Macbeth essay Number 1
The play Macbeth centres around the concepts of good and evil and there is a clear contrast between the two. Duncan and Malcolm represent order, loyalty and goodness whereas Macbeth and Lady Macbeth represent disorder, treachery and all that is evil. The witches are the embodiment of this evil and Shakespeare presented this evil as ugly and deformed. In the beginning of the play, our first impression of Macbeth is of a loyal, brave and much respected solider: “…brave Macbeth” “…Bellona’s bridegroom” “…noble Macbeth” He is the commander of Duncan’s forces and fights his way fearlessly to victory. He is presented to us as a man of great daring and courage. He then enters into a world of evil when he meets with the witches for the first time. This scene gives us a glimpse of the temptations, fears and inner struggle Macbeth will encounter though out the play. From the moment the witches greet him, we see Macbeth thinking ever thing through in his mind and eager to hear more: “Stay you imperfect speakers, tell me more:”
At the very moment when Banquo and Macbeth are discussing what they have heard and seen, Ross and Angus arrive with the news that Macbeth has been made Thane of Cawdor, proving the first part of the witches’ prophesy true. During his first soliloquy, it is already clear to us he is controlling to control his treacherous thoughts. “My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical,
Shakes so my single state of man
That function is somther’d in surmise”
This however is only the beginning of Macbeth’s decent into the shallow depths of evil. He slowly but surely, with help and encouragement from his wife becomes a “tyrant” and “a dead butcher” He is a murder and a usurper, committing the most outrageous and unspeakable crime of regicide. He begins to become paranoid of everyone around him and becomes ruthless in his killings. The first sign of this paranoia is in his choice to kill Banquo and his son Fleance. His...
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