Evil in William Shakespeare's Macbeth Essay

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Evil in William Shakespeare's Macbeth

MacBeth is a play preoccupied with evil. There is a potential for evil in people in the natural and the supernatural world. It documents the evil brought out by a tormented king.

The word evil in the question means something or someone is bad or harmful. The word supernatural means something or someone from another world.

The play was written in 1906 as a tribute to King James the 1st of England. Shakespeare wrote it. King James was fascinated as most people were at that time by witchcraft. He was also intrigued by the notion of the divine right of Kings. The people at the time believed that Kings were appointed by God, this makes the murder of
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His connection to the witches is the language. MacBeths reaction to the witch's prophecies suggests he had hardboard thoughts of becoming King, again he is linked with the evil witches.

MacBeths aside quote lines 50-54, is full of dark imagery , evil and deception in Scene four

In scene five Lady MacBeth makes her 2nd speech , it is an invocation of evil as she wishes to be freed from emotion and conscience so she could assist her husband in gaining the crown. Her language is violent and shocking. The imagery of darkness recalls Mac Beths earlier invocation of darkness. Lines 49 - 52.

In scene 7 Banquo can't sleep. He has a premonition of evil and has dreamt of the witches.

In act two scene one the evil thickens even further as Mac Beth murders Duncan. Mac Beth realises what he has done. He fears that his eyes will be plucked out. The word 'plucked' gives you an image of the evil he thinks will be done onto him. We now realise the enormity of the deed and the evil associated with it.

Mac Duff uses Christian imagery 'Sac religious murder', 'The Lords anointed temple' to highlight the enormity of the murder in scene two. Mac Beth kills two guards to cover up the evil he has done.

In scene three we see that evil is linked to the unnatural condition. 'A falcon towering in her pride of place was by a mousing owl hawked at and killed'. 'And horses have turned wild

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