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Macbeth Seminar - Good vs Evil

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Transcript of Macbeth Seminar - Good vs Evil

Good vs Evil Shakespeare demonstrates the classic battle of good versus evil, primarily through Macbeth and his actions. Character Development Macbeth (Good)

In the beginning of the play Macbeth is a loyal, hardworking and brave citizen of Scotland.
He has a conscience “Conduct me to mine host: we love him highly
and shall continue our graces towards him”
(18, Act 1, Scene 6). Macbeth (Bad)

the action of killing Duncan changes his mind and point of view to the dark side

“Will it not be receiv'd, when we have mark'd with blood those sleepy two of his own chamber, and us'd their very daggers, that they have done't” (21, Act 1, Scene 7)

he loses his conscience
he kills Macduff's family solely because he is scared that Macduff will over throw his power.
he feels nothing when his wife commits suicide. Lady Macbeth (Bad)

In the beginning of the play Lady Macbeth is conniving, manipulative, and villainous.
She is the reason Macbeth killed Duncan, because without her convincing him, he would never have thought of it or been able to actually commit the murder “... make thick my blood, stop up th'access and passage to remorse that no compunctious visitings of nature shake my fell purpose nor keep peace between th'effect and it” (15, Act 1, Scene 5) Lady Macbeth (Good/insane)

she becomes ill due to what she forced Macbeth to do, she feels like she is the one responsible for the deaths
she began to develop a conscience in her sub-conscious “Here's the smell of the blood still; all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand... Wash your hands... What's done cannot be undone”
(85, Act 5, Scene 1). Conflict Man vs Man

{ Macbeth & Macduff }

- Macduff is suspicious of Macbeth
being Duncan's murderer.

- Macbeth doesn't want Macduff to
interfere with the people perception
of him. Man vs Self

{ Macbeth & Himself }

- Macbeth went against what he knew was right, his morals.

- After killing Duncan, his conscience will not let him rest.

- Macbeth relies on what the Weïrd Sisters say about his future. The play progressively gets more violent and becomes disastrous for everyone. Plot Development Duncan as King Good Leader Good Country Macbeth as King Bad Leader Country in despair Malcolm as King Good Leader Country in repair “We will perform in measure, time and place. So, thanks to all at once and to each one, Whom we invite to see us crown'd at Scone” (100, Act 5, Scene 9). In conclusion, we have established that absolute power corrupts absolutely when the way in which the power is obtained is through cowardly and unjust actions.
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