The Importance Of Evil In Macbeth

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William Shakespeare once said “The evil that men do lives after them, the good is oft interred with their bones.” In other words the men who commit a sin has to live with the consequences and guilt. If any person commits a sin, there is always the feeling of guilt, if we ignore our guilt it can lead to a destruction of our conscience. In the play Macbeth a tragedy written by William Shakespeare. Set mainly in Scotland, the play dramatises the damaging physical and psychological effects of political ambition on those who seek power for its own sake. The play is believed to have been written between 1599 and 1606. The earliest account of a performance of what was probably Shakespeare 's play is April 1611, when Simon Forman recorded seeing such…show more content…
It was most likely written during the reign of James I, who had been James VI of Scotland before he succeeded to the English throne in 1603. James was a patron of Shakespeare 's acting company, and of all the plays Shakespeare wrote during James 's reign, Macbeth most clearly reflects the playwright 's relationship with the sovereign. (Macbeth Wiki). The main characters Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are being corrupted by evil when they decide to do the evil deed killing the king Duncan.Both these characters have an ambitious nature but are forced to face the consequences when they committed a sin. Furthermore In this play there are various themes. Themes like violence, and Evil are being portrayed in this play. There are Versions of the play Macbeth such as movies, plays and translated text of the play. It is one of Shakespeare 's most popular plays. All of the versions of Macbeth reflect the main theme which is evil. Moreover in this play Sorcery and Necromancy are also being used to further develop the theme of…show more content…
Shakespeare includes these things to further develop the theme of evil and present the three witches and how they are the source of evil through the entire play. Equally important Shakespeare also included these scenes with sorcery and necromancy to portray the witches desire to destroy Macbeth with black magic and driving him crazy. Shakespeare play “opens with the three witches, accompanied by their three little devils,exulting because “Fair is foul and foul is fair.”and plotting to destroy Macbeth.”(Sorcery In Macbeth pg,292).A correspondingly example of necromancy is used when Lady Macbeth calls the evil spirits and asks them to possess her with cruelty and evilness. Lady Macbeth states “Come you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, and fill me from the crown to the toe top full of direst cruelty! Make thick my blood:stop up th’access and passage to remorse, that no compunctious visitings of nature shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between the effect and it! come to my woman’s breasts and take my milk for gall, you murdering ministers,wherever in your sightless substances you wait on nature’s mischief.”(I,V,L40-50). regarding this quote Lady Macbeth has given herself to the evil spirits in order to do the evil deed of killing Duncan. Additionally this is an example of Necromancy in the play because Lady Macbeth is called the evil spirits. Another similar example of how sorcery and necromancy is

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