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IS MACBETH WHOLLY EVIL Macbeth is one of Shakespeares shortest and most compact tragedies and because of this fast pace Macbeth himself is the only character to be fully developed the other characters existing to help the audience understand the changes in Macbeths personality from play start to end This centering on Macbeth throughout the play is fascinating for Macbeths character descends from being a noble and valient general in the Scottish army to being known as nothing more than a mercilous butcher The play has many themes and images running through it but they all return to the main confliction which is good versus evil This battle also takes place within Macbeths character and the inner turmoil he experiences is reflected in the many soliloquys he speaks throughout the play Like all of Shakespeares tragedies Macbeth was written in the Jacobean era and the anxieties experienced by the characters in the play about the stability of their state would have related to the fears of the audience at that time an audience that would have included King James I who was afraid of the possibility of civil war in his kingdom which he him felt to be the worst evil The play opens in a scene of darkness thunder and an evil atmosphere that represents the coming disorder of the state Throughout the play Macbeths personal downfall into evil is directly connected with the survival of Scotland In this first scene we are introduced to The Weird Sisters- the witches They are the physical embodiment of evil in the play and are responsible for igniting Macbeths powerful ambition This scene has been said to be the key note of the whole play for the destruction and wickedness that is communicated in this scene will soon be spread around the state under Macbeths rule The witches chant gives us more insight into their plans for Scotland In thunder lightning or
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