In William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”, Macbeth is a tragic hero who causes suffering by committing murder and distress, exemplifying the negative effects of a bloodthirsty desire for power.
II. Topic Sentence
Macbeth’s want for power causes him to commit acts of murder that brings great pain for the people of the kingdom.
-Macbeth’s prophecy and wants to be king
-Macbeth murders Duncan horse went crazy, cattle died, people revolted
-Madbeth kills Banquo b/c afraid of witch’s prophecy that Banquo’s descendants would take the throne
-Macduff’s family is murdered
When Macbeth wants to be king, he murders and so causes distress another people to fulfill his dream.
III. Topic Sentence
Macbeth’s violent actions causes a psychological meltdown on his wife, Lady Macbeth
-Lady Macbeth indirectly pushed into guilt by her husband’s craziness
-she sleepwalks and can’t sleep
-“Not so sick… keep her from her rest.” (Act 5, Scene 3 Lines 39-41)
Not only is Macbeth desire for power physically tolling it also mentally affects Macbeth and the people around him.
Thematic Statement/ Meaning of the Work as a Whole
Even the noblest of men will fall in the seduction of power. Macbeth was one of those men, tragic hero
1983. From a novel or play of literary merit, select an important character who is a villain. Then, in a well-organized essay, analyze the nature of the character’s villainy and show how it enhances meaning in the work. Do not merely summarize the plot.
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