Macbeth Good Versus Evil Essay

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Conflict can tear things apart, and that’s exactly what it does in the play ‘Macbeth’. The function of conflict in the play ‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare reinforces the themes good versus evil, evil ambition and inner conflict. Macbeth experiences conflicts within himself. He undergoes the most obvious conflict before, during, and after killing King Duncan. An example of how Macbeth experiences the conflict before he kills Duncan is when he questions himself if he needs to kill Duncan,"if chance will have me king, why chance may crown me, without my stir". This shows that Macbeth is questioning himself and is conflicting with his good intentions and his evil ambition. It also shows that he does not wish to kill Duncan if there is no need and would like to find any other way of reaching the throne. This portrays to the reader that Macbeth is good at heart and is not an evil character. An example of Macbeth conflicting within himself whilst he is killing Duncan is at the moment he could not say amen, “but wherefore could not I pronounce amen”. This shows that Macbeth is conflicting with his faith and within himself as he undergoes the change from being a kind and valiant man to a nervous and evil person. This dialogue of Macbeth’s also shows how he has accepted the vices of evil because amen is a holy thing to say and evil people never say it. Not being able to pronounce amen is also ironic as the king was meant to be god’s representative on earth, if Macbeth is to be king it is ironic that he cannot pronounce a holy word. One last example of Macbeth’s inner conflict is after he has killed Duncan, “stept in so far that should I wade no more, returning were as tedious as going o’er”. This quote highlights Macbeth’s conflicts within himself. It shows that he does not know whether he has made the right choice killing the king. It also shows that he is un-decided whether he should try return to the path of good, or accept evil and continue down its dark road. These...
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