Macbeth and Lady Macbeth as Evil Murderers in William Shakespeare's Play
At the start of this play Macbeth is mentioned by witches which
doesn’t give him credibility with the audience, whilst soon after
Macbeth is seen as a brave, loyal and trustworthy servant of his king,
Duncan. Almost as soon as the play starts, you hear of Macbeth’s
bravery; “Brave Macbeth-well he deserves that name…Like Valour’s
minion.” But soon after he has his meeting with the witches he is
already scheming; “This supernatural soliciting cannot be ill.”
One of the central points of this play is the question of whether or
not Macbeth would have become so evil if he had not met the witches.
In my opinion Macbeth would have remained as he originally was.
By the end of the play his only redeeming features left are those of
bravery and remorse. He realises that he is about to die and refuses
to surrender to Macduff and face ridicule. This shows his pride, but
he also doesn’t fear his death; “Lay on, Macduff, and damned be him
that first cries, ‘Hold, enough.’”
Macbeth knows that he is about to die as soon as he sees Birnam Forest
on the move, and resigns himself to death, musing on the futility of
life; “Life is but a walking shadow.”
He does however, seem remarkably callous about the death of his wife,
remarking; “She should have died hereafter,” which is a far cry from
the love he holds for her at the start of the play in his letter to
her; “My dearest partner of greatness.” This shows just how much
Macbeth has changed since the beginning of the play.
He realises that as soon as he killed Duncan, he would have started
down an evil road that he would...
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However, both possess some evil qualities, as well as their good ones.
On the one side there is murder itself, deceit, cowardice, motivation,
cold-heartedness and evil itself, whilst on the other side there is
bravery, motivation, strength, love, courage, loyalty and guilt. All
these features weigh up and show that there is always more good than
evil in Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.
Both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth himself have redeeming qualities, some
they retain until the end, some that they gradually abandon, and some
that they gain, but I do not think that they are evil murderers, but
were originally good, loyal people who are slowly tainted by the
witches and the emergence of the ambitions. I personally believe that
none of the murders would ever have occurred had the witches not
spurred Macbeth’s ambitions.