Macbeth Good And Evil Analysis

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What is it to be good or evil? Truthful versus deceitful? In Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, Macbeth is given a prophecy by three witches that he shall be King and Banquo, his noble friend, shall be the father of kings. Macbeth didn 't like the idea of sharing power and wanted it all to himself. He contemplates killing King Duncan but is forced to commit to it by his wife, Lady Macbeth. Macbeth 's confidence diminishes and when he begins to meet his true fate. A powerful theme shown in Macbeth is that anyone can be susceptible to being both good and evil; this is shown through the snowballing effects of Macbeth 's potential idea of evil, to his guilt of murdering Duncan and Banquo, and his and Lady Macbeth 's eventual downfall due to committing worse deeds for power. Anyone can be capable of good or evil, and in this case, Macbeth was shown as becoming potentially evil towards the beginning of the play. This is introduced when the witches first told Macbeth the good fortunes that were going to come to him. In the first spell they cast they chanted, “Fair is foul, and foul is fair,” (1.1.12). This quote is nearly foreshadowing the rest of the play. This reveals how situations that may appear to be good in reality could be very evil, or vice versa. This is also present when Macbeth is …show more content…

Therefore, anyone can be susceptible of being either both good or evil. This ties into another recurring theme of the search for power. Throughout Macbeth, he is trying to gain power by killing the King, and begins to get greedy and power driven to his fate. A lesson to be learned from the play is how you should never let power control you. Having power can be a good thing for you and the people around you, for instance, Duncan was a powerful King and very worthy and respected by his people. However, power can also be very dangerous if it is abused. Power can make you become selfish and unaware of who and what you may be destroying in your path to

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