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Macbeth The motif of evil is seen throughout the play Macbeth written by William Shakespeare The motif is used to help the theme of darkness along making it seem more sinister Along the way many of the characters use evil to their own ends such as Lady Macbeth in the way she helps in the assassination of King Duncan In the very beginning of Macbeth evil is shown through the three witches who conjure a spell and agree to meet after the battle is done11 The spell they conjure contains the phrase fair is foul and foul is fair 1112 which is a paradox The witches also do more evil when Macbeth finally meets them by giving him the three predictions Thane of Glamis Thane of Cawdor and King They came upon these predictions using evil means Banquo notices the weird sisters are trying to steer Macbeth down the path of evil mostly because witches were thought to be evil at that time Another character who uses evil to their advantage is Lady Macbeth In her soliloquy Lady Macbeth calls on the power of evil to rip the kindness humanity and compassion from her and fill her with darkness and evil 1515-30 She will use this to talk Macbeth into killing Duncan Throughout the play up until she dies she is manipulating evil to help her manipulate others around her Even Macbeth knows she is extremely evil when he tells her bring forth men children only as you are evil 17 83 Also after she summons Macbeth with the bell she says I go and it is done hear it not Duncan for it is a knell that summons thee to heaven or to hell2172 Macbeth also shows his evil side when he says The Prince of Cumberland That is a step on which I must fall down or else oerleap For in my way it lies 1455it is then
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