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Human Values Depicted In The Tragedies Of Macbeth

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How moral values are treated in Shakespeare’s play ‘The tragedies of Macbeth’

Low value is placed in human life. People are murdered for personal gain. Death results to revenge which also involves the shed of blood. Morally according to the bible killing is a sin and revenge is also said to be an evil trait, it advocates for forgiving and forgetting. A wounded sergeant reports to King Duncan of Scotland that his generals, Macbeth (who is the Thane of Glamis) and Banquo, have just defeated the allied forces of Norway and Ireland, led by the rebel Macdonwald. Macbeth, the King's kinsman, is praised for his bravery and fighting prowess and awarded ...view middle of the document...

They trick Macbeth and make him believe there prophesy. By telling him he will be the King they put Macbeth into temptation because they were indirectly telling him to murder the King, Duncan. They defy religion as religion states no one is to put the other into temptations. Religion is one of the major institutions that lay the moral values of man.
Women are portrayed as evil in the play. A witch is a practitioner of witchcraft. In the play the three practitioners of witchcraft are women. They are held responsible for misguiding Macbeth to his downfall. Witchcraft has a goddess not a god, Hecate goddess of witchcraft. Hecate is angry as to why she has not been allowed any part in Macbeth’s downfall. She points out that Macbeth wants evil to triumph for his sake, not for theirs. She orders her companions to return the following day so that they can raise visions that will drive Macbeth mad. Appearance of the witches is announced by thunder, symbolizing the forces and the chaos they unleash. The repetitious chanting of their words and the vividly realized details and what they throw into their cauldron give a strong impression of evil. The witches have gathered the most revolting reptiles, the most venomous snakes, even the finger of a...

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