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A struggle between good and evil does this seem an adequate description of 'Macbeth'?

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Wing Kay Chan Macbeth Coursework A struggle between good and evil does this seem an adequate description of 'Macbeth'? Shakespeare was born in 1564. He became rich, famous and successful by writing many plays such as comedies, romantic-love stories and also tragic and bitter plays. Shakespeare also wrote poems and sonnets, he then died in 1616. 'Macbeth' is a story of witchcraft, murder and there is an element of evil that can be seen. Here Shakespeare has written a tragedy. In the beginning in Act 1 Scene 2, Macbeth has fought against King Duncan's enemies. Macbeth is portrayed with a brutal, strong and courageous image. He is the good Macbeth, honoring his King and performing a duty to his country. 'For brave Macbeth - well he deserves that name -' However Shakespeare quickly changes the atmosphere with the three witches (a sign of evil). In Elizabethan times, the audience would believe in witchcraft and the prophecies of the witches. Their prophecies make him believe he can become King Of Scotland, his mind rapidly becomes corrupt and he starts to think about the power he will have on the land. ...read more.


Shakespeare uses these images to deepen the impact of the emotions and also our imaginations. Shakespeare also uses the weather to convey images of wickedness. 'Unruly night' this helps makes the play more exciting.) Macbeth's wife Lady Macbeth is an extremely strong and passionate character, however she manipulates Macbeth, as her perception of him is that he is too weak, 'It is too full o'th' milk of human kindness' Her role is to instruct Macbeth of what to do and she will have to urge him onto becoming king. She calls for evil spirits to help her and she takes full control of the situation. Macbeth here seems glad to let her have the responsibility. However he continues to struggle on whether he should murder the king or not, he cannot commit the deed, as he cannot bring himself to kill anybody though he desperately wants to. 'I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition which o'erleaps itself and falls on th'other.' ...read more.


Macbeth becomes confident and determined and wants to kill Banquo however Lady Macbeth has become uneasy and her strength has retreated, she also realises he must not kill Banquo himself. As Duncan has been murdered and his two sons have fled, Macbeth finally has his wish, he has been chosen to be the next king. Throughout the play, Macbeth's character changes and fluctuates as he struggles between good and evil. There have been more evil aspects than good when Macbeth murders people to meet his ambition of being King of Scotland. However, this sadly kills Macbeth at the end of the play by Malcolm. Shakespeare returns the throne to the rightful person meaning harmony is restored. 'My thanes and kinsmen, henceforth be earls, the first that ever Scotland in such an honour nam'd.' Banquo also was told about his son's prophecies by the three witches, however he did not make any actions to turn this prophecy true. This represents Macbeth if he took the path of being good and not resolving to any murders, then maybe he would still be alive. Therefore to some extent I believe that this is an adequate description of the play Macbeth. ...read more.

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