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The play Macbeth is a very tragic one It is about the downfall of a hero who is led by temptation to mass murder and cruelty Shakespeare uses various styles and techniques to display very evidently how Macbeths character develops as the story progresses and thus we see how Macbeth turns from good to evil from a valiant cousin and worthy gentleman to a bloody butcher The play tells the story of how a noble warrior Macbeth descends into evil after meeting with three witches - supernatural beings who prophesy Macbeths destiny He is told he will become King of Scotland and this idea of gaining power leads him to murder the king take his throne and then continue his murder spree on seemingly whoever he feels like Eventually Macbeth is slain and order is restored in Scotland From the very start we have progressively come to abhor Macbeth however we cannot help but feel a certain admiration for him But much more we have a sense of irony and waste irony because some sterling qualities have been put to such evil use waste because Macbeth was a potentially great man who was lost Macbeth is a play concerned wholly with the battle between good and evil - throughout the play we continually see signs of a supernatural struggle between the two with evil winning over good when Macbeth murders the king but then good finally defeating evil when Macbeth is slain In fact in the very opening scene we see signs of supernatural happenings and evil - the witches Fair is foul and foul is fair Hover through the fog and filthy air Here we see that to the witches what is evil is good foul is fair and what is good they find repulsive fair is foul This seems to be their attitude to life but it could also be a warning to the audience that things to follow are not
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