The Tragedy Of Macbeth By William Shakespeare

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X. In The Tragedy of Macbeth, Shakespeare uses the characterization of Macbeth to convey the corrosive effects of evil on a person’s psychological state. This presentation of Macbeth suggests that while humanity is inherently good, the drastic effects of evil actions can wreak havoc upon a person’s reasoning skills and cause one to behave in a volatile manner.
Macbeth’s internal struggle before committing the act of killing Duncan displays the detrimental effects of the initial thoughts of evil. After his encounter with the witches, he is ambivalent towards seeking knowledge from them, stating “this supernatural soliciting cannot be ill, cannot be good.” His statement contradicts itself, and this is one of the first examples of Macbeth’s temptation towards the prophecy and discomfort with the idea of murder. He understands his killing of Duncan would be betrayal on two levels, as he was there “in double trust: first, as […] his kinsman and his subject, […] then, as his host (The Tragedy of Macbeth, 1.7.12-16).” Macbeth is able to comprehend how horrifically immoral the act of killing Duncan while he was staying at Macbeth’s castle would be on a logical level, as he states he “should against his murderer shut the door, not bear the knife,” but he is blinded by his ambition and encouraged by Lady Macbeth and the attraction of the throne.
The soliloquy Macbeth delivers immediately before committing the murder shows the effects of his guilt as he grapples with the idea of
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