Macbeth Research Paper: Evilness in Macbeth
“Fair is foul, and foul is fair”. This quote, delivered by the three witches at the very beginning of the story, sets a sinister mood for the rest of Shakespeare’s play. Macbeth is first introduced as a heroic figure that will soon become king. As the play progresses though, a sense of evilness is derived from his character. Yes there were a lot of emotions going into his decisions, and some of the people who he was closest too were not the best influences. Is that really an excuse though? Throughout the tale of Macbeth, it was proven clearly and repeatedly that Macbeth was not just a victim of circumstance, but was in fact evil.
Many people still argue today on whether or not Macbeth was actually evil. It would seem that Shakespeare wanted him to be seen as being corrupt towards the audience because he would dress the actor playing Macbeth in creepy and dark costumes. “…Macbeth would wear a scarlet cloth (symbolizing blood), over a dark costume (symbolizing evil)…” (Ross 28). Shakespeare would also use tone and effects to hint at Macbeth’s evilness. Lady Macbeth was also viewed as a dark individual. “ Black silk for Lady Macbeth would signify the same…” (Ross 28). Macbeth was set up to be an evil character from the beginning of the story.
Throughout the play, Macbeth was constantly in situations where the witches or people he was close too were giving him ideas and pressuring him into evil deeds. Lady Macbeth was always persuading him to murder anyone who threatened his throne. “Macbeth must murder him, she urges, and seize the throne for himself.”...