Essay about Macbeth : The Breakthrough Of Evil

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Macbeth: The Breakthrough Of Evil
Martin Luther King Jr. once stated that, “every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” In the play Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, the tragic hero, Macbeth, chooses to live his life through destructive selfishness disregarding his good character. He chooses to please only himself. Macbeth is basically “good”; he freely chooses to commit acts of evil. Throughout the play, Macbeth ignores his good conscious, listening instead to his evil one, he lets evil consume himself and acts on those feelings, and he realizes evil has destroyed his life leaving him lonely and depressed. The evil in Macbeth overcomes his once dominate good side. Throughout the play, Macbeth displays his good side. At the beginning of the play, Macbeth is a noble general that captures and kills two traitors: the Thane of Cawdor and MacDonwald. Because of Macbeth’s acts, King Duncan is smitten. He has complete trust in Macbeth and feels he forever owes him his gratitude. Ross, another nobleman, states, “The Thane of Cawdor, began a dismal conflict: / Till that Bellona’s bridegroom, lapp’d in proof, / Confronted him with self-comparisons” (1.2.61-63). Ross and King Duncan are discussing Macbeth’s brilliance by declaring that he’s similar to the goddess of war. This signifies that Macbeth was once a person that affiliated himself with good. This changes after he kills King Duncan, Banquo…

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