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Evil and Gender Archtypes in Macbeth At the heart of William Shakespeares Macbeth is an examination of the nature of evil and its many faces and facets The principal evil characters in the play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are both evil but the manifestation of evil is different in each Macbeths evil is a dynamic character trait He begins the play as a celebrated hero loyal to his friends and dedicated to his king He is strong and noble a man to be admired by his audience Then he and Banquo are visited by the three witches who promise him that he will be king This veiled initmation ignites a secret ambition within Macbeth Evil has dawned within him but at this early stage of his transformation Macbeth is ashamed of his evil urges He says Stars hide your fires Let not light see my black and deep desires The eye wink at the hand yet let that be Which the eye fears when it is done to see I iv 50 Soon however Macbeth is overcome by his ambition and his fall begins He says I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent but only Vaulting ambition which oerleaps itself and falls on the other I vii 25 As soon as the descision to murder Duncan is made and until his death Macbeth is a vessel relentlessly filling with evil Macbeth is the source of all the dastardly deeds in this play The witches ignite his evil ambition Lady Macbeth stokes the fire but the blame for Duncans murder rests squarely on the shoulders of Macbeth Macbeth may not have held the knives that killed Banquo or Macduffs family but the agression is his Lady Macbeth does not descend into evil She wallows in it From the first moment the audience meets her she has blatantly committed herself to evil She
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