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How far do you consider Macbeth to be either a hero or a villain?

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Sasha Campbell English Coursework 02/06/04 How far do you consider Macbeth to be either a hero or a villain? 'I dare do all that may become a man; /who dares do more is none' Are these the words of a hero or a villain? At the beginning he is known as 'noble' and 'brave' but gradually transforms into a 'hell hound' and a 'dead butcher'. His path to damnation was perhaps not only his doing but maybe the influence of others could have pushed him towards evil. In order to find some answers it is important to consider the parts played by his manipulative wife, the three witches as well as his twisted morals and reckless ambition. William Shakespeare introduces Macbeth as a renowned warrior, valiant and courageous. People around him call him 'brave Macbeth' and 'noble Macbeth' and importantly he was seen as a hero by the king and those who fought with him. However, there is an underlying thirst for blood in his character that can be spotted early in the play 'he unseamed him from ...read more.

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She is so ruthless and cruel she would kill her own child, 'dashed the brains out,' as sacrifice for her husband therefore she expects Macbeth to be able to kill Duncan for her. She implies that if Macbeth loved her he would do it. She said she would do it for 'them', however 'Had he not resembled/My father as he slept, I had done't.' This gives us an idea of the extent that Lady Macbeth is willing to go for glory. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have a close relationship, which is ripped apart by the murder of Duncan. She thinks less of murdering people than Macbeth does 'These deeds must not be thought/After these ways; so it will make us mad.' Lady Macbeth said it was not the deed that would bring ruin but thinking about it. Another thought to consider is if Macbeth had not been manipulated and bullied into the murder by his wife, would he still have committed it? ...read more.

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The third apparition states 'Macbeth shall never vanquished be, until / Great Birnham wood to high Dunsinane hill/ Shall come against him.' This reinforces Macbeth's belief that he is invincible even further ass he considers this happening impossible. Therefore we can observe caused that Macbeth's character, his paranoia, insecurity and lack of self conviction as well as the influences of the witches and Lady Macbeth that led to his downfall. Consequently, the fact that Macbeth became more of a villain towards the end of the play is not completely his fault but others as well. I think that Macbeth had the makings of a hero and a villain and it was just a case of who offered Macbeth a better deal. He was bloodthirsty and ruthless but all the while he was brave, right until the end. He began as a hero but became corrupted by evil. This is still relevant today, because many people still become corrupted by evil, though their temptations are not in the form of witches. ...read more.

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