Role Of Evil In Macbeth

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“ Is Macbeth a victim of his own desires or not.”

"Inside each one of us live two wolves, one is good and the other is evil. Which one wins? The one you feed most." Cherokee legend
The same wolves we see fighting inside Macbeth. Macbeth was a well-respected man and he was loyal to his king until his ambition ended up transforming him. Macbeth immediately after the first prediction of witches completes begins to have thoughts of murdering King Duncan the existing king even though he knows it is wrong. In his mind his ambition justified his actions. And at the end the bad "wolf" won.
If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me
Without my stir. (1.3.147-149)

At first Macbeth thinks that If fate wants him to be king, perhaps fate will just make it happen and he wouldn 't have to do anything but later after he meets king Duncan he notices that he is not the only one who received a honor but also Malcolm was named prince and after Duncan 's death Malcolm would became king . Here we see the beginning of the evil thoughts in Macbeth 's mind.
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The prince of Cumberland! That is a step
On which I must fall down, or else o 'erleap,
For in my way it lies. (1.4.50-53)
...The eye wink at the hand, yet let that be
Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see. (1.4.55-56)

Here we do understand that he doesn 't want to commit the murder, but he is still going to do that thing he is horrified to do because his ambition is stronger than his conscience .

All hail ... thane of Glamis!
...thane of Cawdor!
... that shall be king hereafter! "(1.3.49-51)
The salutations of the weird sisters toward him do only predict the future of Macbeth , the witches neither force nor suggest Macbeth that he should murder Duncan . He thought to kill Duncan himself even though at the beginning he was insecure, later it vanishes by his wife 's manipulations who knew well her husband 's thoughts. She knew that deep inside of him , he wanted to be a king and this led him into killing

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