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Macbeth: Hero or Villain?

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English KALPESH BAMANIA 10.1 MACBETH: HERO OR VILLAIN? The ' Play Macbeth' gives the audience plenty of opportunities to consider the reasons for the main characters actions. In this essay, I will consider Macbeth as a brave, courageous noble warrior who shows his ambition to become a king, with the cold-blooded murder of king Duncan. However, in doing so, he has upset the natural peaceful condition and cannot hope to succeed. The play begins with the brief appearance of the three witches and then moves to a military camp, where the Scottish king Duncan hears the news that his generals, Macbeth and Banquo, have defeated a separate invading army from Norway, which was led by the rebel Macdonald. Because we first hear of Macbeth in the wounded captain's account of his battlefield valour in Act one, Scene two," For brave Macbeth disdaining fortune, with his brandish'd steel, which smok'd with bloody execution, carv'd out his passage, till he fac'd the slave." My initial impression is of a brave warrior. This all changes when I see Macbeth interact with the three witches. The witches prophecy Macbeth that he will be made Thane of Cawdor and eventually will be king. They also prophecy that Banquo, will have a line of Scottish Kings, but Banquo will never be king. ...read more.


By the strength of her will, she makes him to go ahead with their plot. While Duncan is asleep, Macbeth stabs him as they had planned despite his vision of the cowardly dagger. On the next morning Duncan's death is discovered, and as they had planned Macbeth blames the murder on the chamberlains and kills them and easily seizes the throne. Macbeth had seized the throne as they had planned. In addition, all the prophecies that the witches had made became a reality. However, Macbeth was fear full from one the witches' prophecy that Banquo's heirs will seize the throne. Because of his fear, Macbeth sends a group of murderers to kill Banquo and his son, Fleance. The murderers succeed on killing Banquo, but they failed to kill his son, who escapes. Macbeth becomes furious when he hears that Fleance is alive, " then comes my fit again. I had else been preferred; whole as the marble, founded as the rock, as broad, and general as the casing air." Macbeth feared that his throne was unsecured as long as Fleance is alive. This showed how ambitious Macbeth was to keep him secured in his throne, and to do so he started to do villainous act such as slaughtering his own best friend Banquo. At the feast that night, Banquo's ghost visits Macbeth. ...read more.


Macbeth continues to fight until Macduff kills and beheads him. Malcolm is then declared king of Scotland and invites all to see him crowned to Scone. In conclusion, it is clear that there are many possible reasons why Macbeth may have behaved in the way that he did through out the play. Because when I first hear of Macbeth on the wounded captains account of his battlefield valour, my first impression is of a brave and capable warrior, but once I see Macbeth interact with the three witches, I realize that his courage is joined by a consuming ambition and a tendency of self-doubt. The prediction that he will be king brings him joy. The three qualities bravery, ambition, and self-doubt struggle the mastery Macbeth through out the play. In this play Macbeth, I used to show the terrible effects that ambition and guilt could have on a man who lacks strength of character. I classify Macbeth as an evil, but his weak character separates him from a great villain. Unlike many of Shakespeare's other tragic heroes, Macbeth never seems to contempt suicide " why should I play the roman fool," he asks, " an die, on mine own sword?" As he explains in Scene V act 1 and 2. However, Here I see Macbeth as a hero because like most villains he doesn't run away instead he goes down fighting, bringing the play full circle, it begins and ends with him dying in combat. ...read more.

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