Macbeth Good Vs Evil Analysis

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William Shakespeare utilizes literary techniques such as symbolism, imagery, soliloquies, asides, and irony to explore the themes of Good vs. Evil and Suffering in his play Macbeth. He employs these literary techniques to convey meaning, greater the effect of language, bring the audience into the mind of a character, and evoke emotions in the audience such as surprise or humour. Shakespeare employs symbolism and imagery to explore the themes of Good vs. Evil and Suffering in his play Macbeth. Shakespeare uses blood to portray murder and wrongdoing, “I am in blood, stepp’d in so far that should I wade no more, returning were as tedious as go o’er.” (III. iv. 136). He uses daggers to portray the same idea, and the two are often used with each…show more content…
Evil and Suffering in his play Macbeth. For example, when Macbeth was hallucinating and saw a dagger in front of him in Act II. Scene i., “A dagger of the mind, a false creation, Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain? I see thee yet, in form as palpable, As this which now I draw” (II. i. 39-42), or when Macbeth broke down and became existential as his castle is being invaded in Act V, “Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player, That struts and frets his hour upon the stage, And then is heard no more” (V. v. 24-26). These demonstrate the themes of Good vs. Evil and suffering as Macbeth is having internal conflicts, whether or not he should do the deed. This gets to his head and is stressing him out, causing the hallucinations. Once he does the deed, he is suffering from guilt, because of this he becomes a hated tyrant, and eventually his castle gets taken over and killed. Shakespeare writes soliloquies and asides to explore the themes of Good vs. Evil and Suffering in his play Macbeth to bring the audience into the mind of a character, which can be used to emphasise a theme or…show more content…
Evil and Suffering in his play Macbeth. An example of situational irony is when Macbeth kills Duncan to gain the throne, thinking only of enjoying the power and wealth that could come from it; he cannot enjoy his new position as he is far too guilty and cannot wash the blood of his hands. Another example of situational irony is how Lady Macbeth attacks Macbeth’s masculinity when he was hesitant to do the deed “When you durst do it, then you were a man” (I.vii. 49), and then later going mad and killing herself as she is overwhelmed with guilt, “What is that noise? It is the cry of women, my good lord” (V.v. 8-9), “The queen, my lord, is dead.” (V.v. 17). Dramatic irony is created when the audience knows what is going to happen more than the characters do, for example, when King Duncan is invited to stay at Macbeth’s castle. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth treat Duncan with utmost respect; doing everything they can to make him feel comfortable. Duncan believes they are trustworthy and loyal friends; however the audience knows that he will never see the light of day again. Shakespeare employs dramatic and situational irony to explore the themes of Good vs. Evil and Suffering in his play Macbeth to evoke emotions in the audience such as surprise or

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