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Macbeth- tragic hero or bloody tyrant?

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Macbeth- tragic hero or bloody tyrant? Introduction In this essay I am going to examine Macbeth's character and decide whether Macbeth was a hero or a Tyrant. Macbeth was both described by people as a hero which is someone in which is admired for nobility, courage, outstanding achievements. He was also described as a tyrant which means a king with too much power who rules in a selfish way and doesn't look after the people who live in his country; tyrants also try to gain power through violence just like Macbeth did. In this essay I am also going to discuss character and action, dramatic devices and structures, the language ideas and themes also the social an historical settings of the text. This will be by analyzing 4 of the key chapters that show Macbeth's characters change the most. These four scenes will be: Act 1 Scene 2 -Macbeth's heroic battle. Act 1 Scene 7- Lady Macbeth persuades Macbeth to kill Duncan. Act 3 Scene 1- Macbeth decided to have Banquo murdered. Act 5 Scene 8 -The showdown with Macduff During the time in which Shakespeare was writing Macbeth Scotland was an independent country and totally separate to England. Also during this time A king didn't have to be the old kings son because Macbeth was not King Duncan's son, But King Duncan did want to give his eldest son the heir to the throne but Macbeth frames him and his younger son Malcolm and Donalbain. This makes Macbeth the next heir to the throne because he was Duncan's cousin. The story of Macbeth wasn't written from scratch by Shakespeare it was based on a true story with a few minor changes. ...read more.

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She wouldn't allow him to back out calling him a coward and how could he possibly be a real man backing out of what he had said he would do and he was obviously to afraid to do it. Macbeth didn't like this at all especially coming from his own wife as he liked to be seen as a brave warrior not just a coward. Under persuasion by his wife he changed his mind and said that he was going to kill King Duncan. This scene fits in with the rest of the play in the way that it was a start to the tyrant Macbeth agreeing to kill a loyal friend who thinks so highly of him just because his ambitions are set to high in wanting to be a king and soon. What you can learn about Macbeth's character in this scene is that he is easily persuaded and intimidated by especially his wife lady Macbeth. It also shows that if it wasn't for his wife with even higher ambitions than Macbeth then chances are he would not have killed king Duncan, without her persuasion and her driving him to do it calling him a coward etc. he would still want to be king but would in no way wanted to kill king Duncan. I think an audience would respond to Macbeths character as very vulnerable as he was so easily led but also that he should stick up for himself against his wife and not let her persuade him into doing something that was so wrong. Act 3 scene 1 In act 3 scene 1 Macbeth decided that he is going to get his most loyal and best friend Banquo killed. ...read more.

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Conclusion Macbeth's character changed a lot during the different point of the play; he started as a loyal friend of King Duncan and known to everyone as a brave warrior. This was until he heard the witch's prophecies which said that he would become Thane of Cawdor an then even on to being king, so when Macbeth did get Thane of Cawdor he told Lady Macbeth about what the witches had said an she persuaded Macbeth in to killing Duncan. This shows Macbeth to be easily forced into things and certainly didn't like to be known as a coward and not a man. In the beginning of act 3 Macbeth decided to kill his best friend Banquo which means he's turning even more into a tyrant because he was meant to be his most loyal friend. By the end of the play Macbeth had got Murderers to kill Macduffs family and he was also very arrogant thinking that Macduff could never kill him which was found out to be wrong. I still think that Macbeth is a tyrant because he had a lot of power and he used it to his advantage by killing people in order for him to have what he wanted. He killed Duncan so he could make himself king. He killed his most loyal friend Banquo because he was paranoid that he had suspicions that he killed Duncan and he also wanted to kill his son because then the witch's prophecies couldn't come true that his son would become king. He also had Macduffs family killed because he knew Macduff was in England getting an army together to fight Macbeth so that was his way of getting him back by hiring murderers to do so. ...read more.

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