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.
Macbeth then goes off to see the king where he promptly announces that
the successor to him will be his son, Malcolm. This troubles Macbeth
as the witches just told him that he would become king. Macbeth's evil
thoughts now begin, he says "in my way it lies". This is referring to
Malcolm; he lies in Macbeth's way to becoming king of Scotland. The
king says that he will be going to Macbeth's castle to celebrate the
victory in the recent battle.
Macbeth had written a letter to his wife, Lady Macbeth, about what had
happened with the witches. She is also an evil person in the play.
Some say just as much as Macbeth. She has planned a way to kill off
King Duncan by the time the kings party arrive at their castle. She
does this because she knows that Macbeth is "too full o' the milk of
human kindness" to do it himself.
When Macbeth arrives home, his wife informs him of her plan to kill
the king. He grudgingly agrees. Lady Macbeth tells him he must "look
like the innocent flower but be the serpent under it." This means he
must act like everything is okay, but know underneath that he is going
to kill the king. This of course in an evil thing to do,...