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Macbeth and Evil.

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Macbeth Essay Evil. It is a word that has been used for hundreds of years, yet the meaning is ones interpretation of what is evil. The criteria for an evil act have changed over the years also. My interpretation of evil is a very bad or ill act against a person, animal or God. Macbeth, 'dead butcher' and evil man? This essay will discuss this question. At the start of the play Macbeth is portrayed as a brave soldier, who would do anything for his king and country. During the opening battle a picture is built up in the mind of the audience. It is an image that shows Macbeth as a brave, noble, loyal and strong man. This is achived through the language Shakespeare uses. "O valiant cousin, worthy gentleman" This is just one line that is used to give one an image of 'brave Macbeth'. The immediate reaction of the audience is that this man could never be evil. ...read more.


It was seen as an action against God. So this would mean Lady Macbeth is encouraging Macbeth to do a satanic deed. So by committing this deed both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have been dammed for eternity. After the killing of Duncan Macbeth and his wife react differently. Macbeth speaks in small statements. "As I descended... Hark who lies I' th' second chamber... This is a sorry sight." This shows us Macbeth is panicking and anxious. He speaks of being caught or detected by someone; he also speaks of the evil that he just performed While Lady Macbeth also talks in small sentences showing that she is also nervous, however she is pragmatic. It also shows us that she is collected and rational. She is also thinking practically about what they should do next and how they should react. "go get some water, And wash this filthy witness from your hand." ...read more.


At the end of the play his language isn't as sophisticated and it is more optimistic, this is because he feel nothing can happen to him he feels he is invincible. This shows his change in consequences. At the start of the play he was just a thane and soldier and now he is king of Scotland. Macbeth, although evil, is the 'hero' of the play, and Shakespeare creates this feeling in the audience, by showing the audience that Macbeth's still just human and like the people in the audience. He does this by the fact Macbeth gets killed at the end of the play and that Macbeth recognises his own flaws. Macbeth killed his best friend, killed the family of an enemy, and killed the king who is chosen by God. All evil acts, but is Macbeth evil? All these acts could have been caused by the witches-it was believed possession was within the reach of witches. So Macbeth was either a very evil man or he was a pawn under the control of the women in the play. Thomas Southcott Macbeth Essay ...read more.

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