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An Evil Brain For the Insane

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Evil is an injurious power; it brings harm to those who adopt it and their victims. In William Shakespeare's Macbeth, protagonists Macbeth and Lady Macbeth become tethered to the reigns of evil. Evil compels people to commit twisted acts of violence and takes control of ones body and mind. “In Macbeth evil is the opposite of humanity, the deviation from that which is natural for humankind, yet evil originates in the human heart” (Pilkington). Macbeth succumbs to evil through his own imperfection, greed, which in turn causes him to upset the predetermined chain of being. “Shakespeare shows, with Macbeth as an example, that any man can turn evil due to the temptations led on by many things. His temptations of evil are led on by the witches prophecies, and by being manipulated by what others say” (Rosner). When Macbeth willingly murders, lies and deceives for his own personal betterment, he loses his self and his sanity. The parasitic nature of evil cause it to influence all objects that lay in its’ path, and Macbeth agrees to become evil's disciple. When Macbeth takes on evil, it totally consumes his mind, and it ultimately leads to his downfall. Lady Macbeth is an associated victim of Macbeth's desire to be king, and becomes thirsty for power herself. After the Macbeth’s are well into the depths of greed and corruption, it is clear that their guilt will revisit them for the rest of their lives. Those who felt the effects of their evil will reciprocate the Macbeth’s bad karma.

By embracing evil, Lady Macbeth and Macbeth have committed villainous acts that leave behind permanent mental scars. Their guilt leads them to an unsettled state of mind, and slowly degrades their functionality. Macbeth's guilt causes him to act strangely i...

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...Lady Macbeth takes her own life since she cannot bear the excessive guilt of their actions. Macbeth loses his loyalties and respect due to his guilt and his hallucinations. His own people betray him, Duncan's sons gather armies for his defeat, and Macduff avenges the loss of his family by killing Macbeth. Their consecutive evil actions disturbed them and the stress of hiding what they have done ultimately brings them down. Their actions erode them further and further until vengeance is had towards Macbeth and Lady Macbeth takes her own life.

Works Cited

Pilkington, Elaine. "Macbeth and the Nature of Evil." Utah Shakespearean Festival (2004): n. pag. Web. 26 Mar 2010.

Rosner, Edward. "How is Macbeth is a Statement of Evil” Associated Content (2009): n. pag. Web. 27 Mar 2010.

Shakespeare, William. Macbeth. New York: Washington Square Press, 1992. 223. Print.
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