How William Shakespeare Developed Evil, Violence and Death in the Play Macbeth

How William Shakespeare Developed Evil, Violence and Death in the Play Macbeth

In William Shakespeare life, he wrote many tragedies. Shakespeare didn’t leave anything behind so every one that reads any of his plays then you would have to guess what he was thinking. He uses evil, violence, and death in all of his plays, so I found out that in William Shakespeare play, Macbeth has evil, violence, and death.

Macbeth is one of William Shakespeare shortest tragic and most famous play he ever did. It was written in 1606 to 1607 and this play was also known as “The Scottish play.” Is Macbeth truly a tragedy? Yes, because Macbeth escalating outrages as he, by an uncontrolled ambition he achieve his goals through the cold-blooded murder of his king and cousins, friend, and his enemy’s wife and children. The play start off with three witches talking about where they will meet and at the end of the scene three witches said, “Foul is Fair and Fair is Foul” (Act One scene one). From the journal article “Shakespeare’s conception of moral order in Macbeth” it stated in this world where “fair becomes foul, and foul is fair,” so that, for Macbeth, “nothing is/ But what is not” (I.iii 141-42), the first human begins we see are themselves in the process of encountering a man cover with blood and the first line spoken by the king: “What bloody man is that?” (I.ii.1). and from the “wikipedia Encyclopedia” it stated that there are several themes in the play like ambition, blood, betrayal, war, evil, and many others. So when I read this on the internet then I believe that this will be a tragic play. Then act one scene two show us that a battle had been taking place and then Macbeth is introduced in the play as a brave man who led king Duncan’s force against the traitorous Norwegian, Thane of Cawdor, Macdonwald and the king of Norway. Then King Duncan ask the sergeants for the report from the battle and the sergeants said that Macbeth and Banquo had defeated the Norwegians and King Duncan was overjoyed with the news, so king Duncan told the sergeant to let Macbeth know that his now the new thane of Cawdor and King Duncan would executed the previous Thane of Cawdor himself. In Act one, scene iii Banquo and Macbeth were saw the three witches and the three witches greet Macbeth by saying, “Hail Thane of Glamis,” “Hail Thane of Cawdor,” and “King of Scotland.” When you think of the prophecy that had been told by the three witches that Macbeth would be king of Scotland than it had set Macbeth on a killing steak. We also meet Banquo and the witches also told him that one of his descendants would be king of Scotland after Macbeth is king. But this prophecy also makes them a little nervous because they are afraid that they will be tricked into betraying Duncan to achieve the throne. Macbeth vows to let things happen as they will without his interference.

