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Macbeth- Good vs evil

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Introduction

Good V.S. Evil Every single person has good and evil in them. We are all capable of doing good and bad things. Sometimes people want more power or money and they do evil things because they are greedy, or are just influenced by something and want it. In the play, Macbeth, the title hero has good and evil in him. He starts out as a heroic soldier, but soon kills many people to gain and keep power. In William Shakespeare's play, Macbeth, the title character is a good person but it corrupted by his thirst for power. At the beginning of the play, Macbeth is an honorable, respected character. He starts out as a heroic soldier that fights for his country. He is brave and does everything he can to be a great soldier. Everyone, including the king, Duncan, respects Macbeth. Macbeth also shows a lot of respect for everyone: "Thou art so far before, that swiftest wing of recompense is slow to overtake thee." ...read more.

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When Macbeth found out that the witches were lying to him and that they told the prophecies wrong, he realized that all of this evil was a waste of time and he started to be good again: "The instruments of darkness tell us truths, win us with honest trifles, to betray us in deepest consequences." (1.3.133-135) Banquo warns Macbeth after hearing the first set of prophecies. He didn't want to believe the witches when he heard the prophecies, but Macbeth believed them, even though they were evil. By choosing to trust in evil, Macbeth himself became evil. Nothing good came from believing the witches and the prophecies. Macbeth was corrupted by his own ambitious desire for power. Macbeth wanted more and more power, which caused him to do evil things. He killed many people that he thought were going to take away his power. Macbeth first killed Duncan because he wanted to be King. Macbeth didn't want to kill him, but Lady Macbeth convinced him too. ...read more.

Conclusion

Even though Macbeth kills a lady and a child, he doesn't care at all. He has no sense of what is right or wrong, he only cares about power. Throughout the play, Macbeth, the title character has to make many decisions between good and evil and always chooses the evil decision. He is known to everyone as a heroic soldier, and has a lot of respect for and from King Duncan. But he is soon corrupted by evil because of his want for power. The witches give Macbeth prophecies that influence him to kill people and do evil things for power. He chooses to trust this evil, which causes him to become evil himself. Macbeth kills many people and has no guilt in what he has done. He has become very ruthless throughout the play and has no sense of what is right or wrong. Macbeth only cares about power. He has shown many evil things throughout this play, but what shows his evil the most would be the killing of all those innocent people. Macbeth returns to good when he realizes the witches have betrayed him. Everyone has good and evil in them, and Macbeth truly shows it. ...read more.

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