Examples Of Human Nature In Macbeth

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Nature of Humans in Macbeth
Throughout the play Macbeth, Shakespeare shows multiple aspects of human nature and how he views them. He makes it clear that everyone is capable of being simultaneously good and evil. The temptation of evil can easily persuade anyone. The way that society regards gender roles in relationships is not always the best. Throughout Shakespeare’s work, many genuine aspects of the nature of humanity are addressed. People are able to have evil inside them but goodness can still shine through. Soon after the weird witches tell Macbeth that he will be king of Scotland, he begins to experience dark thoughts involving the murder of King Duncan. However, when he first finds himself thinking this, he immediately says
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Towards the beginning of the play, Lady Macbeth controls more of the power in the relationship. After Lady Macbeth reads Macbeth’s letter to her about the prophecies, she says, “Hie thee hither, / That I may pour my spirits in thine ear / And chastise with the valor of my tongue / All that impedes thee from the golden round” (I.v.15-19). She is going to talk her husband into becoming bolder so he can quickly receive the throne, showing how much influence she is aware she has over him. Not only does her power show through her interactions with Macbeth, but in the way she regards herself. When she is thinking on Duncan coming to their castle that night, she says, “The raven himself is hoarse / That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan / Under my battlements” (I.v.28-30). She refers to the castle that she and Macbeth share as her own castle, showing that she knows that she has the most authority of the two of them. On arriving home, he tells her that they will talk about murdering Duncan later. Lady Macbeth replies, “Only look up clear. / To alter favor ever is to fear. / Leave all the rest to me” (I.v.63-65). She has so much control over him that she tells Macbeth that she will handle the murder of Duncan. When Macbeth tries to convince his wife to drop the plan of killing Duncan, she immediately tries to guilt him back into completing the task. She says, “What beast was ’t, then, / That made you break this enterprise to me? / When you durst do it, then you were a man…” (I.vii. 47-50). She offends him by questioning his manhood, knowing that he won’t harm her. Although society probably looked down upon the way they interacted, Macbeth and his wife were happier when their relationship was in this format. As soon as the witches tell Macbeth his prophecies, he immediately sends a letter to his wife. In it he says, “This have I thought good to deliver thee, my dearest partner of greatness,

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