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What is Macbeth a Hero or a Villain?

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What is Macbeth a Hero or a Villain? Throughout Macbeth, William Shakespeare gives his leading character a transformation from a hero into a villain. The story of Macbeth takes place in Scotland in the 11th century. Macbeth is a Scottish general. Macbeth's attributes cannot be kept constant as Macbeth interacts with the three witches. From this point onwards we realize that Macbeth's physical courage is accompanied by ambition and self-doubt. These three attributes bravery, ambition, and self-doubt struggle for mastery of Macbeth throughout the play. Our initial impression of Macbeth is a brave and competent warrior, through the captions of the Battlefield. Retuning from the victory battleship against the Norwegians, an army sergeant describes Macbeth's action in the battleship; "For brave Macbeth" (I, 2, 16) and his bravery recognized by the king showing by this quote; "worthy gentlemen" (I, 2, 24), indicating Macbeth's bravery and great honour of the King of Scotland, King Duncan. ...read more.


After the Witches mystical disappeared Macbeth found out that he became Thane of Cawdor. After Macbeth found this out, he wondered whether the predictions of the Witches of him being King were going to be true or not. I believe this is the point in which Macbeth starts to think as a Villain. If the witches had never greeted him as King of Scotland, he would have never contemplated killing King Duncan. As soon as Lady Macbeth found out the predictions, she urged him to kill King Duncan. Usually Macbeth rejected this and had other thoughts but by this he was called a coward from Lady Macbeth, which initially caused him to change his character, which could be the reason for the character change. Lady Macbeth had continually been using 'reverse psychology' by telling him that she was committing murder herself; "unsex me here" (I, 5, 40) ...read more.


At a Banquet held for Macbeth for the new King of Scotland, Macduff had not been there. Then the Witches occurred and mentioned that; "beware Macduff, Beware the thane of Fife." (IV, 1, 71), instead when he found out that Macduff fled to England he instead got his Family killed. All the way along it became clear that Macbeth's ambition and manipulation held by Lady Macbeth and the witches led him to the numerous murders. Although in the 11th century certain people killed each other there were still counted as hero's, but if we contrast that in the modern time it becomes clear that he was an villain all the way along. People like Saddam Hussein, were dictators and killed people for any reasons which had disturbed them, similar to Macbeth, he himself started killing people and running Scotland under clear dictatorship, which was shown when people fled to England and Ireland for their good. Shakespeare uses Macbeth to show the terrible effects that ambition can have on a man who lacks strength of a certain character. ...read more.

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