Macbeth As A Villain And A Tragic Hero Essay

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In Macbeth, William Shakespeare develops an illusion of Macbeth, the main character, who

seems to have the characteristics of a kindhearted villain and a tragic hero. An illusion is defined

as, “something that deceives by producing a false or misleading impression of reality”

(Dictionary.com). Shakespeare 's specialty is catching the attention of his readers from the

beginning to the end of his plays. At the beginning of Act 1 it is hard to tell where exactly

Shakespeare is going with Macbeth . Towards the end of Act 1 it is apparent that there is only

one factual answer.

In order to qualify as a kindhearted villain certain characteristics are needed. Someone who is

kind, “has or shows sympathy or kindness” (Dictionary.com). In order to qualify as a villain a

person has to be, “cruelly malicious and involved in or devoted to wickedness or crime”

(Dictionary.com). In Act 1 Scene 2 it specifically says that when Macbeth murdered

Macdonwald that he, "unsealed him from the nave to th’ chops, and fixed his head upon our

battlements” (Macbeth 5). Macbeth’s true intentions were to gain respect from the king, meaning

that he was not devoted to wickedness or crime. Although, Macbeth appears to be the villain he

shows no sympathy after committing the murder of Macdonwald.

In order to qualify as a tragic hero certain characteristics are also needed. The meaning of

someone who is tragic is that they are, “extremely mournful, melancholy, or pathetic”…

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