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Was Macbeth a Hero or Villain?

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My essay is based on a play called "MACBETH" by a very famous play writer, "William Shakespeare". The aim of this essay is to discuss if Macbeth was a hero or a villain. At the begging of the play Macbeth is a very loyal and well-respected man, but as the play comes to an end Macbeth becomes an evil and nasty man. This essay will end with a final conclusion deciding if Macbeth was a hero or villain. Many people at the start of the play admire Macbeth; he is also a very strong soldier as well as being a brave man in battle. Macbeth is also very loyal to Duncan (the king of Scotland) and also wants best for his country." Brave Macbeth well he deserves that name." Macbeth as well being loyal to Duncan speaks very highly of him. This shows that he was a hero and had no evil thoughts and intensions. ...read more.


Macbeth is influenced and dominated by his wife. This could be one of the reasons why Macbeth commits such a bad deeds. After Macbeth has killed Duncan he cannot go back and put the used weapons in the guards hands. Macbeth is amazed by his behaviour and suffers from shock. "I am afraid to think what I have done; Look on't again I dare not." Macbeth is a disastrous hero as he has killed Duncan but Macbeth is disgusted by his behaviour and cannot replace the used weapons in the guard's hands. This shows he has feelings and did not want to Duncan. Macbeth convinces three murderers to kill Banquo and Fleance (Banquos's son). Macbeth feels threatened by Banquo's and does not want to his children to become King. After the killing Macbeth holds a banquet where he see Banquo's ghost. "It will have blood, they say, blood will have blood." This shows that Macbeth was a hero, but a tragic one, because he had killed Banquo, who was his best friend. ...read more.


"And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death." Once again this shows that Macbeth is feeling guilty and realising how tired and lonely he has been throughout life. CONCLUSION After reading through the book and watching some of the film I have come to the conclusion of thinking Macbeth was not actually a villain, but a tragic, very tragic hero. The reason why Macbeth killed Duncan in my opinion is because people, for example Lady Macbeth she used all sorts of methods as I said above to persuade and led Macbeth to killing Duncan, persuaded him. Also there was no way out for Macbeth, after one murder was committed he had to commit another one to protect himself, this led him to murdering one person after the other. I think that Macbeth was actually a good-hearted man deep down, but some how got persuaded by other people to commit a terrible crime. I also think that if the three weird sisters did not tell their prophecies to Macbeth none of this would have happened so in a way you could blame the three weird sisters. ...read more.

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