Analysis Of The Tale Of Two Heroes

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The Shakespearean play Macbeth, is a story of the human nature and of the choicse every person
has to make between the evil within and the goodness within. In the play, there are two main characters with the qualities of courage and high achievement that heroes possess. Macbeth is the tragic hero of the story, an estimable man brought down by his flaws , and Macduff is the avenging hero, a wronged individual who fights for a right and just cause. Both of these men live similar lives up to a certain point where each much decide whether they are going to choose a life of selfishness or of honor. We see Macbeth's ambition overtake him as he chooses to fight for his own cause. However, when tragedy strikes Macduff, we see his virtue as he sets his mind towards doing what is right by fighting for the true King of Scotland, Malcolm. Macbeth and Macduff's actions shape the remainder of their lives and decide upon the nature of their heroism.
The character of Macbeth is the battlefield on which we witness one of the most intense struggles in the whole play, forming our tragic hero. In the beginning of the play, Macbeth is called honorable and brave because his fearless fighting in the opening battle. Indeed, Macbeth seems to be a worthy man. Yet, when faced with the opportunity to seize more power for himself through the use of wicked tactics, a war is kindled within him. Although he is pulled strongly towards the evil inside by his personal ambition and by the influence of his wife, Lady Macbeth, Macbeth's conscience and human kindness does not let him give in easily. In the heat of the battle, Macbeth's ambition is victorious when he chooses to commit the murder of Duncan. Though, the first murder leads to others, Macbeth does not turn into the classic Shakespeare villain, who enjoy their immoral actions. Amanda Mabillard of Shakespeare Online states that “Although ultimately he (Macbeth) cannot resist his dark desires, his struggle to regain his goodness is constant, and the part of his character that is capable of much love and compassion, although ever fading, is always present.“ It is this part of his character that makes Macbeth a tragic hero instead of a pure villain. He chooses the dark, but as the study website Sparknotes says, “Macbeth is never comfortable in his role as a criminal.” He is villainous, as we witness his orders for the death of Macduff's family, yet is unable to harden his conscience to the point of not feeling the repercussions of his actions. As his reign of power falls apart, the battle within Macbeth ends as the consequences of his actions catch up with him. We are reminded of Macbeth's good qualities as he chooses to bravely face the outcome of his actions, dying as he fights Macduff.
Macduff is the committed hero of justice and loyalty in Macbeth. From the beginning, he is a loyal follower of the rightful King of Scotland. He is deeply sorrowful when he discovers the murdered body of King Duncan, but does not...

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