Essay Macbeth - Hero Or Villain?
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‘Macbeth’ is a play by William Shakespeare that shows a protagonist going from bad to worse throughout the play. Shakespeare wrote this play, taking in mind current affairs at the time of 1603-1606. This is the time when a Scottish king, James I was given the English crown. This king was obsessed with witches, so Shakespeare brought this theme strongly into the play. It also brings the theme of treachery towards the King. This pleased King James and also pleased him about showing the line of Stuart Kings, James descendants, in Act 4, Scene 1.
The play, ‘Macbeth’ is a tragedy. The traditional specification of a tragedy requires the tragic hero to be a person who holds a high position who must oppose a conflicting force, either externally…show more content…
All through the play Macbeth becomes obsessed with what the witches have for-told. He always follows this the obvious way. Macbeth thinks that he should kill Banquo because the witches say that there will be a line of Banquo kings. Macbeth doesn’t want to loose the crown to Banquo or his son, so he tries to kill them both so the line will continue in his family. Macbeth also chooses to kill Macduff anyway, even though the witches said know one would kill him. The witches did not really mislead Macbeth; they only put an idea into his head, and left him to decide what action to take. Banquo tries to warn Macbeth away from the prophecies.
“Were such things here as we speak about?
Or were we eaten on the insane root.
That takes the reason prisoner?”, (I,iii)
In Act 1 Scene 3, we hear in Macbeth’s soliloquy how he is planning to achieve his aim.
“Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair
And make my seated heart knock at my ribs
Against the use of nature? Present fears are less than horrible imaginings.” (I,iii)
By Act 1, Scene 4, we can find evidence to suggest that Macbeth is hardened about committing high treason. In this scene, Macbeth is being very good to the King by what he is saying. This shows that he is trying to give the impression to the people around him that he has nothing against the King and would not kill him. They may not suspect him if they thought this.
Lady Macbeth also shows her husband’s ambition to be
Is Macbeth A Hero Or Villian?
Throughout the play Macbeth, there are many crimes and manipulating. Macbeth plans most murders for superiority. This makes us wonder if Macbeth is a hero or a villain. With that Macbeth is both a hero and villain from different perspectives.
In the beginning of the play, Macbeth and Banquo go to war against Macdonwald and his band of rebels. Macbeth was a great warrior which in return defeated Macdonwald. Duncan rewarded Macbeth with the title of "Thane of Cawdor". Macbeth also became the leader of the Scottish army "Till that Bellona's bridegroom, lapp'd in proof [...] the victory fell on us" (1.2.55-59) Macbeth is also loyal to Duncan. "To our own lips. He's here in double trust." (1.7.13) "What he hath lost noble Macbeth hath won" (1.2.68)
They're lots of reasons why Macbeth is a villain. Macbeth killed Duncan. Macbeth can't control himself and got pushed over the limit. If Macbeth is not pressured to kill someone, like how Lady Macbeth pressured him to kill Duncan, he will get someone to do it for him. All Macbeth wanted was to become King of Scotland. "I have done the deed. Didst thou not hear a noise?" (2.2.15)
Another reason why Macbeth is a villain is that Macbeth had too much faith in the witches' prophecies. Macbeth likes to know ahead of time of what is going to happen to him. "Speak, if you can; what are you?" (1.3.47). Also, Macbeth is always going back to the witches' for answers to protect himself even though they may not be the right answers. "I conjure you, by that which you profess- howe'er you come to know it - answer me:" (4.1.50-51)
Just after the murder of Duncan, Macbeth isn't fully caught. Many of Macbeth's noblemen would believe Macbeth is a hero for...
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