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Shakespeare portrays the battle of good and evil as well as the fall of man through Macbeths actions.

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Macbeth Essay In ?Macbeth? by William Shakespeare a character is forced to make an important decision. The anti-hero of the play, Macbeth, makes an ill-fated decision to kill the king in order to gain the throne and a spiral of bad consequences take place after this and ultimately lead to the fall of man and the death of Macbeth. Shakespeare portrays ideas of the battle of good and evil as well as fall of man throughout the play and in particular through Macbeth?s actions. In the opening of the play, Macbeth is introduced as a brave and valiant soldier who is trusted by the king. Macbeth is initially a very noble and good character but later on in the play we realise that his obsession with power turns him into an evil character. Macbeth is told by the witches that he will gain three titles: ?All hail Macbeth? Thane of Glamis All hail Macbeth? Thane of Cawdor All hail Macbeth, that shalt be kind hereafter? The witches? three prophecies are central to the downfall of Macbeth. ...read more.

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Evil wins over good here and Macbeth decides to kill the king. As soon as he kills the king Macbeth starts to lose his mind. His guilty conscience constantly troubles him and he lives in paranoia that someone will find out that he killed Duncan. Macbeth fears that he will never sleep again: ?Methought I heard a voice cry ?Sleep no more! Macbeth does murder sleep? the innocent sleep? Having a guilty conscience is proving to be very troublesome for Macbeth as he is being kept awake at night. He is hallucinating and thinks that he hears voices which are not there. This is also important as it is a stage in the fall of man and it is ultimately this guilt which leads Macbeth to kill several other characters. The imagery used here shows that something that makes life worth living and is a necessary part of life. It also foreshadows the chaos that Macbeth would eventually bring as he has disrupted the natural order of things. ...read more.

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The comment reflects Macbeth?s feeling of hopelessness. He speaks in poetry to illustrate the idea that life is brief and each person?s life is very insignificant. He does not express any grief which is very unusual considering his wife has just passed away. Macbeth also comments that he has forgotten what it feels like to be scared which emphasises how evil he has become. In the battle Macbeth is lured into a false sense of security by the apparitions and he believes that he cannot be defeated. On realising the true meaning of the prophecy he realises that he has been tricked by the witches and he is killed. The battle of good and evil is represented by Macduff and Macbeth respectively and ultimately Shakespeare makes good triumph over evil. The decision which Macbeth made ultimately led to Macbeth?s own death. The change in Macbeth? character ? from the brave hero to the evil power-crazed king - was also brought about by his fateful decision to kill the king. Shakespeare portrays the triumph of good over evil and gives a deeper message that murder has very foul consequences. ...read more.

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