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In 'Macbeth' Shakespeare shows how a man once considered noble and brave can become an evil tyrant.

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Ruby Spender In 'Macbeth' Shakespeare shows how a man once considered noble and brave can become an evil tyrant. Trance the changes in 'Macbeth', looking closely at the language used by him and about him. Was he entirely responsible for his actions? Brave or brutal? Which word best describes Macbeth? At the start of the play Macbeth is said to be brave, noble, worthy and valiant showing that Macbeth had a good reputation. The king thinks very highly of him and to show his trust in Macbeth makes him Thane of Cawdor. But do these words unnecessarily violent, extreme, brutal, ruthless describe more accurately the real Macbeth. The man who 'unseamed [an enemy] from the nave to the chops, and fixed his head upon [the] battlements.' Could this prove that under Macbeth's skin runs evil blood? 'All hail Macbeth hail to thee Thane of Glamis! All hail Macbeth, hail to thee Thane of Cawdor! ...read more.


But still Lady Macbeth kept on at her husband until he finally gave in this shows that maybe Macbeth was a weak man but not necessarily evil. However at the time this play was written people believed that the king was appointed by God so by killing the king you were going against God which is evil, so does this mean that Macbeth was really evil for carrying out the deed that his wife planned for him? Or was he just a partaker pushed by his own wife's evil plans and thoughts? Banquo, Macbeth's best friend but also the man whose children threatened to take the crown from Macbeth and Macbeth's family. Macbeth decided that the only way to keep the title of king was to kill Banquo and Banquo's son. This time Lady Macbeth and the witches held no part in the murder. Macbeth plans and hires the murders his self. ...read more.


'Tell thee Macduff was from his mother's womb untimely ripped' one thing Macbeth did not count on was the fact that Macduff was not born naturally. Macduff calls Macbeth a 'Tyrant' and also a 'coward' before he kills him. Macbeth, tyrant or noble? In my opinion Macbeth was an evil man that hide behind a mask of bravery. Yes he may have need pushing on the murder of kill King Duncan but he was quite able to do the other to murders without any help although I also believe that the witches and Lady Macbeth were also to blame. If the witches hadn't had start the whole chain of events then maybe Macbeth would never have had connected to his dark side. If Lady Macbeth had obeyed her husband when he told her that he did not want to kill the king then maybe Macbeth would not have ended the way he did. However if Macbeth had just killed the witches or stood strong against his wife none of this may have happened. In conclusion I believe that Macbeth was an evil tyrant. 1 ...read more.

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