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Macbeth - Cruel Tyrant or tragic hero?

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Macbeth - Cruel Tyrant or tragic hero? In this essay I am going to examine about Macbeth characteristics. Is he a cruel tyrant or a tragic hero? He has the elements of Shakespeare's tragic heroic qualities. He is born of noble birth because he is a relation to the king. He is responsible for his own fate because he chooses to kill the king Duncan. He also has the attributes of true tragic hero because he has fallen from great heights. His heroic qualities can also been seen in Act 1 Scene 1&2, when Macbeth is described by King Duncan as 'valiant cousin and worthy gentleman'. At the beginning of the play he was respected by the people due to his braveness. He was called, 'brave Macbeth' and the captain says that he deserves that name. The captain was describing how bravely Macbeth killed their enemies in the battle. Even when the enemy had the advantage Macbeth did not give up and he is described by the captain as 'the doubly redoubling his strokes upon the foe". The darker side to Macbeth's character is that he is not scared of violence and blood. ...read more.


He says, "I am his kinsman and his subject". He knows that he is supposed to protect the king, not to destroy him. He is his subject, which means he is vital to the king. The second reason is that he thinks that he is the person who should shut the doors for the murderer. The evidence is "Who should against his murderer shut the door". He is his host and he should be against the murderer, and not murder the king himself. The third reason is Macbeth thinks about his king's virtues. He realises that he should not kill the king where everybody is pleased about him. He says that his "King virtues will plead like angels". The last reason is that he thinks about how he is honoured and rewarded in the kingdom. He thinks about his popularity and he doesn't want them to destroy. He also has taken in mind that he has golden opinions for all sorts of people. In contrast to this he only came up with one reason of why to kill the king. His ambition is his reason. ...read more.


He says that he sees the dagger before him. The dagger is the negative word, which is used to describe a knife. It also seems that the nature shows some signs of bad things, which is going to happen. From line 32 to 65 he uses a lot of negative words like "fatal vision, dagger, false creation, dudgeon guts of blood, Witchcraft celebrates and finally the horror. These words suggest that it is the death warning vision and his decision could deceive him. From these lines you can also see the rhyming couplets like lives, gives and knell, hell. Ending a paragraph like 'hell' emphasises that Macbeth has taken a bad decision. This helps emphasises the point that he is not going back on his decision. In Act3 Scene4, this is when the murderer kills Banquo. He comes to Macbeth where they all having the dinner. The first murderer said to Macbeth that "my good lord: safe in a ditch he bides, with twenty trenched gashes on his head". Now Macbeth knows that the Banquo is dead but in front of other people he questions people like where is Banquo and he also says that it would be nicer if he were there. He is hypocritical and this shows some of his tyrant qualities. ...read more.

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