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Macbeth is a hero a victim and a villain How far do you agree with this view of his character Macbeth is a play set in the years 995 1057 The main character Macbeth is depicted as a very important Thane a loyal servant to the king as well as a husband with a scheming wife Macbeth was consumed by blinding ambition which eventually led to his downfall It was this vice which allowed him to be manipulated into instigating the horrific murders of his friends Throughout the play we see Macbeth as a hero a victim and a villain I intend to show Macbeth in all these guises during the course of my assignment During the beginning of the play Macbeth is seen as the greatest hero there is in Scotland This is because he shows his courageousness and his bravery during the battles with MacDonwald and Norway The captain called Macbeth brave He used this adjective because Macbeth had fought through the whole enemys army and had killed their leader This makes Macbeth seem like a hero because he is being very brave and unselfish as he did not worry about risking his own life and fought for others The captain also said that Macbeth was Distainding Fortune This means that Macbeth was disregarding fortune and therefore was not fighting for personal reward but for his country This reinforces the point that Macbeth was unselfish and also very loyal to his country The captain continuously praises Macbeth showing the reader that fellow soldiers respected Macbeth Like Valours minion carved out his passage til he faced the slave This shows us that Macbeth liked to be praised and also liked to receive all the glory of victory The speech the captain made is the main reason Macbeth is seen as a hero in the play The captain can be relied upon as suitable evidence for Macbeths heroism as he
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