shall never vanquished be until
Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill
Shall come against him.
MacBeth: “That will never be.
Who can impress the forest, bid the tree
unfix his earth-bound root.”
—William Shakespeare MacBeth
Ah, scurrilous, manipulative MacBeth—secure and comfortable in a reign guaranteed by the power of prophecy. Malcolm and MacDuff had virtually no chance of overthrowing him. The seers, God bless their black hearts, had spoken. Only when the forest of Birnam literally pulled itself from the earth and marched on his castle at Dunsinane would his rule be threatened.
MacBeth: Bring me no more reports; let them fly all.
’Till Birnam Wood remove to Dunsinane,
I cannot taint with fear.