"Human Nature Is The Embodiment Of Good And Evil Shakespeare's Macbeth"

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Someone had once said, "Human nature is a mixture of the sham and the true, of kindness and cruelty, of meanness and generosity - of good and evil." In the play Macbeth, this quote is perfectly portrayed in the main characters' actions, their struggles, conflicts, and how they progress in the play. The quote tells the readers that human nature is the embodiment of good and evil. Humans are full of lies yet they are truthful, humans are kind yet they are cruel, humans can be mean and they can be generous - they can be good and evil. Macbeth is true to himself when he fights for the King out of loyalty "disdaining fortune" and he is again true to himself yet he is also going against what he stands for, when he kills the King in order to obtain the crown. We earn that he was also easily swayed by what others said such as the three witches when they tell him of the prophecy. Later on, it is Lady Macbeth who convinces him to do what she wants by manipulating him into killing the King for her whilst he's having second thoughts. The play of Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, embodies the very nature of good and evil.As established in the introduction, the quote basically means that a person may change from good to evil and even then, they may become an embodiment of both. Towards the end of Act 2 Scene 1, we learn that Macbeth is already guilt-ridden by his decision of killing Duncan. "Is this a dagger which I see before me, the handle toward my hand? Come.........yet I see thee still." [Act 2 Scene 1 Lines 44-47] However, Macbeth has already decided that he will kill the king so right there, we see how Macbeth is being untrue to himself. He doesn't want to kill the King yet he's going to commit the act. This is how Shakespeare characterizes Macbeth. He basically "becomes drunk" with the notion of power and his ambition drives him to assassinate the king. The witches tells him a vague prophecy and from there on, Macbeth takes it in his mind that he has to do such and such in order for the prophecy to come true. So that in order to fulfill the prophecy that the witches told him, Macbeth believes he must kill King Duncan. Shakespeare also targets another character as becoming drunk with ambition and power through the use of characterization. Lady Macbeth does nothing to dissuade Macbeth because ironically, she is the one who assures him that if and when they kill King Duncan, nothing harmful will come their way. She convinces him that because it is a prophecy, it must be done and if he cannot commit the act, then he is not "manly" enough for her love. Unlike Macbeth who makes the transaction from "good to evil", Lady Macbeth becomes more "evil" with each line she speaks. "Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, and fill me from the crown to the toe top-full of direst cruelty. Make thick my blood...............Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark to cry 'Hold, hold!'" In these lines, she is basically asking the spirits to...

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