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The Symmetry of Evil: An Examination of Guilt and Trust in William Shakespeare's Macbeth
A reading of Macbeth using the moral philosophy of Paul Ricoeur can help explicate Macbeth's decision-making and subsequent actions. Such a reading places Macbeth within the context of Ricoeur's discursive responses to and multi-levelled analysis of evil. This paper uses Ricoeur's philosophy to explore the paradox behind Macbeth's behaviour, specifically why he continues to commit further wrongs despite recognizing that such acts will cause him further guilt. It is the central argument of thisdoi:10.14288/1.0074554 fatcat:6ij5dk7t5fgmll7mmqp7gtpz24