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“Do you believe that Macbeth is a complete villain or does he have some redeeming qualities?

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"Do you believe that Macbeth is a complete villain or does he have some redeeming qualities?" At the beginning of the play Macbeth has a lot of good qualities like he is very loyal towards his king. This is shown by how, on the battlefield, Macbeth hunts down Macdonwald, who is a Scottish traitor, and "unseams him from the nave to the chaps." This also shows Macbeth patriotism, as he is disgusted at how someone could betray their own country. Another way in which Macbeth shows his patriotism is when he put his life on the line for Scotland during battle. Macbeth wins the battle for his king and country, with Banquo by his side, by fighting like: "cannons overcharged with double cracks." The captain talks about Macbeth as "Valour's minion." The captain has personified courage and then has said that Macbeth is the slave of it. The captain also calls him "brave Macbeth." Rosse describes Macbeth as "Bellona's bridegroom." He says this because Bellona is the Goddess of war and Rosse is saying that Macbeth battled with such passion and greatness that he is worthy of being her husband. King Duncan says a lot of good things about Macbeth, like "worthy gentlemen", "valiant cousin", and "noble Macbeth." ...read more.

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He is the king's cousin. We know this because the king says "valiant cousin." Duncan is a good king: "So clear in his great office." The king is a guest at his house and so Macbeth should protect him, not hurt him. Duncan respects Macbeth, which makes other men respect him: "He hath honoured me of late; and I have bought Golden opinions from all sorts of people." She gets him to do the deed by saying that she will measure his love for her by whether or not he kills Duncan: "From this time Such I account thy love." Also she calls him a coward if he doesn't do it: "I dare do all that may become a man; Who dares do more is none" I think that Macbeth is only partly to blame for the death of Duncan because the witches and Lady Macbeth both tried to make him do it but Macbeth was the one who did do it. When he is on his way to kill Duncan he sees Banquo and Fleance. Banquo wants to talk about the witches as he can't sleep at night because of the bad dreams and so he prays instead. ...read more.

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I would now call Macbeth a complete villain because he is killing people who pose no threat to him and who are innocent. At the end of the play Macbeth knows that he is going to die want wants to do it on the battlefield, as a warrior. Macbeth recognizes his own evil when he hears a women cry and it doesn't scare him, where as at the beginning of the play it would of. He says: "I have almost forgotten the taste of fears." When he finds out that Lady Macbeth has died hr doesn't care. He says: "She should of died hereafter." Macduff says: "thou bloodier villain Than terms can give thee out!" At the end of the play Macbeth only has one heroic quality. That's his courage, even though he is fighting to saving himself. That reminds us of the potential for greatness that Macbeth had at the beginning of the play. Now he has thrown it all away. All that Macbeth did throughout the play was a waste, as he achieved nothing. All he did was lose things, like his life, eternal life, his wife, friends, respect and honour. At the end of the play he is a "dead butcher." ?? ?? ?? ?? Michael Vagg Macbeth Coursework ...read more.

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