The Tragedy Of Macbeth By William Shakespeare

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The play of Macbeth is a tragedy which led to his demise. Macbeth was an honorable solider whose life became one of a traitor and a coward. The conflict of light and darkness within Macbeth began after he receives a prophecy from three witches that one day he will become King. This prediction without a doubt consumes him with ambition and greed. In order to fulfill the three witches prophecy Macbeth is led down his treacherous path by his wife, Lady Macbeth who urges him to murder King Duncan and seize the throne without hesitation. Macbeth struggle with his conscience and it was often difficult for him to differentiate between the illusion of ghost and what is real. Shakespeare uses the contrast of light and dark to provide readers a better understanding of good and evil within the play.
The contrast of light and dark allows readers to understand characters morals and characteristic quickly and effectively. A glimpse of evil is first seen at the beginning of the play, “Fair is foul and foul is fair” (1.1.11). The darkness plays an important role in developing the conflict to understand Macbeth train of thoughts and what lead him to commit such heinous crimes. The darkness reveals his character or true self. We are all born with the choice to be good or bad and whatever opportunities are presented to us to further our ambition we will choose base on our morals. If an individual is able to get away with evil, then an attempt is made to do so as in the story of Macbeth.
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