In Scene 4, Duncan thanks Macbeth and Banquo for his loyalty and tells him that there is no way to repay him for his service and King Duncan announces that his son, Malcolm, is to be the Prince of Cumberland and heir to the Scottish throne. This part of the scene had shock Macbeth but he recover from the shock and he invites the king and his entourage to his castle at Glamis to celebrate. We see in scene five Macbeth’s wife, Lady Macbeth, reading a letter from her husband tell her the prediction from the three witches of rise in power. When Macbeth arrived back to his castle; Lady Macbeth told him that she read the letter and she will see to it that the witches are right about Macbeth's royalty. Then in the book “Understanding Macbeth” it stated, “she fear that her husband may be too full o’th’milk of human kindness.” The sixth scene one King Duncan, Malcolm, Donalbain, Banquo, and other lord and attendants arrive at Macbeth’s castle and Lady Macbeth greeted them all to their home and Duncan ask Lady Macbeth to led him to her husband and they were escorted inside the castle. The last scene in act one Lady Macbeth convinces Macbeth to kill Duncan, but Macbeth’s soliloquy debates on the idea of killing king Duncan. Then he came to realize some of King Duncan good qualities, so he decide not to go through with until his wife came to tell that he is lack the courage to act upon his desire. When Macbeth listens to the truth from his wife then they decide to kill king Duncan and make himself king. In Act two scene one, we see a dagger leading Macbeth toward Duncan’s room. It was after midnight in the court of the castle in the middle of the night because he can't sleep, but Banquo is surprised that Macbeth is still awake because Duncan is already in bed. When Macbeth sent Banquo off to bed and told one of the servants to have the drink ready. When Macbeth was alone, he said “a dagger of the mind, a false creation, proceeding from the heart- oppressed brain.” Then he hears the bell ringing and it signal him to kill King Duncan. Scene two from act two, we see that Macbeth have killed King Duncan and Lady Macbeth was worried that her cowardly husband didn’t complete the murder, but she is relieved when she sees that the noise that she heard was her husband returning with the soldiers' daggers covered in blood. Macbeth is afraid that the stain of Duncan's blood will not clean off his hands. Lady Macbeth takes the daggers back to Duncan's body and smears the king's blood on the sleeping soldiers so that it incriminates them for the murder. In the third scene, Macduff explains that they've come to meet with Duncan as he ordered them to, so Macbeth leads the men to the king's room. He pretends that he believes that the king is still sleeping. When Macduff goes to wake the king Lennox tells Macbeth about the ominous bird calls believed to prophecy death that kept them awake through the night. Macduff comes out of the king's room yelling that the king has been murdered. Macbeth, acting shocked, enraged, and heartbroken, follows Lennox into the slain king's room. Macduff shouts for alarm bells to be rung to wake the castle because the king has been killed. The king's sons are afraid that they are in danger because they are the heirs to the throne. For safety they decide that Malcolm will go to England and Donalbain to Ireland because they believe that the plot is not finished and they are the next targets. In the last scene we see an old man and Ross discuss current event about the death of King Duncan. Macduff believe that Malcolm and Donalbain probably bribed the guards who murdered the king because the young men have fled the castle. The way that they left suggests guilt, so Macbeth inherits the throne. Macbeth will go to be coronate and Ross will go with him.

In Act 3 scene one the setting take place at the king palace in forres, Scotland. Banquo is alone and his voice concerns about Macbeth, but Macbeth has gathered all the titles that the witches foretold he would. He was the lord of Glamis, became the lord of Cawdor, and then king--fulfilling the witches' predictions. Banquo, however, suspects that Macbeth pushed the prophecy to fruition through foul play. But Banquo also remembers that the witches predicted that it would be Banquo's line that would succeed Macbeth on the Scottish throne. This prophesies make Banquo an enemy to Macbeth and so Macbeth has murder Banquo and Banquo ghost hunts Macbeth. In scene two Macbeth discuss the problem with Lady Macbeth about Banquo, but Macbeth's only comfort is that Banquo and Fleance can be killed. He warns Lady Macbeth that before the night is over another terrible deed will be done, but he does not tell her of his conspiracy to kill Banquo and his son. Night begins to fall around the castle and the third scene I see that Macbeth hired three murders to kill Banquo but during the short fight banquo is killed and his son managed to escape and the three murders have complete half of their mission, but they resolved to inform Macbeth anyway. Back at the diner hall of royal palace (scene four) Macbeth had a banquet for his subject and one the murder had to see blood on his face and said, “There blood upon thy face” and the murder replies, “Tis Banquo’s then.” Macbeth is satisfied to see the blood on the murderer's face and learn that Banquo is dead. He believes that he can take care of Fleance in time, so he is not worried about the young man now. He tells the murderer that they will meet tomorrow. In scene five, the three witches meet Hecate on a heath. Hecate is angry with the witches for telling Macbeth of his fortune without calling on her at all. Did the witches drive Macbeth to his downfall? Yes, because Hecate was really mad at the three witches for tell him the prophesies without her permission and so Hecate and the three witches cause Macbeth downfall. In last scene in act three Lennox seems to think that Fleance has killed his father just as Malcolm and Donalbain are assumed to have hired the guards to kill their father. He thinks that if Macbeth found Banquo's son or the sons of Duncan, he might tear them apart as he did the guards who were smeared in Duncan's blood. Lennox seems not to suspect Macbeth's real reason for murdering the guards nor why Macbeth would kill Fleance, Malcolm, or Donalbain.