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The conflict between good and evil in Macbeth.

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Introduction

The Conflict Between Good And Evil In Macbeth It is clear from the start of the play that the witches are the main source of evil. The witches have an enormous effect on the play, not only are they evil, but this is emphasized by the strong feelings against witchcraft in Elizabethan times. The Convicted witches were regularly tortured and executed. Almost everyone believed in witches and there was hardly any opposing persecution. King James the 1st was also interested in the superstition, and he interrogated the accused witches himself. It is clear from the start of the play that the witches play a key role. The first scene is the witches planning to meet Macbeth. ...read more.

Middle

These predictions astonish Macbeth due to their sudden nature. This enables the witches to be able to lure Macbeth into a false sense of security and make Macbeth do their evil dirty work. The witches do manipulate Macbeth and when he tells Lady Macbeth of the predictions, an evil plan is constructed and the witches plan is going according to plan. "I've done the deed." This deed is the worst possible crime, Macbeth has murdered king Duncan in cold blood, evil has triumphed over good. Macbeth, the good brave warrior at the beginning of the play has been driven by his ambition powered by the witches to be king. "Look like the innocent flower, But be the serpent under�t." ...read more.

Conclusion

"By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes." This quote is significant as it illustrates the change in Macbeth throughout the play, now even the witches consider Macbeth to be evil. However, when looking at the path of destruction that Macbeth has left behind him it isn't very surprising. Just one man driven by his ambition to be king has led to a chain reaction of murders In Summary the whole play is about the battle of good versus evil; at the opening of the play Macbeth is fighting for good, for gracious Duncan against rebels, the witches mostly bring out the evil in Macbeth. Not only are the witches evil themselves but their evilness spreads to other characters throughout the play. I think there is little doubt that without the influence of the witches, Macbeth wouldn't have murdered king Duncan. ...read more.

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