Good And Evil In Macbeth

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Murder. Blood. Daggers. Prophecies. These compose the world of Macbeth. At the beginning of the play, Macbeth is described as being heroic and noble since he proudly fought for his country in the war. Macbeth will always retain innocence, even when there is only a sliver of it left. However, he is soon described as a “tyrant” and “wicked” after learning of the witches’ prophecy and manipulates his fate. The shift that Macbeth makes in his human nature is not on his own. He had to be pushed in order for him to cross the line between good and evil. The witches helped implant the idea of murdering King Duncan and usurp his throne, while Lady Macbeth persuades Macbeth to kill the King. Although Macbeth had to be pushed to commit these acts of…show more content…
Moreover, once Macbeth is persuaded by Lady Macbeth to kill King Duncan, he becomes vengeful and controlling, since the evil that has awakened consumed him. As Lady Macbeth and Macbeth discuss the prophecy, Lady Macbeth influences Macbeth’s decision by threatening his masculinity. She says how she would rather bash the brains of her child, than be a coward like him. Lady Macbeth is essentially powerless in this patriarchal society, so she can only put her power in her husband and hope for him to listen. Ultimately, Macbeth is convinced and goes through with the murder, his guilt he feels afterwards is simply a shock to what he has done, but it quickly leaves. Subsequently, once Macbeth becomes King, his reign of terror commences. When Ross talks to Macduff and Malcolm to bring the news of Macduff’s family, he also brings news about the state of Scotland. He mentions how the funeral bell is rung so frequently that no one bothers to ask who has died. People are slaughtered everyday in Macbeth’s Scotland that nobody obeys him out of respect, but rather if they do not then they will be killed. The cruelty that Macbeth expresses over such a short period of development is too much for the malice to not have resided there before.
Furthermore, towards the final acts of the play, Macbeth begins to feel resentment on his acts, but he does not
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