1. I Just Can’t Wait to be King- Lion King
Act 1 Scene 5
The song I Just Can’t Wait to be King, which appears in the movie The Lion King, is about Simba yearning to be king. This mimics Macbeth’s state of mind after he hears the witches’ three predictions, the last of them being of him becoming a king. As soon as he heard the prediction, he got so enthralled that he didn’t listen to reason, or even question the validity of the witches’. In Act 1 Scene 5, in his letter to Lady Macbeth, he writes “‘Hail, king that shalt be.' This have I thought good to deliver thee, my dearest partner of greatness, that thou might’st not lose the dues of rejoicing, by being ignorant of what greatness is promised thee”(Shakespeare 1.5.9-12). He is evidently just as excited as Simba was while singing “Oh, I just can’t wait to be king!”
2. Poker Face- Lady Gaga
Act 1 Scene 6
“All our service,/ In every point twice done and then done double,/ Were poor and single business to contend/ Against those honors deep and broad wherewith/ Your majesty loads our house. For those of old,/ And the late dignities heap’d up to them,/ We rest your hermits”(1.6.15-21). These are the words spoken by Lady Macbeth in Act 1 Scene 6, to King Duncan, whom she is planning to murder later on in the evening. Like Lady Gaga, she has put on a poker face, and he cannot read it. He has no clue that she is about to be a snake with the apparition of a flower, nor of the tragedies that await him.
3. I'll Make A Man Out of You- Mulan
Act 1 Scene 7
“Did they send me daughters when I asked for sons?...you're a spineless, pale, pathetic lot and you haven't got a clue, somehow I'll make a man how of you” These lyrics from the song I'll Make A Man Out of You could be coming straight from Lady Macbeth. She seems to view gender roles very clearly, men are strong and powerful, and women are weak and gentle. As soon as Macbeth seems to be doubting his upcoming plans to murder King Duncan, Lady Macbeth attacks his manhood. “When you durst do it, then you were a man./ And to be more than what you were, you would/ Be so much more the man”(1.7.49-51). Much like in the song, she seems to think that women cannot do the job that a man can. Later on in the song come the lyrics “ tranquil as a forest, but on fire within.” These are very similar to words Lady Macbeth utters in a former soliloquy during Act 1, Scene 5 “Look like th' innocent flower, But be the serpent under ’t”(1.5.64-65).
4. Hells Bells-ACDC
Act 2 Scene 1
In Act 2 scene 1, a bell rings. It’s the bell Lady Macbeth rang to let Macbeth know that everyone is asleep, and it is safe for Macbeth to pursue their plan to kill King Duncan. The bell could be compared to the song Hell’s Bell’s, because in essence, it is a hell’s bell. But instead of the Macbeths singing “I got my bell, I’m gonna take you to hell, I’m gonna get ya, satan get ya” I believe that it is the bell itself which is taking them to hell. When Macbeth says “Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knell/ That summons thee to heaven or to hell”(2.162-63). it’s ironic, because from what we hear, King Duncan was a wonderful man, and everybody loved him, he did not seem like a sinner. The ironic part is that the bells are not summoning King Duncan to hell, but Macbeth himself, because it is he who is about to commit a hell-summoning deed, murder. “ I won’t take no prisoners, won’t spare no lives, nobody’s putting up a fight” becomes relevant later on, because Macbeth ends up killing the kinds guards that he had framed, just because he couldn’t spare to have them living for fear of being caught.
5. Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)-Offspring
Act 3 Scene 5
The song Pretty Fly (For A White Guy) could be used to help show how the witches view Macbeth. "Our subject isn't cool but he thinks it anyway," this line can be used to describe that Macbeth thinks things that aren't true, such as how he thinks the predictions the witches make...