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Evidence of Evil in Macbeth

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Evidence of Evil in Macbeth In act one scene one, the witches, atmosphere and setting depict the themes of evil that sat the contours of the play, the guidelines if you will. From the very beginning of the play, the scene-setter, Macbeth is being absorbed into the witches' evil. Shakespeare reflects this from the echo of the witches' words. The chanting of the hags, and the absence of iambic pentameters, also communicates a supernatural presence not of human constraints like time. "When the battle has been lost and won", Shakespeare reveals the victory of Macbeth, and the fall of his future station. The evil also sows a devastating seed in his mind, and is watered with the curiosity of the witches' prophecies of his glorious rise up the ladder to the throne, which is already blocking the loyalty of this brave general. The evil has also driven Macbeth to despise Malcolm for becoming heir, yet what right has he to judge the king, even in his own mind, with the seed? ...read more.


Macbeth is now not his own. Macduff wants revenge. The final battle of good and evil personifies to Macduff and Macbeth as their "representatives". The last Act is also where Shakespeare places the catharsis and Macbeth's nemesis, after Lady Macbeth commits suicide from madness and Macduff is crowned king. As Macbeth's punishment for listening to evil, he realises his mistake before he puts up his fight for his life, as well as falling from heaven to hell, and losing all self respect, friends, wisdom and love. The witches' are now finished with him and throw his life away as the waste it has become. Throughout the play, the audience is never sure exactly how far the witches' control extends. For example, was the ghost the witches' doing, and from where did the dagger and Lady Macbeth's "spot" originate? Here Shakespeare is suggesting that a mere mortal mind cannot comprehend the awesome evil transpiring before them. William Shakespeare wrote "Macbeth" in the reign of James 1, Elizabethan times. At that particular time, suspected witches were greatly prosecuted, and James 1 is predominantly recognised in history for burning more accused witches at the stake than any other monarch who reigned in England. ...read more.


Because in those times, the theatres did not have anything in the way of the technology of today, they would have presented evil in people as either chanting, or not speaking in verse, which was almost like a different language or a very strong accent to the people of that time. Conclusion Shakespeare, the greatest play write and analyser of human nature ever to be born, wrote one of the greatest classical tragedies ever to meet paper. He subtly weaves a warning for James 1 into a performance reflecting some of man's deepest fears, and the human nature to, once in a while, make the mistake of listening to evil. His play shows us that in every one of us there is a hint or a tinge of evil just waiting to smear across the pallet. All of Shakespeare's characters are puppet roles able to fir anyone, only using the King so it relates to his situation. Shakespeare is not only warning us of witches', women and evil, but of ourselves and our temptations and desires which, if we are not careful, will consume us and bring out the evil. ...read more.

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