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Macbeth is guided astray because of his overwhelming desire for more or was he immoral from the start In Shakespeares stage play The tragedy of Macbeth he portrays the historic hero figure of Macbeth as a man crazed by power However is Macbeth a tragic hero or a villain Although Macbeth was a war hero in the beginning his Manipulative wife greed and built up guilt force him to become mad therefore facing his downfall as a tragic hero would In the beginning Macbeth is respected as a hero what he hath lost noble Macbeth hath won Macbeth I i 6-7 This means that Macbeth won the tile that the traitor lost because he is thought of as a noble beneficent man He is still a level minded and in control of himself at this time The thane of cawdor lives Why do you dress me in borrowed robes I iii 10 This is important because it shows that even after he hears the prophecies from the three witches he is still well rounded and doesnt believe that he will ever have that much power because he has never thought about it Macbeth will not change into the evil man in seek of power until later in the play However his wife Lady Macbeth has an enormous role in Macbeths attitude change Glamis thou art and cawdor and shalt be what thou art promised Yet do I fear thy nature It is too full o th milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way thou wouldst be great Art not without ambition but without the illness should attend it I v 2-7 Lady Macbeth herself admits that Macbeth is altruistic at heart and too much of a gentleman to commit a crime She says that even with all his avidity he would not be able to obtain the title of king Which is why she assumes responsibility and manipulates Macbeth into
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