Evil in Macbeth

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“In Macbeth, Shakespeare presents us with a powerful vision on evil”. There is an evil presence throughout the play; this is evident from the very first scene where we encounter the three witches. Fundamentally, there are two types of evil visible in Shakespeare’s play of Macbeth. The evil which we see, the violent acts, the violent imagery, then there is a sense of evil within the characters themselves, and the three witches, as they are considered evil beings. All of these elements combine to establish an overall atmosphere of evil.

Lady Macbeth is a striking character in the play The language she uses serves a similar purpose to that of the King's attendants, but it is even more horrifying coming from a woman. However, she rejects the softness usually attributable to women - "the milk of human kindness." Instead she wishes to be poisonous and cruel: "Unsex me here and fill me from the crown to the toe top full of direst cruelty this is one of the most chilling and most disturbing speeches in the play. This goes to show how evil Macbeth himself actually is as he had no influences

By embracing evil, Lady Macbeth and Macbeth have committed unnatural actions that disturb them. Their guilt does not leave them in peace, and slowly degrades their health. Macbeth's guilt causes him to act strangely in front of his guests, and it disturbs him deeply. Macbeth's guilt is deeply mutilated, and it only affects him when he hallucinates His guilt paralyzes him when he does feel it, but most of the time he is guiltless, and that encourages him to commit more murder. Lady Macbeth does not show guilt throughout the play until her death, which proves that her overwhelming guilt is what killed her. As is seen by her sleepwalking, Lady Macbeth felt guilty of her actions and she replays the events that trouble her during her sleep. "The thane of Fife had a wife. Where is / she now? What, will these hands ne'er be clean?"
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