Macbeth is a play, written by Shakespeare, about a soldier who is overtaken by ambition. The soldier, Macbeth, starts out as a loyal soldier who fights for Scotland. As the play progresses, Macbeth becomes more and more evil, killing whoever is a threat to him. Evil overtakes good for Macbeth.
One of the themes from Macbeth is good versus evil. Macbeth is a good, honorable soldier in the beginning who is loyal to the king. Macbeth does not stay on the good side for very long in the play. At the beginning, the witches say that fair is foul, and foul is fair, foreshadowing what is to come later. The witches’ line that says “fair is foul, and foul is fair” means that what is good is evil and what is evil is good.
Though Macbeth is skilled for fighting and has won battles for Scotland, he has a difficult time battling his internal conflicts between good and evil. Macbeth is first introduced to this internal conflict when the witches give him a prophecy. The witches tell him that he will be the Thane of Cawdor and then become king after that. When he finds out that he is the Thane of Cawdor, he sees that the witches’ prophecy is right. He then thinks about how he will become king. Macbeth’s conscience bothers him after he thinks about the ways he can become king. Banquo is also given a prophecy from the witches about him being the father of many kings. He does not face internal conflict due to evil thoughts like Macbeth has been faced with. Macbeth begins to become ambitious not too long after the witches’ prophecy. He does not want to wait to become king. Lady Macbeth influences him to kill Duncan so Macbeth can become king. Macbeth does not want to kill Duncan at first. He says “if chance will have me King, why, chance may crown me, without my stir”, meaning that he will become king if he gets the chance without taking action.
Macbeth’s good intentions have won against his evil ambitions until Lady Macbeth begins to persuade him to kill the king. His evil ambitions finally win and agrees to kill Duncan. When Duncan comes to Macbeth’s home and stays for the night, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have a plan to kill Duncan. Lady Macbeth has Macbeth kill Duncan in sleep with a dagger, after she has gotten the guards drunk. After Macbeth kills Duncan, Macbeth is greatly bothered by his guilty conscience. Macbeth hears a voice cry, “Glamis hath murdered sleep, and therefore Cawdor shall sleep no more: Macbeth shall sleep no more”, meaning that Macbeth’s guilty conscience will keep him from sleeping. While Macbeth still has a conscience, he says, “will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood clean from my hand? No; this my hand will rather the multitudinous seas incarnadine, making the green one red”, meaning that the ocean could not wash off all the blood on his hands. Macbeth continues to battle with his inner...