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Shakespeares tragedy Macbeth explores the evil nature of human beings and the deed which they commit that brings upon their downfall in society.

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Shakespeare?s tragedy ?Macbeth? explores the evil nature of human beings and the deed which they commit that brings upon their downfall in society. In Shakespeare?s production of Macbeth many aspects of evil over-ride the play. Themes, issues and certain characters express the nature of evil, present in the play. The evil in the play ?Macbeth? can be identified from the first Act in Scene One, from the very point where the audience gets introduced to the weird sisters (The three witches) In the middle of a thunderstorm. As the line ?foul is fair and fair is foul? is said the stability and calmness of the scene has been shaken. If labels were accurately labelled a secure sense of calmness and stability would be present. The incorrect labelling brings upon a dark atmosphere where a threat of mass destruction and high confusion is created this is evident in ?Macbeth: ?the frame of Things Disjoint? essay by Victoria Stec. The purpose of the poor weather of Scene One is to impact upon the viewers to feel the political crisis that is coming around in the play. There is a definite theme of evil present in the following acts to come. ...read more.

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These evil actions are all caused Lady Macbeths flaw of ambition. Her evil nature split up a family as King Duncan?s two sons Malcolm and Donaldbain fled to England in fear of their lives as their father was savagely stabbed in bed. This started of the political crisis of Scotland. The actions that occur in Act Three gives the over riding theme of evil more flare. These actions can be shown in the storyline as Banquo suspicions involved with being appointed King of Scotland. This leads to the breakdown of their long term friendship. Such a disconnection of such close friends can only be described as evil. Macbeth?s memory of the consultation with the supernatural is still fresh in his mind. He remembers the witches? prophecy?s of how Banquo will father generations of kings. This leads Macbeth to assign a pair of murderers to murder Banquo and his son Fleance are responsible for all their ill-luck in the past. The act of killing a friend for ones own benefit is such a despicable evil act. This act shows how Macbeth?s deadly flaw is really affecting his livelihood as he is distancing his close friends and family. ...read more.

Conclusion

His evil nature of personality has distanced many of the people in the past that had once been loyal to him. We see the insanity of his wife as the guilt of murdering King Duncan triggered her suicide. The audience sees the lack emotions that Macbeth expresses at the news of Lady Macbeth?s death. This is evident in the line 15-25 in Act 5 Scene 5 ?She should have died hereafter, Tomorrow, and tomorrow...?, The lack of emotions shows the evil, inhumane person he has become due to his deadly flaw taking full force. Macbeth is beyond the point of mending the evil crimes that he as committed in the past as it is too late and pointless. The fight between Macbeth and Siwards son shows how Macbeth?s respect of human life is shockingly low. The murder of Macbeth by Macduff was the only way out of his evil tainted life. The audience see Macbeth as a tragic hero, due to his fatal flaw his respect in society came crashing down as his fatal flaw took over his livelihood. The over-riding theme of evil is expressed throughout the five acts in many ways present in the play Macbeth. The evil over-rides the play completely. ...read more.

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