The Illusion Of Characterism In William Shakespeare's Macbeth

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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
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John 3:16 states that, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his

only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” ("61 Bible Verses

about Gods Love.").

Macbeth treated the king like he died on the cross like Jesus, even though the king was not

nearly as important as He was. The whole situation with killing the king was contradicting the

whole point of killing Macdonwald and trying to be the kings hero in the first place. I personally

do not like Macbeth because his morals were not good. Macbeth’s struggle shows that when

someone gets a powerful title that they usually do not know how to take it and they misuse it. It

also shows that when someone wants to get to the top that they will do everything in their power

to get there. They will even go as far as contemplating about murdering someone just for

materialistic things.

From all the research that I have gathered I have come to the conclusion that Macbeth indeed

is a tragic hero. He starts off as a hero and ends up in a tragedy. Although, he is kind hearted at

times he was never had the true characteristics of a villain. He let his ambition and strive get

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