The Nature Of Evil In Macbeth

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William Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth was written in approximately 1605 / 1606. The setting takes place during the medieval time around the mid-eleventh century in Scotland; England. Throughout Macbeth, the nature of evil explores and shapes the play in the way that: people with the mindset of power and ambition can present the nature of evil that shapes the world of tragedy. Next, the supernatural analyzes the nature of evil that shapes many plays. Lastly, weather plays a very important role in the nature of evil that present evil is lurking. Though the nature of evil is one of the many visions that shape the play, it is seen as the most profound vision of them all. First of all, people whose mindset are full of power and ambition demonstrates…show more content…
Macbeth began to turn evil when he decides to commit regicide on King Duncan, and all he could think about was finishing him off for good, when he said, “If it were done, when ’tis done, then ’twere well / it were done quickly” (Shakespeare 1.7.1-2). Macbeth’s mind was full of ambition to make his last prophecy of becoming King of Scotland come true, that instead of celebrating himself as Thane of Cawdor, he consumes himself with the witches and his ambitions that he became one of the nature of evil itself. Furthermore, Macbeth’s act of evil continues and became darker after he became King of Scotland. After becoming King, he went on a murdering rampage for those who got in his way of trying to strip him of his leadership, and that even meant killing his best friend Banquo and Banquo’s son Fleance. Before Banquo died, he spoke, “O, treachery! Fly, good Fleance, fly, fly, fly! / Thou mayst revenge. O slave!” (3.3.25-26). Because Macbeth did not want Banquo’s prophecy of coming from a line of Kings, he orders men’s to kill Banquo but also Fleance too, for the reasons that if Banquo dies Fleance would become King, however, Fleance got away. One of Macbeth’s last killings was the most tragic of them all when he ordered his men’s to kill…show more content…
The three main supernatural occurrences in Macbeth are the witches, the dagger and Banquo’s ghost. The witches are seen in the opening of the play, as they all cry out, “Fair is foul, and foul is fair” (1.1.11). This phrase shows the evil within the witches, showing that though people, things and events may seem good or bad, they all turn out to be the opposite. These dark and ominous words also connect to Macbeth as he says a similar line to the witches further on in the text that foreshadows evil is to come and Macbeth’s upcoming meeting with the three witches. The dagger is shown in Macbeth as one of Macbeth’s hallucinations as he sees it as “a dagger which I see before me, / The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee” (2.1.40-41). The dagger that Macbeth sees represents evil as it is pushing Macbeth to commit the crime of killing King Duncan. Without the dagger in the play, the play would change because Macbeth may not have been able to kill King Duncan, resulting in his prophecy to not come true. This thus shows the significance of the air drawn dagger. Lastly, in Act 3, Scene 4 when everyone is sitting around the table for the banquet that Macbeth is hosting, when Macbeth gets there he said, “The table’s full” (33.4.56). Macbeth meant that Banquo’s ghost was sitting in his seat and that he is able to see Banquo, while the apparition is invisible to Macbeth’s guest. The
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