Macbeth Good Vs Evil

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Imagine being presented with the opportunity for greater things, such as power, wealth, and respect, but could only achieve this life through destruction. In William Shakespeare’s drama, “The Tragedy of Macbeth”, he writes the story of a man named Macbeth, who was faced with this very choice. Driven by twisted truths and his own ambition, Macbeth murders the king of Scotland and ascends the throne, unaware his decision will also lead to his downfall. The predominant theme of good vs. evil had surrounded Macbeth as he descended down the path of destruction and emerged in who he faced along the way including himself, Banquo and Macduff. The first signs of evil intent reside within Macbeth himself as he struggles with his morals as a loyal…show more content…
evil is represented through Macduff, whom represents the ‘good’ and Macbeth, who has been completely consumed by his evil counterpart. Macduff has fled to England to plot against Macbeth, therefore, in retaliation Macbeth sends murderers to Macduff’s estate to slaughter his family and staff all-the-while claiming treason as a means of justification. Macbeth says,” The castle of Macduff I will surprise; seize upon Fife; give to th’ edge o’ th’ sword his wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls…” (Act IV,scn i, ln 150-153) Macbeth no longer cares if he kills the innocent. He will do anything and everything to protect his reign, sparing no one who deems a threat. This is why he has Macduff’s family killed, but what Macbeth hadn’t realized was now Macduff had nothing to lose and every reason to destroy him. Macduff states as much when he declares “…front to front bring thou this fiend of Scotland and myself; within my sword’s length set him…” (Act IV, scn iii, ln 233-234) This conflict, that has long been anticipated, arrives when they encounter one another during the invasion of Malcolm’s forces, there to liberate Scotland from its tyrannous leader. Their duel represents the ultimate conflict of good vs. evil. The malicious Macbeth vs the fearless Macduff, who, unfortunately for Macbeth is being driven by revenge and the need to save Scotland. His determination and Macbeth’s own recklessness is what ultimately ended Macbeth’s path of
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