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Macbeth by William Shakespeare is a classic tragedy involving the uprising and eventual downfall of two seemingly evil people Macbeth and his wife Lady Macbeth It is unusual to find a character in drama who is entirely evil Throughout Macbeth both Macbeth and his wife commit vile evil actions However because they know that their actions were wrong they show that they have a conscience and so cannot be correctly described as wholly evil It is true to say that many of Macbeths actions are evil His list of crimes is extensive He kills King Duncan one of his relatives hires men to kill his best friend Banquo has men kill Macduffs wife and children plants spies in the homes of the nobles and spreads lies about Malcolm the rightful heir to the throne Once Macbeth obtains the crown he rules by terror and deception since he does not have anybodys loyalty In describing the state Scotland has fallen into under Macbeths rule Macduff states Each new morn New windows howl new orphans cry new sorrows Strike heaven on the face Act IV Scene iii Lines 4-6 Under Macbeths rule Scotland is in utter chaos and his actions have dire effects on the country Almost all of Macbeths crimes are necessary for him to retain the rule over Scotland Apart from murdering King Duncan all of Macbeths other crimes are perpetrated so that nobody knows of his murder of King Duncan and also so that nobody can remove the crown from him Whilst stereotypical villains commit crimes because they enjoy it or because of their lifestyle Macbeth does so seemingly out of necessity He does so as part of his ever-diminishing struggle to retain the crown This suggests to us that Macbeth is not wholly evil or else he would continue the murders enjoying every moment of it It is made very clear in the play that Macbeth performs horrible
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