In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the protagonist is Macbeth. Macbeth is described at first as a mighty, courageous warrior devoted to King Duncan. However, Macbeth realizes his importance and evil enters his mind, corrupting his motives. While in the poem, Beowulf, the protagonist, Beowulf, is also portrayed as mighty, courageous warrior, but is devoted to King Hrothgar.
Goodness and nobility is determined by an individual’s morality and their willingness to follow a virtuous path in their life. It is also determined by the ability of an individual to acknowledge their shortcomings and become more self-aware. In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, John Proctor is a good man as he showcases righteous morals and principles. This is shown, as he ends his affair with Abigail, protects his wife and his friends’ wives, and dies to preserve his integrity and honour. First, John Proctor shows his goodness, by refusing the physical advances of Abigail, who wishes to continue their love affair.
Malcom will definitely be a better king compared to Macbeth. Malcolm has the qualities that an effective ruler requires. His first reaction to the news of his dad King Duncan's homicide is to request who has done it, demonstrating he is placid in snippets of great anxiety. He quickly understands that the arrangement is to cast suspicion on him and his sibling Donalbain, and concurs with the last's arrangement to escape for security. He goes to England, the best place to assemble help to oppose Macbeth.
In William Shakespeare’s King Lear, Edgar concludes the play by lamenting over the tragic deaths of those the around him and the future of the kingdom. As Kent, Albany, and Edgar are the only characters remaining in the end, Edgar stresses upon the lives lost to acts of deceit and the importance of letting honesty reign through one’s actions instead. Bound to never again let lies tear a family apart, Edgar believes that words should come from the heart and never should one speak with evil intentions. Through a didactic declaration of ethical principles, Shakespeare summarizes the moral of the play that honesty and truth should preside over one’s actions rather than lies and deceit displayed through an antithesis of virtuous actions and with
In Macbeth’s case, he suffers the loss of his king, best friend, and wife, all of which cannot be reversed. As stated by Carr and Knapp, Shakespeare engages, “our most crucial values and beliefs” (837). Then, Shakespeare asks if these values ever genuinely existed within Macbeth’s moral code. In any case, Macbeth’s actions replace his former self with someone even he does not care to see, but he lacks the power to revert back to his former identity. In fact, Macbeth admits that he is “in blood stepped in so far” that covering up his crimes seems easier than admitting his wrongs (3.5.138).
When Macduff arrives in England to ask Malcolm for assistance on war with Macbeth, Malcolm explains, “What [he] believe, [he’ll] wail; What know, believe, and what [he] can redress, As [he] shall find the time to friend [he] will” (Shakespeare 4.3.10-12). Malcolm expressed his passion for his country and his ability to stay true to what he believes in. This conducts the first sign of courage established by Malcolm in the entire play; testing Macduff’s loyalty to gain knowledge on his true intentions. Malcolm does not follow in his father’s footsteps to prevent the same fate upon him, revealing a new virtuous side of the character. This quote proves he will do anything to right what is wrong in the kingdom, which indicates not only character development but bravery as well, especially when he joins his army to fight against Macbeth in war.
He wants to get Macduff to come back to Scotland and fight Macbeth. Macduff says, “Let us rather Hold fast the mortal sword, and like good men Bestride our down-fall’n birthdom” (Act IV, scene 3, l. 2-4). Macduff knows wrong from right and he knows that Macbeth shouldn’t be crowned.
Arthur states, “And much more I am sorrier for my good knights’ loss than for the loss of my fair queen; for queens I might have enough, but such a fellowship of good knights shall never be together in no company” (Malory 336). For the king, brotherhood, loyalty, and the knightly code are more important than emotional entanglements. Lancelot and his knights are more of a liability to Arthur than the enchanting
In the beginning of the play we see that Macbeth has done a good deed for Scotland and receives applause from King Duncan. “But all’s too weak; For brave Macbeth…” (Macbeth, I, ii, 15-16). In addition to this, Macbeth was greatly struggling with moral conflicts when he was deciding to kill King Duncan. He had not gained any significant power, but it was clear he had basic morality.
Banquo continues to be a foil of Macbeth, as even in his suspicious thoughts, his values remain important to him. His suspicion towards Macbeth and how he gains kingship does not weaken his loyalty to his friend. Macbeth’s solution is to murder those he suspects, but Banquo simply voices his opinion, allowing it to be known. He says, “Thou hast it now, king, Cawdor, Glamis, all, /… and I fear /
He comprehends Macbeth’s failures and plans on regaining honor and to make it valuable under his rule. Malcolm notes that when people are said to be honorable, it is going to mean something, and that Scotland will not have another Macbeth who abuses power and becomes dishonorable. In conclusion, by the end of the play, the word honor loses its value because Macbeth misused it too
In Julius Caesar by Shakespeare, Brutus, is noble. Even though at times Brutus makes poor decisions in the moment, he still tries his best to consider the good of Rome and the people living there when making all of them. Brutus has honesty, decency, a good sense of morality of what is right and wrong therefore he is righteous. He believes that honor is the most important characteristic a man can have.
He had thought of a fine revenge upon the officer who had referred to him and his fellows as mule drivers” (192). Henry’s intense desire for revenge is a moral flaw, but Crane leaves hope for Henry as he does not act on his hatred for the officer (192). Henry Fleming finally finds inner peace, and courage wins the war in his heart. Crane writes, “Yet the youth smiled, for he saw that the world was a world for him, though many discovered it to be made of oaths and walking sticks. He had rid himself of the red sickness of , battle” (232).
Beowulf is a good ruler for his people. He will fight for them even when they aren’t with him. I believe he’s a good fit for modern times because we need a good ruler like him now-a-days. Someone who is not selfish and not afraid to do something that’s terrifying. Beowulf states, “That I, alone and with the help of my men, May purge all evil from this hall” (“from Beowulf” ln.