Is Macbeth Good Or Evil

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Our group’s thesis is that man is not inherently good or evil but, is guided by self-interest and fear. The quotes that we discussed had a common theme that man is not truly good or evil but we all have evil inside of us. Mankind is also guided by self-interest and fear which can mold us into becoming eviler rather than good. In Macbeth, it is shown that arrogance is mankind’s biggest issue. “And you all know, security is mortals, chiefest enemy,” (III.vi.32-33). In this context security is defined as too much self-confidence, this quote says that security is our greatest enemy. This quote states that having too much self-confidence is mankind’s greatest problem. This shows that mankind is guided by self-interest. It is our biggest problem, our actions are guided by it.…show more content…
He is seen by Banquo as becoming evil. Banquo fears that Macbeth’s prophecy has come true due to foul play; that he murdered Duncan to become king. He suspects that Macbeth’s actions have been taken over by self-interest. Macbeth is becoming eviler because he is being guided purely by his self-interest. These quotes show that man is not purely good or evil, but rather both, but we are guided by self-interest. In the novel Lord of the Flies, By William Golding, it is shown that man is not inherently good or evil but, is guided by fear and self-interest. One quote we discussed shows how mankind is guided by self-interest. The boys competed to collect sticks for the fire. “Life became a race with the fire and the boys scattered through the upper forest,” (Chapter 2). This quote compares the boy life to the nature of society. When the boys were getting more sticks for the fire it became a competition and a race to get the most sticks and logs. In society, people will race to and do whatever it takes to be first and get what they
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