Macbeth Villany Essay

346 WordsMar 22, 20092 Pages
In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, an interloper of the throne, the character Macbeth exhibited characteristics of ambition and a lack of morals, which engulfed him and corrupted his soul, leading to his inevitable downfall. The definition of a villain is someone who is evil, corrupt and a scoundrel. Ambition was Macbeth’s seed of corruption, which later grew into pure evil. As the heinous wife of Macbeth, Lady Macbeth expedited the growth of the seed of corruption that otherwise would have grown. In the beginning, Macbeth’s moral rose before ambition. (1.3.25-28) “I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition, which overleaps itself and falls on th’ other.” This was when Macbeth was noncommittal about the surreptitious plot to murder Duncan. But Lady Macbeth, acting as the source of Macbeth’s ambition, manipulated, seduced and cajoled Macbeth to kill Duncan. The door that led to tyranny, corruption and more murders was opened derived from ambition after the murder of Duncan, an act that deserves more than just castigation. Macbeth’s ascension to power elicited paranoia and madness. His paranoia made him murder anyone that stood in the way of him and power, which caused him to murder Macduff’s entire family and Banquo, Macbeth’s best friend. Macbeth’s second trait of villainy would be his lack of morals. He started out with morals but as corruption engulfed his soul, his morals slowly faded away. His strong morals were first shown in (1.7.31-33) “we will proceed no further in this business…not cast aside-so soon.” He later murdered Duncan, feeding to his insanity, and filling his soul with guilt. The murder of Duncan led to the murder of Banqou, but you could easily tell he had lost his morals because he made a swift decision to kill his best friend. Losing all sense of morals, Macbeth’s ambition and evil desire took over which made him

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