The Villain In Shakespeare's Macbeth

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“A villain is the person or thing responsible for specified trouble, harm, or damage” (Oxford Dictionary). In Macbeth by William Shakespeare even though Lady Macbeth may appear to be the villain in actuality it is Macbeth. Although Lady Macbeth and the witches manipulate and pressure him, Macbeth is ultimately the true villain of the play because of the depth and breadth of the suffering he causes to so many innocents.
Firstly, Macbeth is the real villain because he instigates the murder of King Duncan. After being told he that he’s been named Thane of Cawdor Macbeth says:
I am thane of Cawdor:/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?
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Though his words Macbeth reveals that he thinks about killing King Duncan before returning home to see and tell Lady Macbeth that he is the Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth’s words are momentous because they corroborate that even though once Macbeth arrives at his home and is persuaded and manipulated by Lady Macbeth he is the one who instigates King Duncan’s murder. Furthermore, Macbeth makes the choice to murder Banquo with no intervention from Lady Macbeth, and in fact keeps his plans a secret from Lady Macbeth. After telling Lady Macbeth of the plan to murder Banquo and his son Fleance, Macbeth says, “Be innocent of the knowledge, dearest chuck, /Till thou applaud the deed.”(Shakespeare 3.5.45-46). Macbeth reveals he plans to murder Banquo and Fleance’s in an aside. Macbeth’s words are significant because they further substantiate that he orchestrated these acts by himself. In addition, Macbeth plans Macduff’s murder without lady Macbeth’s input. Macbeth decides to murder Macduff without any pressure from Lady Macbeth. After hearing the three apparitions Macbeth says, “Then live, Macduff: what need I fear of thee? /But yet I 'll make assurance double sure, /And take a bond of fate: thou shalt not live;/That I may tell pale-hearted fear it lies, /And sleep in spite of thunder.”(Shakespeare 4.1.81-85). Macbeth reveals that for assurance he will also kill Macduff. Macbeth does …show more content…
Although the witches predict that he will be King, they do not force him into committing the murder. After being assured that they will not get caught, Macbeth tells Lady Macbeth, “I am settled, and bend up/Each corporal agent to this terrible feat. /Away, and mock the time with fairest show:/False face must hide what the false heart doth know.”(Shakespeare 1.7.80-82). Macbeth reveals that he is going to murder King Duncan. Macbeth’s words are noteworthy because they attest that even away from the presence and influence of the witches; Macbeth makes his own decision to kill Duncan. Additionally, Macbeth is not forced by any supernatural power to go back to the witches. After their initial meeting, it is Macbeth who seeks out the witches for their second meeting. While speaking to Lady Macbeth, Macbeth says, “I will to the weird sisters: /More shall they speak; for now I am bent to know, /By the worst means, the worst. For mine own good, /All causes shall give way: I am in blood/Stepp 'd in so far that, should I wade no more,”(Shakespeare 3.6.133-137). Macbeth reveals that he is going to visit the witches later that same day. Macbeth’s words are key because they confirm Macbeth chooses to go see the weird sisters and demand answers. The witches never tell him to kill or cause harm yet he still does. Thus, it is evident that Macbeth

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