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In Shakespeares Macbeth each character has certain qualities that contribute to the dynamic story and theme Macbeth was a hero to start but died as a villain reinforcing the theme fair is foul and foul is fair or simply things are not what they seem Macbeths ruthless qualities are responsible for both his reputation as a hero and his ultimate demise as a villain and tyrant When Macbeth is first introduced into the play he is portrayed as a heroic strong warrior defeating invading forces with the slashing of his sword But we can see that this perspective is faulted after his meeting with the three witches It is apparent that his physical courage and strength is joined by intense ambition and an inclination to self-doubt knowing he will be king brings him happiness but there is an inner struggle also These three elements bravery ambition and self-doubt battle for control of Macbeth throughout the play It can be said that Shakespeare uses Macbeth as an example of the horrible effects that ambition and guilt can have on a person who lacks strength of character Before Macbeth kills Duncan he is beset with worry and almost decides not to go through with the murder After the murder he flutters from extreme to extreme fits of fevered action when he plans a series of murders to secure his throne to moments of terrible guilt when Banquos ghost appears to absolute pessimism his Tomorrow and tomorrow soliloquy As things continue to fall apart for him at the end of the play he seems almost relieved with Birnam wood marching on Dunsinane he can finally return to life as a warrior He never contemplates suicide Why should I play the Roman fool and die on mine own sword Instead he goes down fighting bringing everything full circle it begins with Macbeth winning on the battlefield as a hero and ends with him dying in combat as a
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