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Do you feel that Macbeth is a totally evil character in Act 1 Scene and also in the play as a whole?

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Do you feel that Macbeth is a totally evil character in Act 1 Scene and also in the play as a whole? There are many sources of evil in the play. The main source may be considered to be this source. 'All hail, Macbeth! That shalt be king hereafter.' This prophecy from the witches starts Macbeth wondering about his future. However, when he tells Lady Macbeth I believe she makes it much worse for him. Whereas before the prophecy was just nonsense which may have had a small trace of hope in it ('If chance will have me king, why, chance will may crown me, without my stir.) she turns it into a plot to murder the king ('Never shall sun that morrow see!' saying about how Duncan will never see the morning). In Act 1 Scene 7 Macbeth does have a lot of doubts about killing the king ('We will proceed no further in this business.') but it is, again, Lady Macbeth that makes him believe that it is the right thing to do by challenging his courage by saying 'When you durst do it, then you were a man.' ...read more.

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he will not be able to sleep for the rest of his life. Macbeth hallucinates and is tortured by his wrongdoing while he wakes (speaking to the dagger and seeing Duncan's ghost are two examples of this). However Lady Macbeth manages to escape the clutches of her conscious until she sleeps. This could be a sign of the evil inside her. Whereas Macbeth's conscious taunts him all the time Lady Macbeth is so evil she is able to ignore it until she sleeps. ' I'll go no more: I am afraid to think what I have done; Look on 't again I dare not.' This shows that Macbeth does not have the strong will power that Lady Macbeth has. 'Infirm of purpose! Give me the daggers. The sleeping and the dead are but as pictures; 't is the eye of childhood that fears a painted devil.' Lady Macbeth here shows that Macbeth is not as strong minded as her and he fears the 'painted devil (something which only appears real)' ...read more.

Conclusion

Lady Macbeth challenges this by saying 'Was the hope drunk, wherein you dressed yourself? Hath it slept since, and wakes it now so green and pale at what it did so freely? From this time such I account thy love.' Lady Macbeth is asking if Macbeth was so optimistic earlier simply because he was drunk? Have you now woken, as though from a hangover and feel sick (green and pale) about it all? From now on I will regard your love as drunken lechery too. So Lady Macbeth is saying that unless Macbeth does kill Duncan then Lady Macbeth will no longer love him. This makes her seem a lot more evil. In conclusion I would say that Macbeth is not as evil as Lady Macbeth due to the fact that he cares about his own actions whereas she shows no regard for the consequences of seizing the moment. She was the person that told Macbeth to disregard the future and concentrate only on the moment ('Screw our courage to the sticking place.'). James Howlett English Work for Mr. Parsons ...read more.

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