How Is Evil Expred In The Play

1217 words - 5 pages

How is evil explored in the Play Macbeth. A dark night and a dark place are both symbolic of diablerie in the play Macbeth. Authors use these symbols to describe an evil character or setting. William Shakespeare employs the imagery of darkness in Act 4 and Act 1 of his play Macbeth to describe the agents of disorder and evil, the witches, Macbeth, and Scotland are all described as dark because they represent the evil.The witches in the first scene of Act 4 and Act 1 are depicted as agents of evil because of the dark domain around them. The witches meet in a dark cave. The cave is an appropriate setting for the witches because caves tend to represent the under-world and hell, creating a feeling of evil. The witches appearance, "secret, black, and midnight hags" also indicate their evil nature. The witch's dark meeting place and dark appearance all emphasize their destructive nature.Macbeth in Act 4 consulted with the witches, murdered Macduff's family, and continued to create evil in Scotland. Macbeth in Act 4 is described as an agent of disorder, "untitled tyrant bloody-sceptered". The language in Act 1 that described Macbeth has changed from "noble" and "kind" to the diction of Act 4 which describes Macbeth as "black Macbeth" and a "tyrant". The Castle that Macbeth lives in, Dunsanine is also indicative of darkness. Dunsanine is similar to the word dungeon a dark and dirty place symbolising hell and the evil that lives in hell.In Act 4 Macbeth is a vision of utter evil, he murders and he consults witches and murders, because of this he is described using dark imagery. Scotland under the rule of Macbeth is described as, "shrouded in darkness", by Malcolm. Scotland in Act 4 has fallen off the "Chain of Being" and is now occupied with the forces of evil and disorder. Scotland in Act 4 is filled with "sighs, and groans, and shrieks that rent the air". Scotland is described by Ross as, "O Nation Miserable". All these descriptions of Scotland portray Scotland as a place where the agents of evil have shrouded the land.The agents of evil and disorder were symbolized by darkness in Act 4. The witches were described as, "dark as midnight"; Macbeth was described as , "devilish and dark"; and Scotland was described as "dying". The imagery of darkness also plays an important role in character development. Macbeth in Act 1 was an agent of order and thus was described with words such as "noble" and "loyal" but when Macbeth became an agent of disorder he was described with words such as "dark" and "devilish". This same character development is true for Scotland, which in Act 1 was described as the land of light; but in Act 4 when it became the land of evil was described with diction such as "dark" and "grave" like.Both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth cross a line in the play, a line that you can never come back from when you have crossed it. Lady Macbeth states " Come you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, and fill...

Find Another Essay On How is evil expred in the play

"An Inspector Calls" - Write about Inspector Goole's character in this play how far is he a believable policeman? How does Priestley use the Inspector in the play?

3765 words - 15 pages The way Priestley presents his character of Inspector Goole in the play is mysterious. I think Priestley use of this air of mystery is deliberate. The foremost method used by Priestley to present the unusualness of this character is the name Inspector Goole which is an obvious pun or homophone (Inspector A spectre, Goole a ghoul). We as an audience never find out who the Inspector is. There are many possibilities that can be taken into

Lord of the Rings: How evil is shown

583 words - 2 pages EVIL In the movie ; The Lord of the Rings, there are several different ways evil is shown. This movie revolves around good and evil and J.R.R Tolkien, the author, shows that very well. Evil is something that is bad or a curse of some sort. Through the enemies and battles, evil is shown throughout the entire movie. The main character, Frodo Baggins, deals with evil throughout the movie. He is the holder of the ring, which puts a lot


3239 words - 13 pages John Boynton Priestley wrote the play, ? An Inspector Calls? in 1941 when the Second World War was being fought. The play involves a supernatural person, who claims to be an Inspector, arriving with the news of a suicide. A young girl has taken her life, due to a series of problems that occurred in her last year or so and everyone in the house at that time is somehow connected with her death, although the audience is unaware of that at first

An essay on Tennessee William's play "The Glass Menagerie", specifically commenting on how the father is the most influential character in the play

1795 words - 7 pages No Father, No Play, No Glass Menagerie Mr. Wingfield is the embodiment of escape in Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie. Having abandoned his family years ago, Mr. Wingfield never appears onstage during the play and has not contacted his family, with the exception of a terse postcard from Mexico. Despite his absence, Mr. Wingfield is still an important part of the Wingfield family as his

Lysistrata what roles in the play does she have, and how she is an atypical woman in Ancient Greece

1023 words - 4 pages Lysistrata takes on many roles throughout the play named after her. These roles include: leader, problem solver, and spokesperson for the women. She is an atypical female; in Ancient Greece because she goes out and does things that most women would not even think about doing. Lysistrata is a strong woman who should not be challenged. It is unusual for a woman who has the self-confidence to think she can stop a war that has been going on for

Hamlet's Transformation from Good to Evil in the Play Hamlet by William Shakespeare

931 words - 4 pages divine ambition puff’d.” Hamlet emphasizes on how a righteous and pure spirit becomes crushed by ambition; the aspiration of becoming renowned and accepted. “My thoughts be bloody or be nothing worth.” Hamlet has now revealed his own crisis; a righteous and pure spirit that has been crushed by his longing revenge towards Claudius. In the play Hamlet by Shakespeare, Hamlet’s character that is perceived at the beginning of the play is one of

In The Crucible, a play written by Arthur Miller, would u view Abigail as evil??

