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Who is responsible for the evil in 'MacBeth'?

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Monday 19th January Who is responsible for the evil in 'MacBeth'? During this essay I am going to discuss the actions of MacBeth, Lady MacBeth and the Witches. I am going to take into consideration the way that Shakesphere presents them and the drama he creates in their characterisation. As the play starts, the audience are immediately introduced to the witches who are talking in riddles and rhymes. They mention MacBeth's name before the audience have even been introduced to him. Shakesphere intentionally does this so that it hints to the audience that the witches have something against MacBeth. The witches use words like "fair is foul and foul is fair" and "Hover through the fog and filthy air." Shakesphere does this to show the audience that the witches are nasty and full of evil. The second time the audience meets the witches, they are meeting with MacBeth. First though they are on their own talking about MacBeth and then he arrives. MacBeth uses the same words that the witches use in the first scene to describe the day that they will meet. MacBeth proclaims, "So foul and fair a day I have not seen." Shakesphere does this so that the audience can see that they are making correct predictions about the future before they even know what is going to happen in the play. ...read more.


When the witches next appear they are stereo-typically composing a nasty and foul brew. Shakesphere has made MacBeth believe the witches predictions so that he will continuously go back. This plays right into the hands of the witches who are manipulating the situation. On MacBeth's second visit to the witches they give him four apparitions. The first of which, they tell him "Beware Macduff". The second is "None of woman born, shall harm MacBeth". Shakesphere intentionally and cleverly places this apparition because at first you immediately think, well everybody is born of a woman so what does he need to worry about. This is exactly what MacBeth thinks and is even more confident when he hears the third apparition. Once again cleverly and deliberately written to cause confusion by Shakesphere, because a wood cannot climb a hill. The fourth and final apparition shows eight Kings with Banquo last and a glass in his hands. Shakesphere has now mentally destroyed MacBeth with the use of the witches but MacBeth is still confident because of the apparitions. The witches' predictions have caused MacBeth to act in such an evil way. They have made a massive contribution to the evil in the play. ...read more.


MacBeth's evil shows again when he sends an assassin to kill Banquo because he knows MacBeth killed Duncan. In another soliloquy MacBeth realises he has killed the king for no reason because his children shall not be king. "Fruitless Crown" and "Barren Sceptre". Lady MacBeth now is showing "doubtful joy" but puts on a brave face for MacBeth. MacBeth can't sleep now; he envies Duncan at peace "Affliction of these terrible dreams, that shake us nightly". "O, full of scorpions is my mind dear wife", the state of mind brought on by his guilt. Shakesphere does this to show that MacBeth is not evil. MacBeth after seeing Banquo's ghost, realises "I am in blood stepp'd in so far, that should I wade no more, returning were as tedious as go o'er". Showing his evil side. MacBeth meets the witches who tell him of his 4 apparitions and MacBeth leaves feeling confident that he can't be beaten but once he comes face to face with Macduff he knows it is over. MacBeth's evil is most injected by the witches and aided by Lady MacBeth but once it is within him he can't help but make it worse by turning thoughts into actions. As for Lady MacBeth, right from the first words that she speaks in the play, other than the reading of MacBeth letter, you can see that she is not a nice person. ...read more.

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