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Write about the theme of evil in the play 'Macbeth'

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Andrew Jefferson G.C.S.E English Coursework Write about the theme of evil in the play 'Macbeth' The theme of evil in the play Macbeth makes a vivid impression on the audience. The play is structured around the theme of evil and is linked to many of the characters, especially Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Macbeth is strong physically, but weak mentally as shown throughout the play. Lady Macbeth is depicted as a manipulative, greedy person, who will stop at nothing to gain wealth, and position for her husband and herself. This theme of evil in the play begins with the entrance of the three witches; witches are traditionally linked with evil and wicked deeds and the like. The scene is set on a dark, stormy windswept heath; so creating a dark powerful atmosphere. This is known as a pathetic fallacy, where the weather creates a mood and a setting. Throughout the play, the witches- referred to as the 'weird sisters' play upon Macbeths ambitions like puppeteers. ...read more.


Shakespeare uses Macbeth to show the terrible effects that ambition and guilt can have on a man who lacks strength of character. As we continue through the play, we learn more about his weaknesses. As we already know Macbeths strength, his weaknesses is his ambition. His ambition becomes too much for him, he can not cope with all the problems. Macbeth is lead on by his wife to believe he can kill others to become successful, but this leaves Macbeth feeling guilty. Lady Macbeth is one of the characters central to the play. She is the stronger of the two and actively leads Macbeth into committing the evil 'deed.' In the play Lady Macbeth calls upon the evil spirits to change her into a man. 'Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here and fill me from the crown to the toe topfull of direst cruelty; make thick my blood, stop up th' access and passage to remorse...... ...read more.


In thunder, lightning, or in rain?' (Act 1, scene1) 'How goes the night boy?' 'The moon is down; I have not heard the clock' 'And she goes down at twelve' (Act 2, scene1. Banquo and Fleance) Shakespeare in addition describes the appearance of his characters. In the play Shakespeare uses the colours red and black; these colours are usually associated with darkness and evil. The use of these colours is very effective, most scenes are set in darkness, this sets the tone of the scene. It is the characters themselves, who are clothed in dark, dull or black clothes; however one character, Lady Macbeth, described as a dark and passionate, ambitious women, is frequently clothed in red. The colour itself represents/symbolises passion and evil, and therefore the colour red can be metaphorically associated with many sides to Lady Macbeth's character. But it is the colour black that is true to her character, as it is Lady Macbeth's heart that is 'black.' ...read more.

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