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In this essay I would be looking at Macbeth's character on how he changes throughout the play and to base this evidence on weather he was a tyrant or a tragic hero.

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Macbeth Introduction In this essay I would be looking at Macbeth's character on how he changes throughout the play and to base this evidence on weather he was a tyrant or a tragic hero. The play focuses on the changing character of Macbeth and his increasing greed for power. Many factors contribute to the changes to Macbeth throughout the play which cause the character to deteriorate from a man with nobility and good intentions to one who is ruled by ambition and greed. The play begins with the scene of three witches who prophesise that three events will occur to Macbeth. The Elizabethans believed strongly in supernatural, and associated the devil and witches with this. It was thought that witches were enemies of mankind, causing bad weather, crops to fail and bringing death upon families. As shown in act 1; scene 3, it was also thought that the witches could see into the future. ] Is Macbeth a tyrant or a tragic hero? Macbeth at the start of the play At the beginning in act one Macbeth is generally seen as a good person. The first impression of Macbeth is of bravery. He is a brave solider and is very strong. ...read more.

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Macbeth is troubled by his conscience Macbeth: "Will Neptune's ocean wash this blood clean from my hand ?No, this my hand will rather the multitudinous seas incardine, making the green one red" Shakespeare uses this speech to emphasise how guilty Macbeth is feeling. Macbeth speaks of how his hands can never be free of Duncan blood. Macbeth pulls himself together Macbeth's friend Banquo's suspicions of Macbeth make Macbeth look more of a tyrant in the audience's eyes Banquo: "thou hast it now, king, cawdor, Glamis, all, as the weird women Promised, and I fear thou Play'dst most fowly For it" This is Banquos suspicion of Macbeth, he thinks Macbeth has done something terrible. He is saying that Macbeth has got the crown but he has played unfairly for it. This shows macbeth as more of a villain than a hero, I think Banquos suspicions are that macbeth has killed the king to win the crown, and blamed it all on Malcolm. Macbeth has been seen more of tyrant by the audience because he kills his best friend just to save his kingship. He does this without his wife's help or encouragement. Macbeth would now kill anyone who stands in his way. ...read more.

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We'll have thee, as rarer monsters are, Painted upon a pole, and undertwit," 'Here may you see the tyrant.' The language used by Shakespeare shows that Macduff is forcing Macbeth to fight, by calling him a coward. So Shakespeare created a scene of sympathy and violence. Macduff eventually kills Macbeth. After this the audience might feel sorry for Macbeth, but he will still be looked upon as a villain. Macbeths tragedy Overall I think Shakespeare intended Macbeth to be a villain. This is because the impression the audience got of him because of all the unnecessary killings he had carried out, he got to a point where he was totally hated by the audience because, he killed Macduffs wife and child for excessive reasons. At the start of the play he was shown as a hero because he fought the Scottish Highlanders and the Norway's army. But gradually through the play he became more and more of a villain. Maybe if he had not been easily influenced by his wife, he would of turned out to be a good person. After he had killed Duncan and the guards he started to believe in his killing. So he kept on killing other people, to keep his position safe. A good brave respected man was changed in to a monster that would kill anybody in its way. Macbeth was a cold-blooded tyrant. ...read more.

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