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How Does Shakespeare Create Evil In the Play Macbeath?

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HOW DOES SHAKESPEAR CREATE EVIL IN THE PLAY MACBEATH? Macbeth is a play where atmosphere and setting plays a very important part in the play. The play starts with the Witches, which is at a desolate place with thunder and lightning. This is first of all a pathetic fallacy because of the weather being so bad and the hideous appearance of the witches. This scene also gives us the first sign of the supernatural. The witches are the man source of the evil and supernatural in the play and they also give an impression of fear, horror and mystery. It is important of them to start the play, as they are the catalysts for all Macbeth's decisions, so obviously they effect the play quite a lot. ...read more.


Shakespeare doesn't just use animals to show the evil of the Witches he also uses animals to convey the state of the country, ie, when the horses eat each other after Duncan has been killed. This shows that Scotland is in a state of disorder. The witches also speak in riddles, "fair is foul and foul is fair" which gives the play an uneasy atmosphere, as does their language "Birth strangled babes". The Witches mainly give the play an uneasy feel because they are violating God's natural order. Noise also gives quite a tense atmosphere in the play. When Macbeth goes to kill Duncan, Lady Macbeth hears a knell (a traditional funeral bell), an owl shriek and crickets cry. ...read more.


It also plays a big part because both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth talk about the 'red misty hell'. Linked with colour is the important use of light and dark ni the play to give an uneasy atmosphere. The already nauseating Witches always appears at night giving a very suspicious atmosphere to Macbeth when he meets them as I think sometimes he thinks the witches are just a dream or a figment of his imagination. Also all the murders take place at night which gives a creepy and scary feeling as the majority of the people who die don't know who killed them. It is ironic that the only person who does die during the day in the play is Macbeth himself who wanted 'stars hide your fires' so he could kill duncan without heaven seeing what he was doing. ...read more.

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