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In Macbeth the central character Macbeth has the ability for moral judgment but he willfully disregards his own moral thoughts This leaves him vulnerable to deception that is of an evil nature Macbeth is strongly led to evil but he also absorbs it He is a tragic hero simply because he becomes caught up in the reaction between his evil actions and his own conscience It is his awareness of evil that makes him tragic Through Macbeths actions Shakespeare depicts the nature of evil as deceptive lustful and disruptive To begin in Macbeth Shakespeare endeavors to illustrate that evil operates through deception Appealing to those emotions in man that undermine his morality and are blind to the rights of others Macbeth aspires to a lesser good that ultimately destroy all ties to sanity The most obvious symbols used by Shakespeare in this context is the witches The wicked sisters work against nature Their role is to inspire the evil that lies dormant within man himself What Shakespeare stresses is that the promises made by these supernatural forces are merely deceptions that lure Banquo and Macbeth to commit sinful acts Macbeth is seduced by the prophecies of the witches Banquo however is able to recognize that The instruments of darkness tell us truths Win us with honest trifles to betrays In deepest consequence Act 1 Sc3 LL 136-138 Furthermore Shakespeare acknowledges that Macbeth is indeed aware of his place in nature but is blinded by his ambition Macbeth chooses to challenge God to acquire a position higher than fit to have Through Macbeths love of self he sets his own desires against those of God To do so Macbeth must call upon the forces of evil and darkness Misled by his own desires he sees them as only options blinded to their consequences With Macbeths ties to reason now shattered he is able to defy the laws of God
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