Macbeth Essay

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Some people believe they are truly good natured. However, most have a little bit of evil within them. Even the highest ranked individuals possess inner evil, a fact revealed in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Macbeth demonstrates his evil nature when he kills his acquaintances and hides his true intentions in order to reach his goals. Some might believe Lady Macbeth is evil due to her plot to kill Duncan, but her malicious deed pales in comparison to Macbeth’s wrongdoings. Macbeth has a higher capacity for evil than his wife Lady Macbeth.

Macbeth commits several murders for his own personal gain as an evil ruler. For example, he tries to hide his true intentions in order to pass some obstacles and thinks “I am settled and bend up/ Each corporal agent to this terrible feat./ Away, and mock the time with the fairest show./ False face must hide what the false heart doth know”(I,vii,90-93). Macbeth plans to manipulate those around him. He is determined to commit murder on Duncan. Though Lady Macbeth inspires her husband to do evil deeds, Macbeth himself chooses to go through with the plan. Macbeth also kills Banquo because the prophecy says that Banquo’s son will be king. He sacrifices a close friend in order to maintain his high title. Macbeth wants to keep his throne permanently and plans to kill Macduff, so he thinks to himself, “Then live, Macduff. What need I fear of thee?/ But yet I’ll make assurance double sure/ And take a bond of fate. Thou shalt not live!”(IV,i,92-95). He sees Macduff as a threat. Macbeth is already assured that he cannot be dethroned by Macduff, yet he doesn’t want to take a chance, and attempts to take care of this minor threat. Macbeth is truly a greater sinner than Lady Macbeth.

Macbeth also commits fraud and harms innocent people during his reign as king. For example, Macbeth has already committed murder, and is determined to continue killing, so he tells his wife “More shall they speak; for now I am bent to know/ By the...
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