It can be said that Macbeth is certainly more villainous than he is heroic because of the acts of murder he undertakes. He possesses qualities of immense guilt and the realisation of the magnitude of his deeds, which are moral traits but are unable to redeem him. Macbeth's inner conflict ruins him: changing him from the acclaimed 'noble' hero he was in the beginning to the 'hell hound' and 'villain' he is perceived as in his final days. There is indeed a hero inside Macbeth which Shakespeare allows his audience to glimpse for example by reference to the battle in the opening but the acts to which Macbeth is driven by his encounter with the Witches are those of a villain and thus Macbeth is classed as such.
"Et tu – Brute?" “Yet each man kills the thing he loves By each let this be heard,Some do it with a bitter look,Some with a flattering word,The coward does it with a kiss,The brave man with a sword,” by Oscar Wilde. In the tragedies of Shakespeare we encounter betrayal upon his plays and how it leads to catastrophic consequences. In this case Macbeth, hamlet and Julius Caesar are no exceptions. In the Shakespearean tragedies Macbeth Hamlet, and Julius Caesar betrayal will lead to the downfall of a tragic hero.
It gives life to the play and gives depth to the characters, it makes Macbeth a much more realistic character because we are shown that he is not perfect and still responds to temptation. The results of committing evil acts have such a powerful effect on the human mind, that it is eventually destroyed by it. Macbeth’s destroyed mind is evident when he states, “O full of scorpions is my mind dear wife!”. Macbeth and his wife, like all of us must live with our own actions; unfortunately his choices make this impossible and light the way to a tragic and dusty death for the Macbeths.
Whiles I see lives, the gashes Do better upon them.” (V, viii). At the beginning of the play, we view Macbeth as being a hero who would defend his King and country against traitors. He also holds a lot of guilt about killing Duncan, and is commanded by his own wife to do so. When Macbeth progresses into a villain, he becomes more detached from Lady Macbeth and can make decisions without her. With this, he becomes more ruthless in his efforts to stay as the King of Scotland and people describe him as ‘This tyrant’ (V, iii) and ‘A dwarfish thief’ (V, ii).
Theme of Fair is Foul in William Shakespeare's Macbeth 'Fair is Foul' is the major theme in Macbeth and is present throughout the play in both the characters and the events. 'Fair is Foul' refers to the contrast of good and evil in the play, since Macbeth commits many evil murders for what seem to be good reasons. There are several false and secretive characters, such as the Witches, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, because of the contradiction of good and evil. Therefore the theme of 'Fair is Foul' is also linked to the theme of appearances being deceiving. As a result of this theme lots of chaos, lies, secrets and total disorder are caused.
It is continually building up until the end, when all the evil is unleashed upon the world. This song connects to the play because when Macbeth hears about the witches’ prophecies, something evil is born in him. He starts thinking about killing King Duncan and having horrid images of him doing it. His thoughts when he heard the prophecies were: “If good, why do I yield to that suggestion/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./My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical,/Shakes so my single state of man” (act 1, scene 3, lines 138-143).
In the play Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, the protagonist Macbeth faces several external and supernatural influences. The most influential forces are the three witches, Lady Macbeth, and the apparitions. It is these forces, along with Macbeth's greed for power and ambition for the throne, that energize his actions. The opening scene of Macbeth is of the three witches wondering the moors. This scene has thunder, lightning, and mist, which create the darkness needed for an evil work.
In the play Macbeth, the main character, Macbeth transforms from a gallant war hero to a tyrannical murderer. As soon as Macbeth enters this life filled with tyranny his fate is doomed to a tragic downfall. Throughout the play, Shakespeare makes Macbeth responsible for his actions but Shakespeare also uses other characters as influences upon him which gives the character of Macbeth only partial responsibility for what he has done. In the scenes which lead up to the murder of Duncan, Shakespeare uses Lady Macbeth as an unnatural being with a strong influence on Macbeth who drives Macbeth to his fatal flaw which is similar to the witches in the beginning of the play. In order to gain control over Macbeth, Lady Macbeth questions his masculinity in Act 5 Scene 1.
Evil in William Shakespeare's Macbeth In this essay I shall look at ho evil is portrayed in Shakespeare's Macbeth. I believe evil is the first step on Macbeth's road to destruction and turns him into the bloody tyrant he becomes. The main evil wrong doing in the play is the murder of the innocent king Duncan. Evil is also presented in the form of the witches who influence Macbeth to stray from all goodness. Macbeth becomes tricked by their wicked ways, which cause him to act without values.
There are multiple characters that either lit the fuse of Macbeth’s ambition, or cut the fuse to make it shorter, thus leading him along the path to evil. Although one could argue that both Lady Macbeth and the Weird Sisters affected Macbeth, they only played a minor role. The main fault lies with Macbeth himself, a man so blinded by ambition and rage that he resorts to murder to achieve his goal. The main source of evil is Macbeth due to his twisted reasoning on the prophecies that he hears, as well as the sinister feelings that are hiding inside of him even from the beginning of the play; illustrating that even those who seem most noble and valiant can have evil present within them. One of Macbeth’s greatest tricks is his power of deception, which he shockingly uses to betray his friends, colleagues, and even his king.