The Source of Evil – Macbeth

This essay will depict the character of Macbeth and how Shakespeare was able was to manipulate the character of Macbeth changes during the play. However, much of this essay will focus on the driving force that caused Macbeth to commit such evil deeds. Most critics have argued that lady Macbeth was the single most powerful and soulful driving force. Her whispering in Macbeth’s ear, telling him that he will only be considered a man if he kills and her manipulations is a fantastic and degrading aspect portrayed of the female by Shakespeare. Shakespeare is thought to have used a female to convey negative aspects; however, what is forgotten is that Macbeth is a man who is both egotistical and full of greed. Then play begins with Macbeth as a brave soldier fighting for King Duncan. He is shown to be loyal and loving towards his king. We know this because King Duncan had said “O valiant cousin! Worthy gentleman.” Perhaps Macbeth is even a relative of the King and if not, he is at least given the status of a noble gentleman who Duncan believes to be as a “cousin’ to him. Macbeth’s purity and his positive aspects are acknowledged, even by the captain guard who has also stated, “For brave Macbeth, well he deserves that name” again indicating that he deserves good deeds and not bad and is good. Therefore if Macbeth is congratulated and praised it would indicate that he is a good person, or is he? On his way back from battle Macbeth and friend Banquo meet three witches who greet him saying “all hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee ” thane of Glamis!” than the second witch “all hail, Macbeth! Hail thee, thane of Cawdor “then the third witch said “All hail, Macbeth! That shalt be king hereafter”. Then the witch turned to Banquo and said you will not be king but your children might. These three pathetic witches, allow of the slow turning of chains in Macbeth’s head. “I shall be king hereafter?’ Macbeth is both conf…

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