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. Unlike Macbeth, Beowulf defends his kingdom to benefit others and will risk his life at any cost for the preservation of King Hrothgar’s kingdom.
He quickly learned about his bright future as the Thane of Cawdor and eventually receiving the title of king. His hunger for power forced him to follow through with regretful things throughout the play and switch to a murderous individual. Macbeth no longer showed loyalty to the King. He started his murder streak with the killing of Duncan. At first, he second guessed the bloody murder of his king.
On the opposite hand, Macbeth most definitely differs from Romeo in more ways than one. In the beginning of Macbeth, he lives as a successful soldier before he begins to overthrow the king (Mac. 1.2.45)-- a completely different situation from Romeo’s at the beginning of Romeo and Juliet. Another major difference in their characters is that although Romeo is static and round, Macbeth is dynamic and round, for he does, in fact, change throughout the course of the play. In the beginning, Macbeth’s character is seen as well respected, brave, valiant, and a loyal soldier, though at the end, he is seen as a cruel tyrant who brought injustice and misfortune to Scotland.
Macbeth in the play is a complex character and this is aided by many alterations performed by Shakespeare against the true history. In actuality Macbeth was a cruel man, who punished crimes to the extreme. But Shakespeare’s Macbeth was a man who Shakespeare presents as gentle, and a thoughtful man who can love wholeheartedly, as we see in his interactions with his wife. His wife had to convince him to murder the king and Lady Macbeth even says, basically, that Macbeth is too nice specifically saying about Macbeth: "... 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."
Macbeth is led to wicked thoughts by the prophecies of three witches, especially after their prophecy that he will be made thane of Cawdor comes true and thereafter becoming the King of Scotland. Macbeth was a brave soldier and a powerful man, but he is not righteous. Macbeth was a respectful man until his ambition to become
This concept of Macbeths lust for power and at large ambition is first conveyed in Act 1 scene 2. Firstly, Shakespeare conveys these ideas by using phrases such as "Valour 's minion" (the servant of Courage) and "Bellona 's bridegroom" (the husband of War) which exemplify Macbeths heroism which is effective as it sets the Kings critique of Macbeths integrity (2016 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). In Macbeth one of the very first lines a captain announces a speech to King Duncan about ‘brave’ Macbeth saying, “For brave Macbeth—well he deserves that name—Disdaining fortune, with his brandished steel, which smoked with bloody execution, like valour’s minion carved out his passage” (1.2.16-19). At first glimpse it is highly evident that Macbeth is a loyal man to the King this is better explained by the epithet that has been used in order to portray Macbeth; as things like
Is their ambition the reason of their downfall? Macbeth and Hitler are very similar characters because they both had similar rises of power. They were both murderers and they were both ambitious. Macbeth in the beginning of the play was originally a good man, a model solider who was loyal to his king. He was a described brave and true gentleman.
The invisible and mysterious force behind this is called ambition and is the thing that drives people to become successful and achieve their goals. However, there is a darkside to ambition causing the downfall of many great leaders, CEOs, and even just regular “Average Joe” people. A great example of the negative effect of ambition on a person is in the tragedy, “Macbeth”, written by William Shakespeare. At the beginning of the play, Macbeth is a brave and loyal Thane to King
As the first scenes unfold we immediately get the sense of courage, bravery and nobility from one of the main characters, Macbeth, because he has just taken part in a battle and won. Following the battle he and another character, Banquo, come across three witches that have prophecies for the both of them. Macbeth’s ultimately states he will become thane of Cawdor and Banquo’s states that although he won’t rule, his sons will. The two men are skeptical once they leave, that is until Macbeth’s first part of the prophecy comes true and he is in fact named thane of Cawdor. With this new information that he believes to be true and a sense of hope, we see how the once brave warrior’s actions set up the rest of this gruesome play and his own death.
One of the most critical ideas surrounding tragedies is fate and destiny. The idea that an individual’s life is predetermined is associated with many great works of Shakespeare, and transcending through stories, if human beings have free will. If all humans carry free will, does that mean that all humans are responsible for their crimes and inhumanities. Undoubtedly, both topics are explored through the play, but Macbeth corrupts himself with his own destructive actions. The Tragedy of Macbeth stems from the fearless, hero of Scotland who then turned into a ruthless king who will kill anyone he sees as a threat.