Evils And Evil Habits In William Shakespeare's Macbeth

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Macbeth is a Shakespearian play set in Scotland in the 11th century. The play centres around Macbeth’s ambition, and how his ambition caused him to spiral out of control. Macbeth puts his faith into the prophecies of three witches after their first prophecy came true. This leads him to believe that their second prophecy stating that he would become King of Scotland is going to come true. He then does everything possible to make sure he will become King, while under the continuous pressure of Lady Macbeth to assure that he will go through with the murder. Immediately killing King Duncan, Macbeth becomes paranoid and feels immense guilt and is openly expressing this. During his reign as king, Macbeth turns out to be a cruel and tyrannical king, …show more content…
The play continues through Macbeth’s evil actions, and the consequences that follow because of these actions. Macbeth does not start off as an evil character, but because of his ambitions to become king, he devolves into a cruel person with evil intentions. He is introduced as a man with honour and nobility. Until the witches prophecy, Macbeth would have never committed any evil deeds for his own gain. The witches prophecy was that Macbeth would Thane of Cawdor and King. “All hail, Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!” (01.03.50) After the prediction that he would become Thane of Cawdor came true, Macbeth assumed that he would become King without his interference, and that all will happen in due time. “If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me Without my stir.” (01.03.147) Macbeth writes to his wife, Lady Macbeth, telling her about the prophecies. During her soliloquy she reveals that she worries about whether or not Macbeth has what it takes to seize the crown, as he is currently full of human kindness. “Yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o ' th ' milk of human kindness”. Lady Macbeth is one of the most important factors in Macbeths transition from a honourable man into …show more content…
An example of Macbeth’s cruelness and neglect to others emotions is shown when he discovers that Macduff is not on his side, and is not planning on helping him stay on the throne, he is angered because of this and thus murders Macduffs family. “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 That trace him in his line.” (04.01.157) Macbeth’s emotional decline into an uncaring villain is shown more towards the end of the play, when he is in Dunsinane while the forces opposing him are marching against him. While realizing his wife is sick with grief and guilt, he does not care and is unconcerned with her and her illness but rather concerns himself with the impending war. When Macbeth learns of her suicide, there is little to no grief or sadness, but instead he concerns himself how he sees life as meaningless. As the play progresses, not only Macbeth’s emotional state declines but also his mental state. He feels as if he is untouchable because of the witches statement that “None of woman born / shall harm Macbeth”. When a messenger tells him that there is a moving forest coming towards the castle, Macbeth

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