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Who is mainly responsible for the evil in Macbeth?

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Tom maderrson 10.9 English coursework Who is mainly responsible for the evil in Macbeth? Macbeth is a complex play and goes into the deepest emotions of a human desire when under pressure or suffering from guilt. The three people in the play who I think each have a part to play in the evil of the play are Macbeth, Lady Macbeth and the three witches. I will examine their language and the meaning behind their words and actions, one by one before determining who is mainly responsible for the evil in 'Macbeth'. Macbeth is (at the beginning of the play) one of the most respected soldiers in Scotland, Thane of Glamis and is soon to be Thane of Cawdor, as he finds in his first meeting with the three witches(Act 1, scene three) they also tell him he "will be king hereafter" to which he responds "tell me more" this outburst of desperation for knowledge shows his ambitious qualities coming across but here he doesn't seem to have taken it in that he'll be king and jokes with his best friend Banquo, he doesn't suspect the prophecy to be true. When he hears news that he has been chosen to be Thane of Cawdor he is filled with the pleasure at the prospect of becoming king but his earlier words aren't carried out in his actions "chance may ...read more.


his wife to pretend he usually has breakdowns like that, "My lord is often thus", as she knows nothing about the murder of Banquo she believes he has broken down due to the guilt of the murder of king Duncan. Macbeth's first public appearance as king ends in failure and people question his integrity Macbeth responds by seeking council from the witches and not his wife. As Macbeth approaches the a witch speaks "something wicked this way comes" I believe this refers to Macbeth the witches apparently know that Macbeth's been up to no good and this means they believe Macbeth is now wicked and or evil, they voice their thoughts though out of Macbeth's earshot. Macbeth is now branded evil by the witches and suggests he has become evil through his actions between his first meeting with the witches and now. Macbeth has now reached his full potential of evil for he has killed his noble king and close friend and both for his own glory. Lady Macbeth is a very complex character and when she receives a letter from her husband concerning the prophecy she calls on the devil "the raven" and asks of it to "unsex her" this is asked so she will not feel any remorse over what she wishes to do(kill the king)here we see Lady Macbeth's first reaction towards half of the prophecy ...read more.


is in a way good since Macbeth is destined for evil, despite this it would seem that Macbeth tries not to be taken over by his ambitious attributes right from the beginning when he says "Chance may crown me without my stir". After this point Macbeth almost stops himself from taking action in his soliloquy after he was proclaimed Thane of Cawdor, Macbeth has tried hard not to give in, but the reassurance of another person (Lady Macbeth) pushes him over the edge and causes him to do the deed. For this reason I believe Lady Macbeth is mainly responsible for the evil in this play this is because she is the one who gives the final action that causes Macbeth to kill for the throne this sets the ball rolling for Macbeth to kill his best friend to cover his tracks. The witches I believe are the second most to blame for the evil in the play because they more than likely knew that Macbeth was capable of evil and so gave him a prophecy that probably wouldn't have been true if he did not know about it, in all probability it was only true that Macbeth would become thane of Cawdor if the witches hadn't told him that he'd be king he wouldn't have even thought about killing the king and sent a message to lady Macbeth. ...read more.

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