Defining Macbeth Of William Shakespeare's Play

1249 words - 5 pages

Defining Macbeth of William Shakespeare's Play

A hero is a man who is idealized for possessing superior qualities in
any field.

A villain is a main evil character and antagonist to the hero.
(Collins Shorter Dictionary).

This essay will explore whether Macbeth was a villain or not. Macbeth
may be the main character whom the play focuses on. This is because he
saved his country from defeat in the beginning of the play. Then he
becomes a villain by killing the king and many other people.
Therefore, the play mainly focuses on Macbeth’s action. So therefore,
he can be called both a hero and a villain. Macbeth also can be called
a traitor like ...view middle of the document...

For example, when Macbeth doubted
killing King Duncan he said

"I dare do all that may become a man; who dares do more, is none."

(Act 1 scene 7 line46-47)

When he killed King Duncan Macbeth became a greater villain, because
he killed more and more people. The reason for killing them was that
he thought they were going to stand up against him, or they suspected
him of killing the king. For example, Macbeth's best friend Banquo
only thought that Macbeth killed King Duncan. What did Macbeth do? He
instantly hired people to kill Banquo and Fleance. They killed Banquo
but Fleance escaped, when the witches told Macbeth that Macduff was
going to be a danger to him. Macbeth hired murderers to kill Macduff
and his family. Macbeth killed Macduffs wife and child for no reason.
It got easier for Macbeth to do the murders because he got used to it.

Macbeth shows a lot of bravery in the battle field against Macduff.
Macbeth knows he is going to die but still show's a lot of bravery and
determination. Macbeth shows many signs of bravery in his speeches
here is a example of one

"I'll fight till from my bones my flesh be hack'd. Give me my armour."

(Act 5 scene 3 line33)

He is saying he will fight until meat has come of his bones. That is
how willing he is to die. Another example of Macbeth's bravery and
determination is when he says

"I will not be afraid of death and bane till Birnam forest come to

(Act 5 scene 3 line 57-58)

You can see by the speeches how determined he was to die.

Macbeth was a worse villain than The old Thane of Cawdor. Thane of
Cawdor could not kill King Duncan and Macbeth did. He was obviously no
good friend because he killed his best friend Banquo. He was so cold
hearted he killed Macduffs wife and son. He killed the son who was
small. He tried to kill Banquo's son Fleance but he escaped. Once
Macbeth had killed King Duncan he did not even care if he killed his
best friend or the King. When Lady Macbeth committed suicide. Macbeth
did not even care. He said

"she should have died hereafter."

(Act 5 scene 5 line 17)

Macbeth is such a evil person, Duncan came to sleep in Macbeth's house
and he committed the murder in his own house. For example when Macbeth
is telling Lady Macbeth that Duncan is coming to their house he says

"My dearest love, Duncan comes here tonight."

(Act 1 scene 5 line 57)

When Duncan went to sleep Macbeth kills him. When Macbeth...

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