Macbeth as a Play About the Conflict Between Good and Evil Essay

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Macbeth as a Play About the Conflict Between Good and Evil Macbeth is a tragedy, which addresses the inner conflict of people's morality. Furthermore, it appears Shakespeare's intention was to portray the modern day attitudes towards religion and the supernatural of his time. Indeed, the Elizabethan audience the play was written for would have been devout Christians, and would have had strict beliefs towards good and evil. The audience was genuinely afraid of evil, and it was about this time that the Salem witch trials took place, where witches were executed. Watchers would have regarded the witches with suspicion and fear, just as Macbeth and Banquo do in the opening scenes. There is…show more content…
Throughout the play his character shows constant changes in his humanity. Numerous times in the play he shows both his immoral and virtuous sides, usually in the form of his conscience. His inner struggle is immediately evident in the first scene, when we are given two seemingly contradictory impressions of Macbeth. The first is created by the witches in the initial scene; the fact that they speak of him, mars our previously untainted opinion of him. His character is blemished simply through his brief association with the witches - "There to meet with Macbeth". Indeed, any audience of Shakespeare's time would have strongly felt that Macbeth was at least partly evil if witches knew of him. Contrastingly, the first report of Macbeth we get from an honourable kinsman, the Captain, describes him as "brave" and "Valour's minion". This description of Macbeth contrasts with our immediate view, as he is described here as honourable and courageous. We are told that Macbeth is laying down his life for his country, a very worthy and virtuous cause. However, the fact that the Captain sees Macbeth in this way, does not necessarily mean that this is his true nature. Macbeth might be deceiving his peers, to benefit himself. In this way, Macbeth could show signs of immorality, rather like Banquo voicing caution that the witches might be deceiving him - "And oftentimes, to win us to our harm,

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