Everyone Has the Capacity to Do Evil Essay

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Throughout time humans have been trying to explain the nature of evil and man’s relationship with evil. Many have come up with an explanation that seems logic but yet some still disagree. In this case the authors of Macbeth, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the Picture of Dorian Gray, Paradise lost, and Beowulf all share the same concept that anyone has the capacity to do evil, but they disagree with each other on the idea that evil is not a choice. All these writers agree that any individual has the capacity to do evil. Sometimes the most reliable of people can end up betraying someone else as seen in the case of King Duncan from the play of Macbeth by William Shakespeare. King Duncan was a good King but his greatest flaw was to always trust the …show more content…
Throughout time humans have been trying to explain the nature of evil and man’s relationship with evil. Many have come up with an explanation that seems logic but yet some still disagree. In this case the authors of Macbeth, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the Picture of Dorian Gray, Paradise lost, and Beowulf all share the same concept that anyone has the capacity to do evil, but they disagree with each other on the idea that evil is not a choice. All these writers agree that any individual has the capacity to do evil. Sometimes the most reliable of people can end up betraying someone else as seen in the case of King Duncan from the play of Macbeth by William Shakespeare. King Duncan was a good King but his greatest flaw was to always trust the wrong people such as the one that used to be the Thane of Cawdor. “He was an absolute gentleman on whom I built an absolute trust.”(1.4.13-14). apparently the King didn’t learn his lesson and ended up causing his own death. He made the mistake of putting his trust in the hands of Macbeth, a great warrior who people greatly admired before he killed their king and committed other violent and serious crimes just to get what he wanted. Macbeth’s wife gives him the following advice “Look like th’ innocent flower, but be the serpent under’t.” (1.5.63-64). this supports the idea that anyone can do evil even the people that look the most innocent just like in the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert L. Stevenson, Dr. Jekyll was a respected