Evil in Shakespeare's Macbeth, Mary Shelly's Frankenstein and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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Evil in Shakespeare's Macbeth, Mary Shelly's Frankenstein and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Evil has always been in everyone's lives. Some people have it more than others. There are places in the world where evil almost takes over. It crops up in all kinds of places, all over the world. In these texts, "Macbeth", "Frankenstein" and "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" there is a definite theme of evil throughout. In this essay I will write about what evil there is specifically in each of these texts. I will start with "Macbeth" because it has the most overriding evil out of the three. In the play Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, the leading character is Macbeth. He is a good, loyal nobleman in Scotland. At the beginning he has the title of "Thane of Glamis". He has just fought a battle and is on his way back to the king. The first time we come across evil in this film is while he is walking across a heath. Three witches appear to Macbeth and his friend Banquo. Witches have always been considered as evil beings; later in the play we find this to be true. The first witch says, "All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Glamis", the second witch continues "All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor" and the third witch then says "All hail Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter." Basically the witches are telling Macbeth that he will become the Thane of Cawdor and then king. Telling the future has been considered as an evil thing to do, by some. They then go on to tell Banquo that his descendants will be kings. A messenger then comes to the heath and tells Macbeth he has been appointed Thane of Cawdor. ... ... middle of paper ... ...e is pure evil, all he does is evil actions, he pushes over a small girl in the street, kills a man for no reason and kills himself (killing yourself is evil as it is taking the responsibility away from God to kill you off when he sees fit). By using his potion that he created, he has created a character of complete evil, this is, of course a wrong thing to do. In conclusion I would like to say that in most stories, not all, but most, the good comes off as the winner. In real life this is not always the case. Readers like to read about evil, and what it would be like if all the novels, and plays containing evil were real. Evil is a very overriding theme in some people's lives. It is the same in these three texts, although, in all of them the evil is eradicated in the end, not always the case in everyday life.

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