The Start of Evil
Macbeth is a play written by William Shakespeare in the 1600 century. It is one of Shakespeare’s most well known tragedies, and continues to be studied to this day. It is a dark and gloomy play, as the main character, Macbeth, gets a taste for evil and kills the king of Scotland, King Duncan, in order to become king himself. After this moment there is a rapid increase of evil in him, as he starts to kill more and more people who upset him or are a threat to the throne. One of the play’s most important scenes is when Macbeth murders King Duncan, this scene is essential to the remainder of the play and how it unfolds. This murder scene contributes to the play in terms of plot development, it exposes and develops the major theme of how people can turn evil when confronted with power, and it reveals the true character of Macbeth and his wife, Lady Macbeth.
When Macbeth killed Duncan, this was a turning point in the play in terms of the plot. The plot from that point on became very sinful, creepy, dark and gloomy. Almost directly after the murder of Duncan, the porter hears a knocking at the door and refers to Macbeth’s castle as, “hell[s]-gate” (Shakespeare, II.III.5). Even though the porter does not know the crime that has been committed, he is comparing the castle to hell itself, thus giving the castle a very evil and bad reputation. It seems as the porter senses something off balance happening, setting the rest of the stage in Macbeth as dark and scary. Later on in the play, Ross and an old man are conversing about how now unnatural things are happening. “An owl kills a falcon, horses eat each other, the earth was feverous and did shake, day becomes night” (Spurgeon, 126). These unnatural events that seem to be occurring show that since Macbeth committed the crime, things in Scotland are becoming evil and unnatural. Animals especially sense fear and danger, the horses and birds are trying to defend themselves from the tyrant that is to come, Macbeth. This alone changes the plot, and it all ties back to the moment Macbeth killed King Duncan. As soon as Malcolm and Donalbain hear about their father’s murder they decide to leave. Donalbain goes to Ireland, and Malcolm goes to England (Shakespeare, II.IV.135-145). They leave because they feel they are not safe in Scotland, since whoever killed their father is power hungry and most likely will come after them next. Due to the fact that Macbeth killed Duncan, now Duncan’s two sons must flee the country, allowing the plot to thicken. All of the plot changes are connected to one of the most important scene, of when Macbeth killed King Duncan.
A major theme is that the story of “Macbeth is a complex study of evil and its corrupting influence on humanity” (“Principle Topics”, 237). At the beginning Macbeth does not want to kill Duncan, he has second thoughts, and is about to abort the idea. Lady Macbeth is persuasive to the point that he has no choice other than...