DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH (MA STUDENT)
SIDHO-KANHO-BIRSHA UNIVERSITY, PURULIA, WEST BENGAL, INDIA
Abstract: The chief objective of this paper is to find out the features of Evil, Corruption, Manipulation and Abuse of power in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Shakespeare is the leading and prominent dramatist of Elizabethan era. He is often regarded as England’s ‘national poet’ and the ‘Bard of Avon’. The full title of Macbeth is ‘the Tragedy of Macbeth’. This is a tragedy where hellhound becomes a hero. Shakespeare presents the psychological battle in Macbeth through soliloquy and aside. As a result Macbeth’s physical action are distinct from his mental actions. The source of Macbeth is Holinshed’s Chronicles. Shakespeare modified many facts of stories from the purpose of tragic effect. The play opens with the witches. The witches belong to natural calamity symbolically they are associated with the calamity in human nature. The witches implicitly mention two battles. They know that Macbeth will open the physical battle. But they also know that they will defeat Macbeth in physical battle. The witches are single in their purpose. They want to meet Macbeth to united strength of the evil sets as a contrast to the rebellion against Duncan. Macbeth killed Duncan to acquire the crown. To collect it he uses the tricks of corruption and Manipulation. He also misuses the power to maintain his kingdom. He killed Banquo and Macduff’s innocent wife and child. But he forgot that the crown for which he and his wife killed Duncan and several on and bring a tempest on their life it will be the cause of their destruction.
Key Word: evil, corruption, manipulation, tragic, killed, rebellion