Role Of Evil In Macbeth

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‘Macbeth and Lady Macbeth commit monstrous acts, but they are not monsters. Discuss.’ ‘Fate’ and ‘Ambition’ are the two keys components that drive the play Macbeth forward. In terms of plot and characterization, the two powerful characters Macbeth and Lady Macbeth take fate into their hands to reach towards their goals which lead to a series of misfortunes and sins which turns them from an ambitious person into a monster.
The play starts with the three witches quoting,
‘Fair is foul, and foul is fair;
Hover through the fog and filthy air’.
Apart from the use of a trochaic tetrameter in structure, it’s the alliteration and the reference to humours that add to these lines in the play. One can assume that to the witches anything fair would be foul to the mankind and anything fair to the mankind is foul to the witches. Therefore through these two lines we can foreshadow the
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The Thane of Cawdor lives,
A prosperous gentleman’; Punctuation plays a major role in this line, the commas and question marks gives us an assurance about the fact that Macbeth knows who he is and its content but at the same time he is very inquisitive about his future after being instigated by the witches calling him the ‘Thane of Cawdor’. Therefore is asking the witches to tell him more about the future and how will he become the Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth then further questions the witches about their knowledge and the reason why they have come to them. Macbeth is amazed by the vanishing of the sisters and is left unanswered.
As the play unravels, we see that the character of Macbeth takes destiny in his hands. Though the character is not filled with pure thoughts, there’s still a point of dilemma within the being as he quotes that he’s not only the ‘kinsmen’ of Duncan but also the ‘host’ who ‘shuts the door again the murtherer and not bear the knife itself’.
‘That his virtues
Will plead like angels,

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