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How do the audience witness the degeneration of Macbeth from Hero to Villian?

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James Davison Shakespeare Essay 1st February 06 How do the audience witness the degeneration of Macbeth from Hero to Villian? Shakespeare uses the Aris Totle tragic pattern in many of his plays and Macbeth is no exception. Using the Aris Totle tragic pattern the audience witness Macbeth's downfall from his height of happiness and power (Hubris) to a low bloodthirsty killer (Nemesis). The Audience of that era and even today love to hate the villian, in this case Macbeth. In the beggining the audience see Macbeth as a 'brave' and loyal warrior, who had just defeated the Nowegians, everyone was celebrating. In Act 1 Scene 3 Macbeth, accompanied by Banquo, comes across three witches and they start a conversation of the most sinister nature. This conversation makes the audience question Macbeth's character, in those times talking to witches was bad enough but the subject of the conversation just made things truelly bad. ' All hail Macbeth Thane of Glams... All hail Macbeth Thane of Cawdor... All hail Macbeth King.' This was the prophecy of which the witches spoke and as soon as Macbeth seemed to be intriged with, this above all would make anyone in that era question Macbeth's character, to even think of conspiring against the King was diabolical. ...read more.


to be murdered but not only because Banquo is suspicous but Banquo was predicted that his descendants would be kings and Macbeth would not allow this. In Act 3 Macbeth hires two henchman to kill not only Banquo but his son Fliance, the would of shocked and disturbed the audience for they believed that killing a child or women was EVIL! for they were innocent and pure. Banquo was dead, suspicion was of Macbeth but at a celebration feast for Macbeth's ascendance on to the throne, Macbeth sees the ghost of Banquo in the chair placed for Banquo and suspicion began again even his wife was suspicous and she to had no idea of Macbeth's plans. Macduff, a visiting nobleman confronts Macbeth and he to is suspicious of Macbeth. Macbeth- who at this point is very worried- confronts the witches once again for he believes that they are only ones he can trust, he is starting to go mad and doesn't know who to trust. The witches give him three visions: 1. A severed armoured head ( this means that Macbeth will fall and to beware Macduff) 2. A crowned child with a tree branch in hand (He can not be defeated until Malcolm and Donalbain return to Dunsenain) ...read more.


Macbeth at the start was brave and loyal but as the play progressed he slowly became this tragic villian that was too ambitious for his own good. The audience first witness this in Act 1 Scene 3 and the ambition continued to grow and control him so much that he betrayed all the people he loved and that he didn't know who to trust. Macbeth's power hungry search lead to him killing a king, his best friend, women and children, and countless innocents which lead to his demise, Macbeth's ambition was his downfall. Now that you know about the play Macbeth and its origin what do you think? do you think that Macbeth was 'Evil' and got what was coming to him?. I personally think that Macbeth was slightly sinister/evil although some will argue that it was Macbeth's fate or that the witches 'poisoned' Macbeth's mind and that may be true, but on the other hand I think Macbeth had the free will to chose what he would do. Who do you agree with? and i know that some might not be able to decide because my analysis was quite short, what i say to you is read the play or better yet see it performed you'll enjoy it! and then you should be able to decide whether you think Macbeth had a just death or he was wrongly killed. ...read more.

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