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"Unnatural deeds to breed unnatural troubles". Trace the development of evil and its effect in the play Macbeth.

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"Unnatural deeds to breed unnatural troubles". Trace the development of evil and its effect in the play Macbeth. Shakespeare wrote his plays during the reigns of Elizabeth I and James I (James IV of Scotland) who succeeded Elizabeth in 1603. He was a Scot, interested in witchcraft and supported the theatre. 'Macbeth' was written during his reigns as king. The main topics of 'Macbeth' are regicide and witchcraft. During the Elizabethan period, people were thought to have lived life according to a hierarchical structure. At the top was the king (who was Divinely Appointed by God) and the peasants at the bottom. During this period, people started to question the hierarchy. In 'Macbeth', regicide comes into the play. Regicide is when someone murders the King and breaks the order, defying God. This then led to the thought of unnatural things happening (i.e. witches). Shakespeare tries to use the play 'Macbeth' as propaganda and to show that people should follow the rules of hierarchy. Regicide was considered the worst possible sin. James I also had an interest in witchcraft and the supernatural element in life. The theatre was a good way of entertainment for the King, and James asked Shakespeare to write the play for him. Even from the very beginning of the play, there is a sense of mystery. ...read more.


In the end it gets to her so much that she kills herself. 'Go, get some water, and wash this filthy witness from you hand.' (Act 2 Scene 2) Lady Macbeth is telling Macbeth that a bit of water will wash it all away and make things beter. 'Out, damned spot! Out, I say! ... What, will these hands ne'er be clean?' (Act 5 Scene 1) Lady Macbeth is struggling with the guilt of the murder, she is obsessed with washing her hands and trying to clean them. When Lady Macbeth tries to convince Macbeth to kill King Duncan, she calls upon the spirits and the supernatural to help her. 'Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts' (Act 1 Scene 5) Lady Macbeth wants to get rid of her femininity. 'Unsex me here and fill me from the crown to the toe top-full of direst cruelty' She won't kill the King herself, because she believes a man should do it, which is why she wants to make the spirits make her a man so she doesn't feel guilty. Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth to look happy and cover up the plans of there murder schemes but putting on an act. "Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under it' (Act1 Scene 5) Lady Macbeth feels the guilty, but doesn't show it, she is not afraid of the conciquesnces at this point in the play. ...read more.


In this point in the play, he has lost the will to live, and in this quote, he is very emotionless. Macbeth realises that Banquo was right. 'To doubt th' equivocation of a fiend, that lies like truth' He doesn't trust witches like what Banquo said. The witches promised they'd take him up in life and make his life better, but instead they brought him down. Gradually, the other characters in the play, realise that Macbeth is not a true king - his evil actions have betrayed him. Scotland is described as being sick under Macbeths rule. In Act 4 Scene 3, Malcom says that every day 'a gash is added to her wounds'. Even Macbeth recognises there is something wrong with Scotland and calls it a 'disease'. 'If thou couldst, doctor, cast the water of my land, find her disease, and purge it to a sound and pristine health.' (Act 5 Scene 3). But, in Act 5 Scene 2, Cathness describes Malcom as the medicine that will cure Scotland. 'Meet we the med'cine of the sickly weal, and with him pour we in our country's purge each drop of us. In Act 5 Scene 9, Macduff turns up with Macbeth's head. Malcom makes all the Thanes into Earls to reward them for helping him. Then Malcom invites everyone to him coronation, as he is soon to be the new king. Christine Ramsay 11D ...read more.

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