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How does Shakespeare create an evil atmosphere using language?

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How does Shakespeare create an evil atmosphere using language? Shakespeare, born in Stratford upon Avon in 1564, William Shakespeare died there almost exactly fifty-two years later, in 1616. During those fifty-two years he created at least thirty-seven plays and possibly had a hand in others, one was called Macbeth. This was a sad and evil story about a man called Macbeth killing the king, because he was under the influence of his wife and the witches. On the level of human evil, Shakespeare's Scottish tragedy is about Macbeth's bloody rise to power, including the murder of the Scottish king, Duncan, and the guilt - ridden pathology of evil deeds generating still more evil deeds. When Shakespeare wrote the play Macbeth, which he wanted to be acted out, many people believed in witches and superstition. At the time when Macbeth was written, the gunpowder plot was going ahead. Conspiracy to blow up the English Parliament and King James I on Nov. 5, 1605, the day set for the king to open Parliament. It was intended to be the beginning of a great uprising of English Catholics, who were distressed by the increased severity of penal laws against the practice of their religion. The conspirators, who began plotting early in 1604, expanded their number to a point where secrecy was impossible. ...read more.

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'Fair is foul, and foul is fair', this basically seems like a warning that things are not what they appear to be, as if they are referring to people, explaining that not everybody should be trusted. The witches' language manages to reveal their personalities as sinister, mysterious and untrustworthy. In the opening scene the weather is thunder and lighting which is a mirror image of the way the witches are perceived. When you think of thunder and lighting you think of evil and destruction, this is exactly the way witches are represented in this play. They are evil cause destruction in Macbeth's life. Banquo says in act 1 scene 3 line 124: "The instruments of darkness tell us truths, win us with honest trifles, to betray's in deepest consequence." He thinks and says bad things of the witches. He calls them instruments of darkness and the devil. He believes that these prophecies will only bring harm even before anything begins to happen. He sees beyond the witches and can see that they are evil where as Macbeth is taken in by the witches and this 'blindness' is what causes his downhill spiral of problems. So his best friend warns Macbeth before he makes any decisions that the witches are evil, and what they suggest is evil. ...read more.

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After the murder happens, you will see Lady.Macbeth telling Macbeth to clean of the blood of his hands, so that nobody suspects them. After the murder has happened, everybody assumes that Duncan's guards are responsible. Nobody assumes Macbeth to do it, because how loyal he was to the king, this leaves all audience feeling and evilness and thinking how Macbeth was a traitor to Duncan and his country (Scotland). Many people might say that who was the one how made Macbeth kill Duncan, was it the witches or was it his wife. Both the witches and Lady.Macbeth are full of evil, but I think it was Lady.Macbeth how made Macbeth kill Duncan. Lady.Macbeth appears in the play when it starts getting dull, but after she reads the letter and calls the evil spirits on her, the play starts becoming more interesting. Macbeth shows that he can be as evil as possible, he sends three soldiers Although at the beginning of the play, Macbeth is a loyal soldier to his king and country, later on he turns out to be a traitor. He does this by going ahead with the murder, when he can refuse to. Although he was under the influence of L.Macbeth and the witches, his heart still could have stopped him from doing so. So at the end of this essay, I conclude that Macbeth was a traitor to his country and especially the king, which loved him and thought that he was the greatest soldier. ...read more.

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