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Is Macbeth Evil?

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Introduction

Is Macbeth Evil? Act1 Sc2 L6 Act1 Sc2 L17 Act1 Sc2 L18 Act1 Sc2 L19 Act1 Sc 5 L15 Act1 Sc5 L16 Act1 Sc2 L24 Act1 Sc2 L68 Act1 Sc3 54 Act1 Sc3 L145 Act1 Sc3 L135 Act1 Sc3 L136 Act1 Sc4 L51 Act1 Sc5 L70 Act1 Sc7 L35 Act2 Sc2 L35 Act2 Sc2 L60 Act2 Sc2 59 Act5 Sc7 L35 Act5 Sc5 L9 Act1 Sc3 L82 Act2 Sc2 L39 Act2 Sc1 L39 Act Sc1 L58 Act2 Sc2 L32 Act3 Sc4 L50 Act2 Sc1 L39 Act1 Sc1 L7 Act1 Sc3 L38 Act1 Sc1 L11 Act1 Sc3 L50 Act1 Sc3 L70 Act1 Sc3 L123 Act4 Sc1 L71 Act4 Sc1 L147 Act5 Sc7 L13 Act4 Sc1 L80 Act4 Sc1 L79 Act1 Sc5 L41 Act1 Sc5 L41 Act1 Sc7 L58 Act1 Sc5 L60 Act1 Sc7 L32 Act1 Sc7 L43 Act1 Sc2 L13 Act Sc2 L21 Act1 Sc3 L138 Act1 Sc5 L70 Act1 Sc4 L51 Act2 Sc L64 Act2 Sc1 L41 Act3 Sc4 L52 Act3 Sc4 L40 Act4 Sc3 L84 Act2 Sc2 L21 Act4 Sc3 L62 Act4 Sc3 L16 Act4 Sc3 L172 The play 'Macbeth' was written by William Shakespeare in 1606. ...read more.

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Directly after he has committed the murder of Duncan, Macbeth claims to have heard a voice "sleep no more! Macbeth doth murder sleep", indicating immediate regrets. The guilt appears to be engulfing him because he genuinely believes that he heard a voice meaning that his whole mind is filled with guilt and can think of nothing else. He carries on with his guilt as he says "will all great Neptune's oceans wash this blood clean from my hand?" thus he thinks he will never be free from the blood, (or the guilt) on his hands. He says at the sight of his hands "they pluck out mine eyes" showing that he cannot bear to see any proof of what he had just done. He shows guilt again right at the end of the play for killing Macduff's family "Of all men else I have avoided thee..... My soul is too much charged with blood of thine already" , these final words of remorse make him seem truly sorry for all that he had done in the past. He also shows that he truly loves and cares for his wife, Lady Macbeth. ...read more.

Conclusion

When she says "fill me...top-full of direst cruelty" she wants to be full of evil so that she can persuade Macbeth to do what it takes to kill Duncan. "Unsex me here" She wants to become a man so she can fight, also by doing this she sheds all gentleness and kindness associated with womanhood. She later on shows the depth of her evilness when she says that she would have killed her own child "I would...dash the brains out". It also shows her as opposite to Macbeth because she refers earlier to him as being "milk" which is used to nourish babies as opposed to dashing their brains out. The murder of Duncan is the turning point for Macbeth, when he begins to become evil and it is Lady Macbeth who decides that that is what he has to do "O never shall sun that morrow see!" Macbeth does intend not to do it "we will proceed no further" but she persuades him against his decision by patronising him and making him feel guilty "live a coward". This proves that if Lady Macbeth had not persuaded him, he probably would have not killed Duncan and would not have done all the other evil tasks. ...read more.

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