Examine the influences and events of the play to discuss to what extent macbeth may be described as evil.
The word evil to me means someone whose cold hearted, mean and doesnt care for anyone in the world apart from themselves. In the beginning of the play, Macbeth doesnt seem evil in anyway. Hes come back from war and fought bravely. Some may even say heroically. In the first scene of the witches we feel scared and curious, and in the next scene the play shirfts from the gruesome world of the witches to royal authority. We learn that Macbeth has been a loyal solidior to king Duncan. The audience doesnt suspect Macbeth to be evil at all, although he eid kill very gruesomely at war.
Later on in the play he goes on to murder several people. However these murders do not make the audience think so highly of Macbeth. Macbeth murdered several people during the course of the play. When Macbeth murdered someone at war, he killed them very gruesomely but it was not considered evil because it was considered the noble and brave thing to do. When he killed the king however it was thought of as a very evil deed. I think that murder is evil in most circumstances, and therefore many evil things happen during the play.
I think that it is possible to be made evil against your will, i think that Macbeth was made to perform the evil deeds that he did because of his wife and the witches. I think that the reason that he had such an unfortunate life is because of his 'fatal flaws', when he first kills Duncan its because one one of his fatal flaws, determination. He was so determined to become the king that he let his wife persuade him into doing something that he knew deep down was wrong.
There are many times when we sympathise with Macbeth, we first sympathise with him when his wife questions his manhood, we feel very sorry for him and he has a choice of going with his concience or his wife. We also feel sorry for him when murdering seems to become a regular thing for Macbeth and he realizes he has to keep on murdering to cover up the previous victim.