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Macbeth's character in Macbeth

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Macbeth's character in Macbeth In this essay, am going to examine whether Macbeth was a hero or villain. A hero is a person greatly admired for his exceptional qualities or achievements. Villain is a wicked person in a play or film. Macbeth is a tragic hero and he must have had some potential nobility, some good qualities that made his downfall terrifying. He must be examined as a human being with weakness. Is he one who, as lady Macbeth says Act 1 sc v, " is too full of the milk of human kindness catch the nearest way", or is he the "butcher" that Malcom considers him to be in the final scene of the play? Or is he a victim of ambition or of moral weakness or of his limited concept of manliness, or even of a combination of circumstances that cause him to fall? From the opening scene Macbeth is chosen as a target for temptation; the witches as agents of evil plan their trap; so the stage is set for his downfall. HERO Brave-we learn of his physical prowess and bravery on the battle -"brave Macbeth", "valour's minion", "valiant cousin! Worthy gentle man!" he is an eagle, lion, Bellona's bridge groom". These are the outward signs as seen by the captain, Duncan and Ross, "Act 1,sc.ii." ...read more.


Yet when she adds, wouldst not play false, and yet wouldst win," is there an indication of moral weakness in him? Is her determination to persuade him to him to the murder another circumstances that helps towards his downfall? Conscience-we can see the moral struggle within him when Duncan nominates Malcolm as his successor. He tries his level best to hide evil thoughts so that they don't get seen. Remember his still in throes of temptation: he has not yet committed wrong. A materialist-in this soliloquy (a side) in Act 1,sc iii we see how the fulfilment of the first prediction is working on him. Does he show himself to be a materialist here, looking for success and closing his eyes to the fact that achievement and goodness don't necessarily go together? Is this what lady Macbeth sees in him when she says in Act 1, sc v "wouldst not play false and yet wouldst wrongly win?" Despair- when he announces, I am in blood stepped in so far that, should I wade on more, returning were as tedious as go o'er (Act3, sc.iv) he is making a deliberate decision to commit him self to evil. He has full knowledge of what he is doing. Has he fallen into despair because he considers that his people will not forgive him? ...read more.


Coward- when they were going to have their supper with their servants Macbeth saw Duncan's ghost and it reflected to his coward ness and in that he responded cowardly to it by falling down and hesitated to sit in the chair. And it was only associated with bravely only when he said "it will have blood, they said; blood will have blood". Is he showing fear that he will be found out? My opinion: - Macbeth is villain, because, he kills King Duncan on his wife's orders and this did not show that he was a really independent man who made his own decisions to what to do and what not to do. He is a betrayer, and this attains him a villain, because he betrayed his friend with whom they fought shoulder on shoulder in the war and he did it because he thought Banquo's descendants would be kings and queens rather than his. And he also knew that Banquo would suspicious of him, since he was present by the time the three witches were fore telling events that would change Macbeth's future e.g. "King of here after", and "thane of cawdor" and therefore this made him a bit worried, therefore by destroying Banquo he thought he would destroying the evidence. He is a villain because he was so ambitious and that's why he followed whatever the witches told him. ...read more.

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