Macbeth is tragic play written by William Shakespeare in early 1606. The Tragedie of Macbeth was first published in the First Folio of 1623, seven years after Shakespeare's death and seventeen years after the play was first performed. Perhaps it was written for a Scottish King James I, who was given the English crown for the first time in history. In addition, he was particularly afraid of witches. It is Shakespeare's most constricting and oppressive play; unpleasantly intimate human study of terror and paranoia, of the power of imagination and mistrust. In this essay, I would study Macbeth's personality in more detail in order to enable myself to conclude whether he was a hero or villain.
In accordance with the traditional specification of a hero requires being, a person who opposes a conflicting force, either externally or internally, a conflicting force from its own state or another. In the opening scenes of the play, Macbeth has come to be seen as hero. However, we can find abundant evidence in the play that he was a villain more than a hero. In act I sc. ii, Macbeth is described by his king as:.
" O valiant cousin, worthy gentleman" (Act 1, Sc. 2) .
The quote mentioned above reinforces the idea that descriptions of Macbeth towards his king are positive. Moreover king is exultant at his cousin. Nevertheless, the descriptions are gory too as captain says:.
" Till he unseamed him from the nave to th" chops" (Act 1, Sc. 2).
The quote results in Macbeth as being a fierce warrior and not faltered to kill anyone. Though, Macbeth has been seen as valorous, but I do not find any evidence supporting the view that his faith was as strong as his physical strength. .
The major turning point in the play occurs in Act 1, Sc.3, when three witches tell Macbeth three unforeseeable future predictions that meant in Macbeth would become king in the future. Broadly speaking, witches merely predict the future but they do not suggest Macbeth to kill his king to get the throne.