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"Macbeth is a villain in whom there is little to admire" Is this your view?

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"Macbeth is a villain in whom there is little to admire" Is this your view? Macbeth, the protagonist in the play Macbeth, is capable of villainy but he has many admirable qualities. Some of these qualities are sorrow, guilt, courage and nobility, and commitment. As a result he is a man in whom there is much to admire. Sorrow is a respectable quality that is shown by Macbeth. He shows this quality towards the end of the play when he knows his reign is coming to an end. Macbeths sorrow shows he is an admirable and a man who shows natural emotions like sorrow. Macbeth's sorrow is evident in his soliloquy after his wife dies, where he says that life that is meaningless and worthless "Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more. It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury signifying nothing" This is also demonstrated after Macbeth kills Duncan and tells his wife how he really feels. ...read more.


It shows that he considers his crime very deeply and realises that no matter what he says or does will be able to take away his guilt. This is demonstrated when Macbeth says, "Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood clean from my hand? No; this my hand will rather the returning were as tedious as go o'er" Clearly it is obvious that through Macbeth's guilt he is a man worthy of respect. Further, courage and nobility are decent qualities that are often shown by Macbeth. He exhibits bravery and nobility throughout the entire play. His bravery and nobility shows that he thinks about his actions and that when he does make a decision he continues through with it. Macbeth shows courage during the battle against the Norwegians at the start of the play and during the fight between him and Macduff at the end of the play. This is displayed when he is referred to as "brave Macbeth- well he deserves that name" and "O valiant cousin, worthy gentlemen" at the beginning of the play, after the battle against the Norwegians. ...read more.


This is demonstrated when Macbeth says "I am in blood stepped in so far that should I wade no more, returning were as tedious as go o'er". Additionally, Macbeth shows commitment when he tells himself before Duncan's murder that if he does no do it now he wont be able to do it later. This shows that he realises that he must follow through with the promise that he made earlier to Lady Macbeth. This is demonstrated when Macbeth says "If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well it were done quickly" It is obvious that Macbeth's commitment makes him a man that is worthy of admiration. Macbeth is a honourable man who is pushed into committing villenous acts by his vindictive Queen who brings about his unfortunate downfall. He mourns the death of his wife, he suffers tremendous guilt and remorse after committing crimes and his nobility and honour are shown when he fight courageously and fearlessly against Macduff and Malcolm's army. Shakespeare has created a truly, remarkable, adverse and antithetical character in Macbeth who is never afraid to act no matter the consequence. ...read more.

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