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Evil Ambition In Macbeth Shakespeare uses the image of evil to convey the outcome of ambition run amuck By using evil as a force in the play audiences get a feeling a loss of control of Macbeth and the sense of fear Evil is defined in Shakespeares Glossary as sin crime misfortune calamity and things that are unwholesome In the beginning the sense of evil in Macbeth is created through the witches They feed on what is foul and corrupt When shall we three meet again in thunder lightening or rainA1 sc1 This image of the witches was real to the people of these times To them and King James I witches did exist Fair is foul and foul is fair Hover through the fog and filthy air A1 sc1 This quote proves the witches hatred for all things good and their love for things that are evil It is clear that the witches are the roots of evil in the play Evil is spread through them in the form of ambition to Macbeth and his wife The witches cause Macbeth to think of what it would be like to be King of Scotland All hail Macbeth that shalt be king hereafter A1sc3 In turn the thought of regicide comes into being within Macbeth Lady Macbeth sets Macbeths ambition into motion she persuades Macbeth to take action through her own ambition Great Glamis Worthy Cawdor Greater than both by all-hail hereafter Lady Macbeth recognises that her husband is ambitious but worries that he is without The illness should attend it A1 sc5 She thinks that he is not ruthless enough When Macbeth illustrates his fears of failing Lady Macbeth says But screw your courage to the sticking-place And well not fail A1 sc6 Lady Macbeth is the mastermind behind the killing Duncan and its Macbeth that commits the evil deed because Lady Macbeth being a woman cannot
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