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Who is responsible for the evil in 'Macbeth'?

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Task: Who is responsible for the evil in 'Macbeth'? Discuss the parts played by Lady Macbeth and the Witches, considering what they do and say and how Shakespeare presents them dramatically. There is a lot of evil in the play of 'Macbeth' and I feel that Macbeth himself is responsible for this. At the beginning of the play we meet our first possible source of evil 'the witches'. When we first meet them much drama is added by the effects of thunder and rain. This gives the impression of evil. When the witches talk it is effective because it is more of a chant, they chant about meeting again, "When shall we three meet again? In thunder lightening or in rain?" We see that the witches are evil but they appear to have a supernatural element to them because they are predicting the future. They predict a battle and know who will win ~ "When the battle is lost and won". ...read more.


to make Macbeth be king even if she has to kill Duncan herself but is concerned that Macbeth is too kind and loyal to consider it. "Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be what thou art promis'd: yet do I fear thy nature, it is too full o'th' milk of humane kindness." After hearing this everybody in the audience knows she is evil because she makes no effort to disguise the fact of it. It is her decision to kill King Duncan. Later Duncan arrives at Macbeth's castle and Shakespeare shows Lady Macbeth to be extremely two faced "look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under it." Macbeth feels uncertain about killing Duncan because he is worried of being caught. He tries to make his feelings heard towards Lady Macbeth "We shall proceed no further in this business" but Lady Macbeth with her short temper and powerful cleverly spoken words "how tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me, I would, while it was smiling in my face, have pluck'd my nipple from his boneless gums, and dashed the brains out, had I so sworn as you have done to this." ...read more.


"Application of these terrible dreams that shake us nightly" Lady Macbeth's state of mind is brought on by guilt. In the banquet scene Shakespeare shows the audience that Lady Macbeth still has control when Macbeth humiliates himself in front of all the Thanes when he sees Banquo's ghost. Shakespeare does this by portraying her in complete control by her sending all the other Thanes away. Her being in control has been an issue constantly repeating itself through the play. Lady Macbeth towards the end of the play is very ill she is a very disturbed woman this is shown by her sleep walking. She is extremely guilty. It was obvious it wouldn't be long until her death. The three witches who entered the play in a particularly dramatically way are foul creatures who have constantly tricked Macbeth through the play. In their final scene they tell Macbeth some exceedingly good news, so the audience thinks until this is revealed as false and misleading information. There is plenty of dramatic tension brought into the play by the witches and Shakespeare has cleverly done this through the language they use and also in their appearance. ...read more.

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