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MacbethIn the play Macbeth Shakespeare uses contrasts of nature in various ways He consistently shows us that Macbeth and his wifes actions go against natureThe first lines of the play are a condensed version of the unnaturalness of things to come In thunder lightning or in rain I i 2 In nature thunder lightening and rain occur together but Shakespeares use of the word or infers the unnatural occurrence of one without the others When battles lost and won I i 4 is also not a natural occurrence Battles are either lost or won Shakespeare is implying the future opposites of nature in the forthcoming play Fair is foul and foul is fair I i 11 further shows the use of inversions and paradoxs in nature that Shakespeare will use throughout the play One of the main controversies of nature for the reader is that in spite of Macbeths evil deeds we still find him likeable We see him in the same way that the King does when he welcomes him by saying O valiant cousin Worthy gentleman I ii 24 We perceive him as valiant because he is afraid of sacrificing his humanity My thought whose murder yet is but fantasticle Shakes so my single state of man that function Is smothered in surmise and nothing is But what is not I iii 139-41 Macbeth has doubts about the predictions of the witches He knows that it could be a trick and his misgivings make him seem to be a better person Another thing that makes Macbeth likeable to the reader is the contrast with his Hampton 2wife It is clear from her beginning that she is evil She has reservations about Macbeth not being evil enough Yet do I fear thy nature I V 14 She fears he is too good to do the kind of
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