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Is Macbeth evil or was he pushed in being evil ?

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Macbeth coursework Is Macbeth evil or was he pushed in being evil ? In this essay I will discuss whether Macbeth was evil from the beginning or if he was being pushed by something or someone. I will do this by studying his character and his emotions, feelings and actions throughout the play. The tragedy of Macbeth was written by William Shakespeare in about 1606, during the reign of James I. James introduced the idea of the supernatural in a self composed book called demonology. The supernatural was a big and popular, public topic, this may be a reason why it is worked in the play and has a lot of influence. Macbeth is first introduced by the witches (333). The three three's are the symbol of the witches, explained by being half as bad as the devil, 666. Witches, at this time were associated with the devil (666). This suggests, and lets us think that Macbeth has a connection to the evil and supernatural. The witches want to meet up with Macbeth "There to meet with Macbeth" Next a wounded soldier is brought to the king to deliver a report about the situation, the standing of the war. He tells us that Macbeth is a brave, ambitious and loyal soldier.. "For brave Macbeth (well he deserves that name), Disdaining Fortune, with his banish 'd steel, which smoked with bloody execution, like valor's minion, carv'd out his passage..." ...read more.


"come unsex me here,... and fill me with direst cruelty! ... Stop up th'access and passage to remorse;" She wants to be a man or maybe no gender at all, because as a woman you are weak and don't have any killing instincts. She wants to play the dominate character. Together with Macbeth(who is underlying he control) she will become queen. "That my keen knife see nit the wound it makes, nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark, to cry "Hold,hold." She does not want to fell guilt This is probably the biggest problem Macbeth has. He cannot live with the fact that he has committed treason against God, something that was seen as the worst thing to do, as religion was the most important thing in some ones live, in this period of time. Her personal opinion of her husbands character is that he is too kind and not ambitious enough to commit the Murder of Scotland's leader, he does not take the shortest way and is not infected by this murderous illness/instinct. She says that he can only be king if he has this illness. " - Yet I fear thy nature: It is too full o'th' milk of human kindness, to catch the nearest way. Thou wouldst be great; art not without ambition, but without the illness should attend it." ...read more.


This tells us that Macbeth is not evil (at this moment) he is just a man driven and encouraged by his own unsatisfied ambition, which can only be satisfied by becoming king. He is also convicted that he have a down fall from power "I have no spur to prick the side of my intent, but only vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself and falls on th'other" "...that his virtues will plead like angels...against the deep damnation of his taking- of; and pity like a naked new born babe," "Shall blow the horrid deed in every eye, that tears shall drown the wind." What Macbeth is saying is very pure and good, showing us that he does have a good/innocent/holy heart. He thinks that everyone will see the horrible deed that he is about to commit and will cry so much to even drown the wind. Macbeth changes his mind often, just after his soliloquy, he tells his wife: "we will proceed no further in this business: he hath honour'd me of late; and I have bought golden opinions" He does not want to lose his good reputation. We can see how Macbeth's character is changing and re-changing. Being a loyal soldier, who believes no one but himself, with no fear and ambition, to someone who believes some ugly witches and wants to commit treason against his country to which he owed his loyalty, and back again to where he started off, until he is jet again changed by the heavy mental influence of Lady Macbeth. ...read more.

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