Macbeth Themes - Justice
Shakespeare's plays have a strong sense of justice. The evildoers get their just desserts, though by their evil actions the innocent suffer along the way. Macbeth will take his chances with heavenly judgement ("We'ld jump the life to come"), but is afraid of earthly justice ("We still have judgement here"). He knows that the evil people do comes back to haunt them, a kind of poetic justice ("this even handed justice/Commends th' ingredients of our poison'd chalice/To our own lips"). Yet despite this insight Macbeth still goes ahead with the murder, and as expected it ruins him.

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