Macbeth, though, was not a maker of his destiny. The true antagonists lie behind him in both Lady Macbeth and the three witches. The three witches are the most obvious villains. To see this, we have to look at the time in which this was written.
If you have seen Macbeth performed on stage several times you will realise that no two Macbeths are ever played in quite the same way. Of course, both actors and directors will have their own views on how Shakespeare's Macbeth should be portrayed, they may show him as being strong or weak, courageous or cowardly, basically good or basically evil.
In Macbeth, and Lady MacbethShakespeare created two characters who might be interpreted in such very different ways, it is up to the actor, director, or indeed the reader or audience to judge.
In this hub I compare Macbeth the villain and Macbeth the victim, or tragic hero. Please take the quick poll at the end to indicate how you perceive Macbeths character to be. Macbeth the Victim Do we view Macbeth as being tricked by the witches into murdering Duncan, as being driven to his fate by evil out side of himself?
Is Macbeth a man whose fate is ordained and who is simply fulfilling his destiny? If we do, then his guilt is greatly lessened. But surely Macbeth has the power to choose.
The witches may encourage him, but something inside Macbeth makes him listen to them. His path may be foretold, but he chooses to follow it. If we see Macbeth as a man driven to kill the King because of unbearable pressure from his ambitious wife, then his guilt may also be lessened.
But then our respect for Macbeth is diminished as he appears as something of a hen-pecked husband. On the other hand if Macbeth is deeply in love with his wife, and kills out of fear of losing her love, we may feel pity at his dilemma.
Yes, we can see the witches and Lady Macbeth as influencing Macbeth but they do not force him. Was Macbeth basically a good and decent man, not driven but rather tempted by the witches and Lady Macbeth to commit a crime that he knows is wrong, and which is completely out of character?
Being human, and an ambitious man, did Macbeth find the temptation of the crown just too hard to resist? Maybe he gave in to temptation after a fierce struggle with his nobler instincts and resolved to murder the king. But his conscience was at war with his desire and his soul cut in two by the conflict and he is horrified by that part of himself that could contemplate such a foul act.
When he does kill the king, the horror of it almost drives him mad, he has murdered his own peace and innocence by killing Duncan. But, whatever anguish Macbeth suffered over killing Duncan, he was desperate not to be revealed for what he is, which is perhaps why he killed the grooms.
And, if Macbeth was basically a decent man, why then did he go on to kill the noble Banquo?
Or perhaps his fears are different and he suspects that Banquo knows but is remaining silent. The witches warn Macbeth to beware Macduff, but Macduff has fled and Macbeth decides to strike immediately at the Thane through his family. Surely even a basically honourable Macbeth is in danger of losing all of our sympathy now?
What possible reasons could he have for such a horrible act? The witches had made him drunk with power by telling him to be bloody, brave and bold, making him believe he is invulnerable, almost immortal.
He has sacrificed his soul for that issue and frustrated, he lashes out brutally.
As the enemy forces gather and his own men desert him, Macbeth starts counting the cost of his crime. He has lost his friends, his reputation and his honour. Everything that would make old age worth living has been destroyed. Perhaps he has lost the capacity to care, or has no time to mourn with the enemy advancing, or perhaps his grief goes beyond words?
Having lost his wife and seen the terrible truth about his own life, Macbeth still finds the courage to go on living. When Birnam Wood comes to Dunsinane, Macbeth dares fate itself and leaves the stronghold to fight in the open.
Face to face with Macduff, the memory of the terrible wrong done him stays Macbeths arm. He reels with horror when he realises that Macduff is the one man who can kill him. The witches have lured him to this moment.
Macbeth faces up to the terrible truth; he curses the witches but does not blame them. Perhaps at heart he knows that there is only one person to blame, himself.'Macbeth' is a tragic play, making Macbeth a tragic hero. This means that Macbeth might have originally been a good person, but was led to tyranny by his personality flaw.
Macbeth was definitely a good person at the beginning of the play, there is evidence to support this. The question of whether Macbeth is a villain or a tragic hero is a difficult question, and one which depends on how one understands the character.
One popular argument about the play is that it charts Macbeth's fall from heroism into villainy. Oct 22, · In this hub I compare Macbeth the villain and Macbeth the victim, or tragic hero.
Please take the quick poll at the end to indicate how you perceive Macbeths character to be. Macbeth the VictimReviews: 9. Depending on one's understanding about the character, the question about whether Macbeth is a villain or tragic hero is a difficult question to answer.
In the beginning of the play, Macbeth shows that he is a hero because he fought fearlessly and he showed that he was loyal to his king.3/5(2). Macbeth was a villain for many different reasons. Because witches tell Macbeth that there are prophecies, he decides he wants to play a part in making them come true.
So, he and Lady Macbeth get the guards drunk and kill the king with daggers.
Ultimately Macbeth is a villain, but factors that helped to bring out these feelings are his wife, his own ambition and the fact that he was too quick to believe to witches and too trusting. Macbeth may have been a hero but he died a villain.