Turn Evil In Macbeth

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Evil is a popular theme in many novels and plays, and there are many factors that contribute to characters becoming evil. Factors such as no interaction with people and the way someone is treated can turn a person to become evil and commit bad acts. The person may start out as a selfless person with good morals, but eventually he will turn evil as a result of outside factors. Some factors might be isolation, the way he is treated by others, and motives. A person’s selfish needs often consume him and he wants nothing but to benefit himself. He will do anything to get what he wants and will eventually commit so many bad acts that he will turn purely evil. In the play Macbeth by Shakespeare and the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, the characters…show more content…
Macbeth turns evil because he is so consumed with the idea of power. Dunn explains “People do not choose evil itself but choose a lesser good over a greater one by choosing selfish satisfactions over moral duty” (Dunn 3). Often times a person does not choose evil, but they choose to do something bad over what is morally right because it will benefit him in some way. The person is so overly consumed with himself that he does not care that he is hurting people around him because in the end he will have gained something from it. However, choosing selfish needs over what is morally right, influences a person to continue to do bad things and will eventually turn him evil. Macbeth acknowledges that killing King Duncan is immoral, but his selfish desires overpower the good when he says, “That tears shall drown the wind. I have no spur/To prick the sides of my intent, but only/Vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself/And falls on th’ other” (Shakespeare 1.7.25-28). Macbeth contemplates whether he should kill King Duncan. Macbeth says that he feels an overbearing sense of loyalty to…show more content…
The monster turns evil because his creator, Victor, rejects him. DeWall explains that the way someone is treated can determine how they act: “Hurt feelings are the core emotional marker of social rejection, but rejection also increases anxiety, anger, sadness, depression, and jealousy” (DeWall 257). Even though hurt feelings are the most common and obvious effect of rejection, it can also greatly affect a person emotionally. It can make them feel depressed or very angry. These feelings can trigger a person to make bad decisions, which they will keep making until they feel accepted again. However, by continuously making bad decisions they are beginning to turn evil. Victor runs away from the monster when it comes to his window one night, leaving the monster alone: “He might have spoken, but I did not hear; one hand was stretched out, seemingly to detain me, but I escaped and rushed downstairs” (Shelley 44). After the monster is created, Victor becomes repulsed by it and immediately flees after seeing it. He stays away from the monster for days, but it reappears at his window one night. The quote is an example of imagery because it indirectly depicts the monster as a very hideous figure since Victor ran away from it. Victor left it feeling rejected, which tempted the monster to become evil. Macbeth turns evil because he feels

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