Macbeth Good And Evil Essay

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William Shakespeare, a poet, playwright and actor of the 16th century, was widely regarded as the greatest English writer due to many reasons one being his ability to write plays that explore a range of themes that still exist today. In the tragic play “Macbeth”, Shakespeare reveals both good and evil characteristics of humanity. This is presented in the lead characters, Macbeth and lady Macbeth and highlighted with a range of language techniques and narrative devices.

In the beginning of the play, Shakespeare clearly portrays Macbeth as the admirable hero. Many soldiers inform Duncan of Macbeths bravery, “for brave Macbeth well he deserves the name”, demonstrating that ...view middle of the document...

Macbeth’s obsession to power leads him to contemplating his kings death which is revealed in his distressed dialogue, “stars, hide your fires, let not light see my black and deep desires”. Light and dark imagery is used to contrast the good and evil in Macbeth’s thoughts. Macbeth knows that what he is thinking of doing is wrong yet he still succumbs to his evil nature. Macbeth soon becomes paranoid of losing his throne, which leads him to the next step of his downfall, killing Banquo. “Banquo, thy soul's flight, if it find heaven, must find it out to-night." Macbeth’s soliloquy shows no hint of remorse even as he plans the murder of his best friend. This again shows how far Macbeth has fallen into his evil nature. At the end of the play, through other characters dialogue we see Macbeth named as “Fiend of Scotland” and “tyrant” as well as “butcher” and “monster”. The negative descriptions as well as the metaphor of butcher emphasizes how hated he is due to his corruptions. Through Macbeth Shakespeare demonstrates how even good men can easily fall into their evil natures.

Although Macbeth is responsible for the murders, Lady Macbeth was the mastermind behind them. Lady Macbeth an overly ambitious women demonstrates her evil nature when calling for spirtis. “Come, you sprits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full Of direst cruelty! ’’. In the soliloquy, Shakespeare uses imagery to convey her evil nature and desire to becoming violent and cruel. Lady Macbeth shows the manipulative side to her character as she taunts her husband, “When you durst do it, then you were a man; And, to be more than what you were, you would Be so much more the man”. Lady Macbeth states he once had the daring personality needed to...

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