Macbeth’s Slow Decent into Evil
William Shakespeare introduces the Character Macbeth with positive qualities such as being a dedicated solider in King Duncan’s army. Macbeth shows his first great quality when he is on the battlefield by killing Macdonald. “Till he unseamed him from the nave to the chaps
and fixed his head upon our battlements.” (1.2.22)
In Macbeth, Macbeth begins his evil decent after he meets the three witches who prophesize that he will be titled Thane of Cawdor. “All hail, Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!” (1.3.49) Rose confirms the prophecy of the witches foretelling Macbeth becoming future king by announcing him “Thane of Cawdor”. Macbeth begins having serious doubts about the witch’s prophesies saying,” Cannot be ill; cannot be good" (1.3.130–131). Macbeth in opposition about the prophecies states that the prophecies are “neither evil nor good”. These prophecies later would open the doors for Macbeth to commit unjust deeds.
In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Macbeth focuses mainly on becoming king. He is influenced by his wife, Lady Macbeth throughout the story. Lady Macbeth says; “Shall be,” (1.5.11) stating that she will have something to do with the fulfillment of the deed. Lady Macbeth also greets her husband using same words of the three witches by saying, “all hail” and hereafter (1.5.10). Macbeth becomes apprehensive of the deed that he is about to perform. Lady Macbeth continuously helps lead Macbeth into an evil spiral. At this point in the play Macbeth is confused and lacks the ability to make his own decision. He feels that killing king Duncan would be a horrid deed because Duncan his cousin. He is also concerned about his soul after life. "This even-handed justice commends the ingredients of our poisoned chalice to our own lips” (1.7.11–12) Lady Macbeth perceives her husband’s lack of decision making skills and uses it as power over her husband.
In Act II of Macbeth, Macbeth shows that he is descending into evil by going to his cousin’s chamber in effort to commit the murder. While Macbeth is there he sees a ghostly dagger leading him to Duncan’s room. Lady Macbeth feels the way that Macbeth committed the murder wasn’t good enough stating, that she could have committed the murder better....