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Macbeth Is Not Evil Essay

Was Lady Macbeth 'Evil'? Essay

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Lady Macbeth is the penultimate person in the play, especially at the beginning, next to Macbeth himself. And though she does not survive to the end, her influence on Macbeth lasts throughout. She is most influential person in Macbeth´s downfall, next to the witches. However, her relationship with him goes far deeper then that of the witches. It is my belief that the witches act only as a trigger to start the events in the play, and that Lady Macbeth herself was the driving force behind Macbeth´s actions. It is she who he contacts when he meets the witches, and immediately trusts her with the prophecy he is given. The relationship between Macbeth and his wife is paramount to the understanding of a major theme of this…show more content…

Neither of these scenes give many positive points for Lady Macbeth´s character, it does indeed seem that she is just incredibly evil. wwda daw esdadas ayda daba nda kcda dauk; The banquet scene also reveals a few astonishing facets about her, as well as reinforcing her apparent cruelty and ambition. The first part of scene 7 shows a lengthy monologue of Macbeth weighing up the pros and cons of carrying out his wife´s wishes to kill the King. Although Macbeth wants to be King, he is unsure of himself, and it is obvious that he is cracking under the pressure already. Lady Macbeth however, when she sees him in such a state, immediately tries to rectify his weakness, using his pride to blackmail him to her will. It is impressive how she can bend him to her will so easily, to whatever she wished. She again uses veiled words to dupe him, stating that the crown is the "ornament of life" and it would be cowardly not to seek it. While Macbeth is in such an insecure frame of mind, these words infuse him with passion, while he lacks surety; his wife fuels him with pride in his cause. She makes it seem to him that murder is a small price for something so valuable as the crown. Although Macbeth said that he didn´t want to kill the King, I believe he was just trying to goad his wife into changing his mind, knowing that she would make everything seem all right, he does not reveal all his doubts to her, just enough to make sure

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Macbeth is not evil by nature, but is corrupted by others, including the three witches and his wife.

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Question- Macbeth is not evil by nature, but is corrupted by others, including the three witches and his wife.
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Question- Macbeth is not evil by nature, but is corrupted by others, including the three witches and his wife.
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I totally agree with this topic. In the beginning, Macbeth is embraced and hailed by everyone in the kingdom including King Duncan and all the Scottish nobles. Macbeth is seen as a hero, as King Duncan quoted, “How brave and noble Macbeth is!”
Macbeth is led to evil and depraved thoughts after he encounters three witches who prophesies to him that he will become King of Scotland and Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth is intrigued at the possibility of him becoming King, especially after one of the witches’ (that he will become Thane of Cawdor) becomes true. This makes Macbeth very insecure about the future because if all the witches’ predictions come true, it will mean that their prediction that Banquo’s children will be future kings of Scotland; this is another foundation which forces Macbeth to order the murder of Banquo and his son. This shows one of the many ways the three witches corrupt Macbeth’s mind.
As Macbeth grows more and more ambitious at the prospect of being king he is driven and influenced to do evil by his wife, Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth poisons and contaminates Macbeth’s mind with ambition, dreams and violence, she overrides all of Macbeth’s objections, protests and doubt (for example, when Macbeth is vague about committing the murder of King Duncan, Lady Macbeth continuously questions whether Macbeth was a man, this forces Macbeth to commit the murder as a way of proving himself to his wife).
As the story continues Shakeshere uses the three witches’ like a catalyst to help speed up the evil acts and thoughts of Macbeth, They fuel his desires in an evil and immoral way. Macbeth can be compared to a puppet on a string and the witches’ as puppeteers toying, controlling and influencing the way Macbeth views the world and himself (for example, they tell Macbeth that he cannot be killed by a man born of woman, and offcourse he thinks that the witches forecast is true because all their other predictions have come true, and this makes him think he is immortal).
As Macbeth is faced with internal and external struggles, he is pushed and inclined to do evil deeds, this backs up my belief that Macbeth is not evil but is influenced by other characters in Shakeshere’s play.
By: Damien Kamu Form 6CG.

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