1086 words - 4 pages always the hero that we had been taught as children to look up to. On the contrary the protagonist, Abigail Williams is evil, deceitful, and wicked. The question arises: How is Abigail Williams presented as the most evil force in the play?Abigail first shows her evil character when she threatens to kill the girls if they tell the truth. From what it seems to us, Abigail is a sweet Puritan girl, but she quickly shows her dark and dangerous side

Death of a salesman by Arthur Miller. Explains how the theme LOVE is used in the play

598 words - 2 pages father in denial from the truth. Biff is unable to play Willy's game any longer, and attempts to confront him with his convictions. Willy, in denial, cannot bear to hear anything other than success, talent, and excellence from his sons. But nevertheless, Biff stepped up to tell the truth, that he is nothing but unsuccessful in life, and he is about to change that. Biff did this, not only to fulfill his inner urges for truth, but because he

How is the relationship between Benedick and Beatrice presented in Shakespeare’s play and one or more performed versions?

1678 words - 7 pages social hierarchy of around the time of the play through characters doing things out of honour and reputation, and not because it is the right thing to do. The title of the play plays a huge role in depicting the ideas of Shakespeare, as nothing is similar to the word ‘noting’ -slang for gossip and therefore it is ideal as the play is entirely ‘A whole lot of fuss about gossip’. This is because the characters are under false knowledge and create

How is the relationship between Beatrice and Benedick presented in Shakespeare’s play and one or more performed versions?

2224 words - 9 pages the family but is worried about how he appears in Beatrice’s eyes. Additionally at the mask party, when Beatrice is speaking of the annoyance she feels towards Benedick to a masked Benedick we can tell of the hurt he has sensed hearing her heart-stabbing words. ‘She speaks poniards, and every word stabs’ proves Benedick’s anxiety of what Beatrice thinks of him. However, in terms of Beatrice the fact that she talks about him in so much depth shows

"A Raisin in the Sun", and how it is relevent today, how the conflicts in the play are still happening to this very day

701 words - 3 pages Today some of the biggest problems for people are problems with money, marriage, racism, and sexism. Coincidentally, these are also some of the main themes in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun. Hansberry's play shows the struggle of a family's problems and how they got through it. In many ways the people all over the world and America have changed, but the same problems still exist even if they have become simpler or even more complex

Similar Essays

How Is Henry V Presented In The Play?

2382 words - 10 pages good administrative skills. Throughout the play Henry’s nature is religious, merciful and compassionate. Henry V renewed his family’s claim to the French throne after hundred years of war. Shakespeare is telling the audience in England that they are people of bravery. In act one, scene one the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of Ely consults with each other. The archbishop of Canterbury is the second richest person. Bishop of Ely is

How Cathy Is Evil In The Book "East Of Eden" By John Steinbeck

1483 words - 6 pages considered a sin and a crime against god. One of the commandments states that specifically "Thou shall not kill" which can pertain to a person's life or their own life. In page 554, Cathy takes her own life by using a cyanide pill. This by far is much is strongly against the teachings of God and it goes against one of his commandments. God said there will be consequences for whoever commits suicide and that would be punishment in hell. Cathy may have her reasons to commit suicide, such as arthritic pain, low self esteem, and a painful life. However, this is the life she chose to follow as being sick and maliciously evil towards others which caused the downfall for her life.

How Important Is Act 1 In Establishing The Main Themes And Underlying Issues Of The Play?

1141 words - 5 pages Ankit SehgalHow important is Act 1 in establishing the main themes and underlying issues of the play?There are many themes in act 1 which makes it clear to the audience what kind of genre this play is which is a tragedy. Through the themes that are in the first scene the audience will get an insight as to how the play will develop.The first theme the audience come across is jealousy and this is portrayed through Iago, he is jealous that Othello

Antigone, A Play Written By Sophocles In The 5th Century B.C. Antigone Somehow Shows How Good People Can Do Evil Things Based On Creon

1259 words - 5 pages her sister: I judge her guilty too; she played her part in burying the body. Summon her" (Page 17). As his anger rises Creon defines how Antigone will be killed, which demonstrates just how evil Creon is able of being.As we get deeper into the play, Creon's good side has almost completely vanished, and his evil has taken over. Creon tells his son, Haemon, that he will have to kill his fiancé Antigone, because she has defied him. At first