Beowulf And Macbeth Comparison Essay

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Evil comes in many different forms; sometimes there is a clear line between good and evil, but there are times where evil can overcome good. The two stories that represents these two forms are Macbeth and Beowulf. In Macbeth, the story starts out with Macbeth who is a loyal servant to King Duncan. His wife convinces Macbeth to kill King Duncan to gain power and become the new king. After hesitating, he murders King Duncan and this starts transforming him into a paranoid person. His paranoia causes him to order the deaths of close friends and allies. This transformation demonstrates how evil takes over good compared to Beowulf where there is already an evil creature present. Beowulf is a story about an evil creature named Grendel who terrorizes the castle of Hrothgar, killing many. Hrothgar calls Beowulf to kill Grendel and other villains which shows the distinct line between good and evil. Evil is worse in Macbeth, because it slowly seeps in and ultimately takes over Macbeth’s character, whereas in Beowulf, it is stagnant, remaining in the souls of the depraved like Grendel. One known factor to Macbeth’s corruption is his wife, Lady Macbeth.…show more content…
He hesitates before killing King Duncan but she takes advantage of his weak nature and reassures him that it will be fine (Sentov 31). Even when Macbeth is shocked that he killed King Duncan, Lady Macbeth finishes his job by smearing blood on the guards without hesitation. This shows how far she will go to get what she wants. She is also seen as a bad wife because even though the king is their guest, she exploits the situation and uses that opportunity to kill him (31). Despite all these things, she is a very loyal wife. She helps Macbeth when he kills the king whih demonstrates that she wants to improve Macbeth’s future and do everything for him (31). After the murder of King Duncan with help from his wife, Macbeth starts his journey into

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