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Evil In Macbeth Our own human nature is the root of all evil Macbeth is the only play where the main character becomes an evil monster In no other Shakespearean tragedy does the hero have so firm and correct grasp of self-knowledge nor a well developed concept of the universe and his place in it In Macbeth the character of Macbeth has a perfect ability for moral judgment He willfully disregards his own moral thoughts and institutions According to Bernard McElroy more than any other Shakespearean hero he Macbeth has a perfectly clear concept of who he is and where he stands --- and it is exactly this perception that torments and spiritually destroys him330 Macbeth is strongly impelled to evil but he also abhors evil It is this that causes Macbeth to abhor himself The play explores the tensions between Macbeths proneness to evil and his abhorrence to evil Macbeth is a tragic hero because he becomes caught in tensions between his criminal actions and the reaction of his conscience Had Macbeth committed the deeds without any remorse he would have been simply an evil monster without any hope But it is his conscience about evil that makes him tragic Through Macbeths actions Shakespeare is able to depict the nature of evil as being lusftul deceptive tyrannical and disruptive to family To begin Macbeth himself stands as a symbol for Satans sin of ambition Like Satan Macbeths insatiable lust for power and ambition drives him to commit evil Although Macbeths ambitiousness is not in itself evil His very strong social sense worldly but valuable together with that gift of imaginative expression whereby he far outshines all the others makes him naturally and rightly desirous of winning Golden Opinions from all sorts of people Ivii33 Elliot 288 However Shakespeare asserts that Macbeth knows his place in nature and is overly ambitious according to Calvinist doctrine of pre-determined fate temperamentally unfitted for sovereignty at
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