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Macbeth Hero or Villain Macbeth is tragic play written by William Shakespeare in early 1606. The Tragedie of Macbeth was first published in the First Folio of 1623, seven years after Shakespeare's death and seventeen years after the play was first performed. Perhaps it was written for a Scottish King James I, who was given the English crown for the first time in history. In addition, he was particularly afraid of witches. It is Shakespeare's most constricting and oppressive play; unpleasantly intimate human study of terror and paranoia, of the power of imagination and mistrust. In this essay, I would study Macbeth's personality in more detail in order to enable myself to conclude whether he was a hero or villain. In accordance with the traditional specification of a hero requires being, a person who opposes a conflicting force, either externally or internally, a conflicting force from its own state or another. ...read more.


Broadly speaking, witches merely predict the future but they do not suggest Macbeth to kill his king to get the throne. Though Macbeth gets ambitious after learning the predictions, but I do not find any strong evidence to support the idea that he goes evil right away. When Macbeth reaches the castle, Duncan shows high respect towards Macbeth by saying: "O worthiest cousin, The sin of my gratitude even now Was heavy on me. Thou art so found before, The swiftest wing of recompense is slow To overtake thee. Would thou hadst less deserved, Might have been mine. Only I have left to say, More is thy due than more than all can pay. The quote above conveys an image of influence of bravery of Macbeth over his king and all other noblemen, as they do not disagree with king. Afterwards as Macbeth informs his wife about the three predictions he has learnt, she expresses herself more ambitious than Macbeth. ...read more.


1. Her extraordinary invocations of the 'you spirits / That tend on mortal thoughts' (Act 1, Sc. 5) especially pleads. When Lady Macbeth has no choice then she uses her tactics to stop Macbeth wimping out of Duncan's murder. Another evidence that supports the view as Macbeth being villain is found in Act 2, Sc.1, when Macbeth is having friendly chitchat with his dearest friend Banquo and on the other hand, he orders two murderers to kill Banquo and his Son, Fleance. The reason behind it is also based upon witches' predictions. Macbeth is at his worst when he murders Lady Macduff and her cheeky children. The reason behind murdering her and her babes is connected to witches predictions. As the witches warn Macbeth to be aware of Macduff. Macbeth cannot kill Macduff as he flees to England. In conclusion, I would reckon Macbeth as a valorous hero turning into a serial killer. He is also weak before Lady Macbeth. Though he knows that witches are evil but he never realise it. In fact, Macbeth made a misjudgement between the temporal (Good) crown and eternal crown (Heaven). ...read more.

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