In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the struggle between good and evil is a recurring theme throughout the play; it is also the main conflict. The witches, Lady Macbeth and Macbeth’s ambition are all major causes of conflict between good and evil within the play. Macbeth is a man who at first seems content to defend his king and country against treason and rebellion. However, when he is told of a prophecy by the witches, which implies that he will become Thane of Cawdor and then King of Scotland, it seems to spark Macbeth's already existing evil desires inside his head. It is Banquo who first responds to the prophecy of the witches because Macbeth is so deep in thought ‘My noble partner/You greet with present grace and great prediction/Of noble having and of royal hope/That he seems rapt withal.’, so it seems that the witches initiate Macbeth’s inner conflict and ambition for power as he struggles between good and evil.
One of Macbeth’s greatest tricks is his power of deception, which he shockingly uses to betray his friends, colleagues, and even his king. This is evident at nearly the start of the play as Macbeth speaks with Banquo, stating “So foul and fair a day I have not seen” (I. iii. 39). This deception is provided early in the play to provide a perspective on how murkily the lines are drawn between good and evil in Macbeth’s world. This deception is evident soon after when Banquo is concerned about the witches trying “to win us harm.
These celebrations or rituals were a time for mischief and demonic activity (Metclaf, The Presen... ... middle of paper ... ...e lives of individuals. They are not known to set over the boundaries of what is male and what is female with their appearance. The witches distorted the essence of what makes humanity. Furthermore, the witches turned good things into bad such as Macbeth who was a brave and honorable man who turned into arrogant tyrant. His rule brought upon anarchy and chaos in a once peaceful kingdom.
Theme of Fair is Foul in William Shakespeare's Macbeth 'Fair is Foul' is the major theme in Macbeth and is present throughout the play in both the characters and the events. 'Fair is Foul' refers to the contrast of good and evil in the play, since Macbeth commits many evil murders for what seem to be good reasons. There are several false and secretive characters, such as the Witches, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, because of the contradiction of good and evil. Therefore the theme of 'Fair is Foul' is also linked to the theme of appearances being deceiving. As a result of this theme lots of chaos, lies, secrets and total disorder are caused.
Macbeth seems to be under the witches spell. The witches only appear once but there words stay in his thoughts. Where as Banquo knows that the witches are evil and often seduce us with small rewards in order to cause our destruction, “to win us to our harm, The instruments of darkness tell us truths; Win us with honest trifles.” To conclude, Shakespeare opens the play with the witches to frighten, confuse and unsettle the audience, he also wanted to make a dramatic impact in the theatre. Furthermore, he wants to introduce the main themes of the play: Fate, Destiny, Illusion and Reality. Although the witches are only on stage for a short time they exert a powerful influence throughout the rest of the play.
Dramatic Effects in William Shakespeare's Macbeth 'Fair is foul and foul is fair' starts the play with an oxymoron, a theme which is continued throughout. Using the witches at the beginning of the play is also a contrasting idea, as they are evil and initially Macbeth is an innocent being. Making the witches evil is a dramatic effect, as Shakespeare could have made them seem nice and that their intent was to help Macbeth, but by naming them 'weird sisters' he gives them an air of mystery that changes the direction of the play. If he had made them seem harmless then the audience would have been surprised by their actions later in the play. James 1st, the king at that time, would have been very happy about Shakespeare's use of the 'evil' witches as he was sure that witches were out to get him at this point in his life.
appearance lends horror to the play and reminds all that the higher powers will triumph over mortal evils. The curses of the female royalties add psychological and supernatural forces to drive the character?s actions, thus furthering the plot. Dreams, ghosts, and curses ? these supernatural elements all have a natural place in Richard III, for they weave together the fascinating horror in the storyline and ensure that the tyranny of a mortal man will not reign in the end. WORK CITED Shakespeare, William.
Starting as the highly thought of thane of Glamis, Macbeth is told he shall become thane of Cawdor and then king. The witches, quickly portrayed as evil, could have predicted these events, or simply planted the idea in Macbeth’s head, to exploit his fatal flaw. As the play begins, we are introduced to the witches. They speak in rhyming couplets, just as all supernatural elements in Shakespeare’s work do. This could have been to let the audience, which would have been aware of this technique, that the witches are in fact, or simply appear magical.
Secondly, the role of gender in society and how it is depicted in the play and thirdly, versions of reality. William Shakespeare uses the super natural in his plays for it was a very popular belief within his socio-political time, (The Burning Times). “The practice of witchcraft was seen to subvert the established order of religion and society” (Direct Cinema, 1990), thus suggesting that the witches had total influence over Macbeth, however, before the prophecies were said, the witches start off by saying “Fair is foul and foul is fair”, meaning that what is good to the common man, is bad to the witches and what’s bad to the common man, is good to the witches. This theme reflects in the events in the play when Macbeth has to do immoral acts over and over to cover the previous one for his benefit to reach victory, when in actual fact the power hunger-driven immoral doings, catch up to him and eventually lead him to his demise; what seemed to be good to Macbeth (which was actually bad), would have been bad to the witches (which was actually good). This proves that the witches were actually telling the truth in their prophecy telling and instead, it was Macbeth who deceived himself into thinking otherwise of the prophecy (Not interpreted them as riddles) and allowed his tr... ... middle of paper ... ...ety by disregarding gender (wishing she could be “unsexed” and taking the role of a man) and wishing that her heart would be cruel and distasteful.
Macbeth Character Analysis Assignment: Macbeth Is Evil In Shakespeare?s play Macbeth, Macbeth is motivated to commit his evil acts by three forces. For example, the witches in the play give him the first idea that he will be king. In addition, his own ambition starts to take over later in the play. Lastly, Lady Macbeth pushed and forced him constantly to commit these evil acts. By listening to these evil forces, Macbeth commits evil acts which make him evil.