Macbeth Critical Analysis Essay
The soul of Mankind is a complicated blend of both good and evil. Evil cannot exist without good, and at the same time good also rely on evil to contrast its virtuous nature. Our contradictious character establishes our existence as humans. “Macbeth” is a well-known tragedy by Shakespeare in his later stage of life. By then, Shakespeare had grown from a man filled with romantic and fabulous emotions to a much more experienced and wise person. His play “Macbeth” is less of an entertainment and more a tool to portray an intricate and bleak concept; the nature of good and evil. Evil works through Macbeth’s impulsive actions and led him into a downward spiral. He became a battlefield; his own guilty conscience against his innermost devious thoughts. Furthermore “Macbeth” demonstrates that evil may be able to penetrate the mind rapidly and furiously, enabling a person to desert their righteous morals, but the power of good, which comes in a mellower and more consistent form will always be the more dominate part of human nature.
Macbeth is a man of action; he often lets his impulsive thoughts take control of his actions, enabling evil to find an opening in his mind to seep in. In the beginning of the play, Macbeth receives a prophecy from the Weird Sisters that he would become King of Scotland. Compared to the skeptical reaction of Banquo, who questioned the creditability of the witches, Macbeth’s reaction was rather contented. His mind immediately thought of different ways of achieving the prophecy. “My thoughts, whose murder yet is but fantastical, Shakes so my single state of man” (I, iii, 151-152) Shakespeare used the word “murder” for Macbeth to describe his own thoughts, this means that Macbeth, by this point already has some implication on how the prophecy would come true, in this case, something that would take the form of bloodshed; something evil. Maybe the thought came too fast, Macbeth was not able to grasp the full concept, but something evil did plant in his mind, again, evil is able to penetrate the mind very quickly. The moment Macbeth thought of “murderous thoughts”, he is deserting his moral, and this is the begging of Macbeth’s downfall.
The prophecy of the witches had made Macbeth doubtful of everyone around him; he became more and more paranoid of every little suspicious detail as his plans of different murders proceeded. Macbeth had killed every person he can confide to, and is left with the only choice of going to the Weird Sisters. “I am in blood stepped in so far that, should I wade no more, returning were as tedious as go over. Strange things I have in head that will to hand, which bust be acted ere they may be scanned.” (III, iv, 162-166) By this point Macbeth thinks he’s killed way too much to stop; it was too late. He’s deserted his sense of righteousness and just, and it seems that he was determined to proceed with his plans; to kill more people. Here, evil had planted itself in Macbeth’s mind so deep that good seems non-existent. Macbeth decides to go to the Weird sisters for help; he became desperate. The Weird Sisters are instruments of Darkness, and it seems completely irrational for Macbeth to seek advice from them, but he was, it is the evil in his mind that’s clouding his judgment and his ability to rationalize. The power of evil is dominating the decisions of Macbeth, and the evil is so great, it seems that it’s devoured all good that’s left in him
From the moment Macbeth receives his first prophecy, the evil in his mind seems to have begun the process of overshadowing the good. But through Macbeth’s actions, we can still see evidences of good building up and becoming more powerful in Macbeth’s mind. Macbeth’s guilt, for example, is a way for good to reveal itself. If a person is completely evil, like one of the witches, they would feel no sense of remorse for their wicked deeds, but Macbeth, despite the fact that he planned to kill Duncan, he...
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