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

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Macbeth Do you believe that Macbeth is a complete villain or does he have some redeeming qualities? This Essay will focus on the tragic tale of 'Macbeth', and by doing this I should be able to come up with both his villainous and redeeming qualities, which are shown from the very start of this play. He is a strong warrior along with the fact that people think highly of him, but in addition he is associated with the witches, as in one of the first lines a witch proclaims, "There to meet with Macbeth", which to the reader gives a sign of potential evil with Macbeth. At the beginning of the play, everybody is admiring Macbeth, which is essential information on how highly people think of him. Its essential because the reader first thinks that Macbeth is a very respected person. He is described as "brave Macbeth" which obviously gives him a redeeming quality. The captain tells Duncan that Macbeth and Banquo enjoy killing opponents on the front line, which gives Macbeth an evil quality that he actually enjoys murders. "They meant to bathe in reeking wounds", indicates this. Blood is usually associated with evilness and hatred, which could give the reader a vision of evilness inside Macbeth. Macbeth's attitude to his wife is rather bizarre as his actions towards her change constantly. "They met me on the day of success", designates that Macbeth is telling Lady Macbeth about the witches. ...read more.

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"And live like a coward..." she exclaims, and tells him that he is like the cat who wants the fish but doesn't want to get its feet wet. By doing this she gets into Macbeth's mind. He doesn't want her to think he's a complete coward! He starts to realize what she's doing. She is mocking his man hood because she knows he will not stand for this. She knows all of her husband's weak points. This gives Macbeth a redeeming quality. Although he can be forced into this, there are instincts inside him that tell him he isnt one hundred percent sure whether he wants to go ahead with it. There's a chance that Macbeth is not to blame for the death of Duncan. Lady Macbeth plays a key role in the death. After mocking him to persuade him to commit the evil deed she also takes charge and sets everything up. Also there are the witches who started the whole plot by predicting the future to Macbeth. His own conscience plays a part as well. He has in a way confused himself of the facts that he wants to be come king but in order to do so he has so murder Duncan. However these thoughts he has are pushing him away from this opportunity. After Macbeth has killed Duncan, Macbeth is evil however he still has an anxious mentality. ...read more.

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He should now have friends and love but he hasn't. This is a redeeming quality for Macbeth although he leaves it a bit too late. The deeds are done. Hearing that Lady Macbeth is dead, he reflects on the pointlessness of life. His confidence goes and he realizes that he could die. "Tomorrow... creeps in this pretty," suggests this. Macduff calls Macbeth a tyrant, suggesting that he is some kind of a bully, an oppressor if you may. He also orders him to show his face. He is doing what lady Macbeth did to try and make Macbeth feel like a coward. Torment him. This is a villainous quality for Macbeth, as after all the people's lives he has ruined he cannot face one man who his country is battling against. Maybe he fears Macduff because he's has realized himself that he was not worthy of being king and that Macduff is. Macbeth's only heroic quality now is his courage that he is now fighting to save his own life, battling till the end. His potential is coming back that he once had at the start of this play. This is a redeeming quality to Macbeth as there's a chance he is now realizes that 'what goes around comes around'. He is starting to make more sense. MACDUFF KILLS MACBETH... As my essay comes to a close; I believe that Macbeth is not completely a villain. Although he has many villainous qualities, he also has many redeeming ones. Therefore I would state that Macbeth was influenced to commit these awful sins. Alex Nash 10E English Miss Rees ...read more.

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