Words of Wisdom:

"may lord pashupatinath bless all" - Bubu


  • Date Submitted: 01/28/2010 05:14 AM
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The good characters in Macbeth are less interesting than the evil ones.

I agree.

Everybody has an ‘evil seed’ planted in them. Only the really evil person acts on them and commits something morally wrong. Like Macbeth. When Macbeth first received the prophecies, he actually considered them. “ Two truths are told,…but what is not” (line 137-152, Pg 27-29). We see him arguing with himself and feeling disgusted that he even thought that. That was interesting because we get the feeling that something out of the ordinary is coming up and our anticipation gets into the story straightaway. At the end, we didn’t expect that a murderer like Macbeth would have a dramatic and poetic imagination “To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,…And then is heard no more: it is a tale” (line 21-28, Pg 233), or that he would, even in defeat, display conscience and bravery. “I will not yield to kiss the ground before young Malcolm’s feet,…And damn’d be him that first cries ‘Hold, enough!’” (line 32-39, Pg 249). We are surprised, and astonished because we see Macbeth in a different light and for that reason, he is interesting. While Banquo (the good character) on the other hand, was sceptical and quickly dismissed the idea of the prophecies, saying it was just their imagination. “ Were such thing here as we do speak about? …That takes the reason prisoner?” (line 86-89, Pg 27). That response was so predictable. There was no excitement at all.

Lady Macbeth. When she got the letter from Macbeth about the prophecies, she immediately thinks of murder and we saw how evil she really was. “ The raven himself is hoarse,…To cry, ‘Hold, hold!’” (line 41-57, Pg 41). Here we see her summon evil spirits to thicken her blood and to turn her milk into bitter gall and then calls on them to prevent her from feeling remorse and to remove her femineity. This is very intriguing. We didn’t even expect that an apparently strong, practical, and determined...


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