Macbeth An individual that is evil is characterized as being a person who has a malicious disposition and thoughts. The power of evil is strongly evident throughout William Shakespeare's Macbeth. It is established through Macbeth's desires to kill Duncan, Macbeth's intentions to kill Banquo and Lady Macbeth's influences to persuade Macbeth to kill Duncan.
An example that demonstrates how strong the power of evil can be Macbeth's desires to kill Duncan, the king of Scotland.
1"My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, shakes so my single state of man that function is smother'd in surmise, and nothing but what is not"(Act I, iii,139-142) This quote is from Macbeth's thoughts of obtaining Duncan's throne to become king. Eventhough Macbeth has not really taken his consideration into action, we are still under the assumption that Macbeth could act on his thoughts and commit this unlawful murder. Knowing that his thoughts are deliberate, it is definitely considered as being an evil characteristic.
Macbeth's intentions to kill Banquo, a fellow leader of Duncan's Scottish Army, is a second example that proves evils powers.
2"Bring them before us, to be thus is nothing but to be safely thus our fears in Banquo stick and in his royalty of nature reigns that which would be fear'd tis much he dares"(Act 3, I, 47-52) Macbeth decides to take Banquo's life because, he has a slight idea of the true nature and identity of Macbeth. Banquo knows that Macbeth was behind the murder of Duncan. What Banquo does not know is that Macbeth knew of Banquo's...