Analysis of Macbeth by William Shakespeare Essay
Critic A. Quiller-Couch states that “tragedy demands some sympathy with the …show more content…
The witches use Macbeth as a tool to generate evil causing social disruption and catastrophe. He is only too ready to believe the witch’s oracles which speak of perpetual safety. Their prophecies harmonize with his own flights of imagination only to reveal that “nothing is/ but what is not”. He becomes their willing instrument; he sees and does not see; supernatural manifestations obscure his sense of reality.
Brother Michael William describes the play as “about failing to come to terms with ambiguity and being taken over by it”; “fair is foul and foul is fair” underlines the theme of appearances versus reality. “The witches breathe desire upon the seeds of evil that already exist within him.” By releasing this potential for evil, chaos and suffering ensue until order is restored. Brother Michael also suggests that what is “behind good and evil and what is more fundamental matters predispose men to blood, lust and ambition.”
L.V. Knights states that “Macbeth defines a particular kind of evil- this evil that results from a lust for power”. This lust for power “vaulting ambition which o’erleaps itself/ and falls on th’ other” gives rise to the destruction of order by killing Duncan and forces of evil that cause extensive