He commits murder and puts his entire kingdom in danger. Still, many of his evil acts are committed while he is under the influence of the Weird Sisters and Lady Macbeth, who are often considered to be the true villains of the play. At the end of the play, Macbeth realizes the evil he has committed and seems to feel sorrow for such. Because of this realization Macbeth is often viewed as a tragic hero, for tragic heroes almost always recognize the errors they have committed by the end of their stories and seek, in some manner, to atone for them. Macbeth is indeed a bit too complex to be categorised as a villain or a hero.
Macbeth is an extremly complicated character to portray. His personality changes throughout the play beginning as an honurable war-hero and being praised highly by the King; making him Thane of Cawdor even though he was already Thane of Glamis. He then becomes a hesitant murderer, constantly distressed about his situiation ‘I am afraid to think what I have done’ to actively planning the murder of Banquo and showing little contrition for the death of his wife, Lady Macbeth ‘She should have died hereafter’ and becoming responsible for the massacre of Macduff’s wife and children.it is imperative that the actor playing Macbeth understands the intricacy of his character. He must also be able to show the contrast between Macbeth’s character in Act 2 Scene 1 and Act 5 Scene 5, in order to portray Macbeth, the actor must contemplate the mood and tone of what he is saying, his gestures and actions to match a certain phrase or speech. Also his facial expressions are very important.
In Macbeth one of the key themes which Shakespeare shows is Ambition. Ambition is the one thing which turns weak minded people like Macbeth from a loyal, good hearted general to a murderous, cold tyrant. This theme is represented through a variety of dramatic devices and characterisation techniques. Shakespeare makes Macbeth an easy victim of ambition. Macbeth himself quotes, "I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only Vaulting Ambition, which o'er-leaps itself and falls in the other."
Does the reader feel he is part of the evil Macbeth creates? Or does the reader feel the desire and greed Macbeth thrives on? These are basic questions that run through your mind while you are reading the play. I believe that most of the readers think Macbeth is the bad guy because it is the more likely reaction. Aristotle believes that the main character in a tragedy should have a tragic flaw.
Aristotle’s view of a tragic hero is one that involves both an evil and peaceful side of a hero. The hero needs to fit into certain criteria to fit into Aristotle’s view of a tragic hero. The tragic hero must first commit an act of injustice, and then recognize his error, but it’s to late. Finally, the punishment for his crime must exceed the deed. Shakespeare has the ideal tragic hero in Macbeth.
The suggestion that the handle is facing Macbeth makes this imagery even stronger, it also makes us think that Macbeth is questioning whether or not the dagger is meant for him. Shakespeare shows us that Macbeth is slowly losing his mind even more by using exclamation marks and a rhetorical question in Act 2 Scene 2. Macbeth says “when every noise appals me? What hands are here! Ha!” The over use of exclamation marks shows
Persuasion is a powerful and threatening tool used against those who are too weak. It can be used to manipulate others, and sway ones decision between right and wrong. Persuasion is an invisible danger in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Although Macbeth falls victim to persuasion and its powers many times in the play, he is also very adroit, using it to his own benefit. In this particular scene, Macbeth attempts to persuade the two murderers to kill Banquo and his son Fleance.
Ambition, moral weakness and selective perception, would be the major flaws of our character, Macbeth. These flaws eventually lead to his death in the long run. Macbeth began in a high position and throughout the play, there were losses caused by his own weaknesses in personality. There is pre-evidence of Macbeth’s inborn ambition in the beginning of the play in the fact that he has a future of position as the Thane of Glaims. However, further evidence of this trait comes in his reaction to the prophecies of the three witches, in which many others would have avoided because of their obvious affiliation with evil.
Not only is this affecting his brain, but his ability to think and his sight, which is why he is imagining the floating “dagger”. Thirdly, the line “As this which now I draw” Shakespeare is structurally creating dramatic tension between Macbeth and the audience. This may cause sensationalism to the audience members. The word “draw” and “now” is linking stage direction and Shakespeare puts emphasis on the two words to show importance and to make it stand out. Macbeth is viewed as a very complex and conflicted character.
Jamie Waterlow Cedars 8900 Compare the Climax of ‘Macbeth’ and Doctor Faustus’. Macbeth is a famous play by William Shakespeare known for its violence. The story begins as one of a loyal and honourable hero of Scotland. However, Macbeth's character changes gradually during the play. A powerful ambition for power caused him to make sinister decisions that created for him only despair, guilt, and madness.