Show how Macbeth sinks further and further into evil

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Show how Macbeth sinks further and further into evil in the course of the play

Macbeth first starts off as a successful warrior who triumphs over the rebel Macdonald. He then meets the Witches in Act 1 Scene 3 who greet him with three titles: “First Witch: All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Glamis / Second Witch: All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor / Third Witch: All hail Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter.” Macbeth has not yet gained the second and the third titles and so is surprised when Angus and Ross tell him he is now Thane of Cawdor: “Ross: And for an earnest of a great honour, / He bade me, from him, call thee thane of Cawdor.” This immediately causes Macbeth to think about the Witches’ prophecies; the second prophecy just came true (Thane of Cawdor) but he now thinks about becoming king: “Glamis, and Thane of Cawdor: The greatest is behind.” This is the first step into evil for Macbeth.

Macbeth later falls further into evil when he murders Duncan after some persuasion from Lady Macbeth.  This is shown when Macbeth tells his wife that he will murder Duncan and that both of them should hide their evil intentions with pleasant looks at the end of Act 1 Scene 7: “Macbeth: I am settled and bend up / Each corporal agent to this terrible feat. / Away, and mock the time with fairest show, / False face must hide what the false heart doth know.” 

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Macbeth falls further into evil when he does more than what he and his wife had planned: he kills the two guards guarding Duncan’s bedroom. He tries to defend his killing of them in Act 2 Scene 3: “Macbeth: There the murderers, / Steeped in the colours of their trade; their daggers / Unmannerly breeched with gore. Who could refrain, / That had a heart to love and in that heart / Courage to make’s one love?” This shows Macbeth’s plunge into evil as he murdered the two guards without any of his wife’s influence; he murdered them out of ...

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