The Importance Of Evil Deeds In Macbeth

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Macbeth is a play about a brave and courageous Scottish general who receives three prophecies from a trio of witches, one of which being that Macbeth “shalt be king” (1.3.53). Upon receiving these prophecies, Macbeth becomes plagued by his ambition and his lust for power, and he allows himself to be spurred to action by Lady Macbeth, his wife. So he decides to murder his king and take the throne for himself. Afterward, throughout the rest of the play, he is forced to deal with the fallout and repercussions that come as a result of committing regicide. In the play Macbeth, Shakespeare develops the idea that evil deeds lead to more evil deeds as one’s humanity begins to slowly deteriorate. This ties back to Macbeth’s character, as for each evil deed he commits, he falls further and further from sanity and slips deeper into a mental state of fear, paranoia, anger, and hatred. The first evil deed is always the most difficult to commit, and this is no exception to Macbeth, which is made clear when he takes an entire act of talking himself into and out of the murder, and needs the persuasion of his wife to actually follow through with it. After the witches predict his reign as king, Macbeth was afflicted with many dark thoughts and his true ambitious desires came to light. He pictured himself murdering King Duncan, but Macbeth did everything he could to fight those dark thoughts. This was made clear by Macbeth consistently refusing to think about killing Duncan, to the point that
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