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Who is the most evil character in the play Macbeth?

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Introduction

Who is the most evil character in the play Macbeth? Macbeth was written after the death of Queen Elizabeth I. On her deathbed, unmarried and childless, she had named her successor James VI of Scotland. He became James I of England. Shakespeare wrote the play with the new King in mind. James believed in the Divine Right of Kings - that Kings were appointed by god. People in Shakespeare's time believed in God and the devil, and in heaven and hell as real places. They also believed in witchcraft and magic. James I was especially interested in the subject and wrote a book about it called Daemonologie. The play of Macbeth focuses a lot around the theme of evil, especially on 3 main characters, Macbeth, Lady Macbeth and The three Witches. ...read more.

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"All hail Macbeth that shalt be King hereafter." Macbeth is a Scottish general and the thane of Glamis who is led to wicked thoughts by the prophecies of the three witches, especially after their prophecy that he will be become thane of Cawdor comes true. "The Thane of Cawdor lives. Why do you dress me in borrowed robes...but treasons, confessed and proved, have overthrown him." Macbeth is a brave soldier and a powerful man. He is easily tempted into murder to fulfil his ambitions to the throne, and once he commits his first crime and is crowned King of Scotland, he embarks on further crimes with increasing ease. Macbeth is one of the most evil characters because he commits treason and murders many other people. ...read more.

Conclusion

Afterward, however, she begins to go insane. Towards the end of the play, she has been reduced to sleepwalking through the castle, desperately trying to wash away an invisible bloodstain. "Here's the smell of blood still: all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand." Once the guilt has set in, Lady Macbeth's sensitivity becomes a weakness, and she is unable to cope. She kills herself, showing us that she is unable to cope with guilt of King Duncan's murder hanging over her head. Lady Macbeth is one of the most evil characters because she is responsible for the making Macbeth kill King Duncan. In Conclusion I believe all 3 of these characters are evil but Lady Macbeth is clearly the most evil character in the play because she is so desperate for royalty that she manipulates her husband into committing treason and many other murders. ...read more.

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