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Show how Macbeth sinks further and further into evil

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Introduction

´╗┐ictl Show how Macbeth sinks further and further into evil in the course of the play Macbeth first starts off as a successful warrior who triumphs over the rebel Macdonald. He then meets the Witches in Act 1 Scene 3 who greet him with three titles: ?First Witch: All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Glamis / Second Witch: All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor / Third Witch: All hail Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter.? Macbeth has not yet gained the second and the third titles and so is surprised when Angus and Ross tell him he is now Thane of Cawdor: ?Ross: And for an earnest of a great honour, / He bade me, from him, call thee thane of Cawdor.? This immediately causes Macbeth to think about the Witches? prophecies; the second prophecy just came true (Thane of Cawdor) but he now thinks about becoming king: ?Glamis, and Thane of Cawdor: The greatest is behind.? This is the first step into evil for Macbeth. Macbeth later falls further into evil when he murders Duncan after some persuasion from Lady Macbeth. ...read more.

Middle

First of all, he attempts to kills Banquo, his friend, and his son Fleance just because he doesn?t want Banquo?s descendants to become kings after him. This, like the murder of the two guards, was done without the influence or knowledge of Lady Macbeth. Macbeth even hires two murderers in Act 3 Scene 1 (one more in Act 3 Scene 3) to do his dirty work for him: ?Macbeth: This I made good to you in our last conference; passed in probation with you how you were borne in hand? This shows Macbeth telling the Murderers that in their last meeting that Banquo was their enemy and he deceived them. Macbeth sinks further into evil when he tells his wife that ?blood will have blood? and that he has ?Stepped in so far that should I wade no more, / Returning were as tedious as go o?er? after he sees Banquo?s ghost. This shows that Macbeth has killed so many people that he cannot turn back but can only go on, so therefore he will kill anyone who poses as a threat to him. ...read more.

Conclusion

Finally, Macbeth?s attitude to Lady Macbeth later in the play adds to Macbeth?s increasing villainous and evil nature. Macbeth asks the Doctor in Act 5 Scene 3: ?How does your patient, doctor?? This shows that Macbeth has dominated over his wife, unlike in the first two scenes, and calls her ?patient? rather than ?wife?. Also, when Macbeth hears about his wife?s death, he blandly says ?She should have died hereafter.? This shows that Macbeth doesn?t care as much about his wife than in earlier on in the play and just says that she should have died at another time. In general, Macbeth has started off as a successful warrior and loyal subject to Duncan then has murdered his way to the Scottish throne and then murders anyone he suspects to be a threat. His attitude towards Lady Macbeth changes: from being persuaded by Lady Macbeth to commit murder to murdering without his wife?s influence and neglecting her as a partner especially when she mentally breaks down. This shows Macbeth?s plunge into evil and every murder he commits he falls deeper and deeper into it. ...read more.

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