William Shakespeare's "Macbeth" is a play in which a man by the name of
Macbeth, who is presented as a mature man with an uncertain character. At the
beginning of the story, Macbeth's character was a character with strong morals.
As the play went on though, Macbeth's morality lessened immensely. After killing
Duncan he was very paranoid and feared the consequences that would arise. He
knew what he had done wrong. In comparing Duncan's murder with his best friend,
Banquo's murder, He was much more relaxed after Banquo's death. His character
shifted throughout the play. Macbeth, at this point did anything to keep his
crown, even so far as to getting killed for it! I think that some sort of
anatomy of evil was responsible for Macbeth's as well as other characters'
wrongdoings in the story. Each character in the story had to either fight it or
give into it. In Macbeth's case, he fought it and lost, and therefore, gave into
it. The play makes several points about the nature of evil. One point it makes
is that evil is not normal in human nature. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have to
sort of "trick" themselves into murdering Duncan. First, Lady Macbeth has to beg
evil spirits to tear all human feeling from her ("...spirits / That tend on
mortal thoughts..." [Act I, Scene V, Lines 41-42] "Stop up th' accessand passage
to remorse / That no compunctious visitings of nature / Shake my fell
purpose..."[Act I, Scene V, Lines 45-47]) and then she has to make Macbeth
ignore his own conscience ("Yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o' th' milk
of human kindness To catch the nearest way" [Act I, Scene V, Lines 17-19]) Once
she has seen her husband's ambition has been inflamed, she is willing to risk
anything to help him get the crown. It was as if she were taking her heart out
to make her husband king. She has been very successful of emptying herself of
human feeling. By the end of the play, both characters have been destroyed from
within. Fear and... [continues]
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