Macbeth Is Not Well Intentioned Essay

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Macbeth is Not Well-intentioned

"Macbeth is a well-intentioned character whose downfall is caused solely by the evil advice and influence of other characters." To what extent do you consider this statement to be true?

In William Shakespeare's, Macbeth, Macbeth is a character whose downfall is caused by a number of factors. Despite Macbeth being portrayed as a brave, masculine soldier, he is easily persuaded by his wife, Lady Macbeth and the witches who deliver prophecies to Macbeth. Macbeth, while being a victim of this influence, constantly hides his inner ill-intentions and makes tragic and consequential decisions that result in his subsequent downfall. Macbeth is not well-intentioned and his downfall is not caused solely by the influence and evil advice of other characters. Thus, we can say that the opeing statement is not true.  

Throughout the text, evidence that Macbeth is well-intentioned is far outweighed by contrasting evidence that Macbeth is ill-intentioned. Perhaps the sole example of Macbeth being well-intentioned is when he states, "I chance will have me King, why, chance may crown me, without my stir." From perhaps only a brief moment in the text, Macbeth is displaying some good intent by stating that he hopes that without him having to force the prophecies to come true they will indeed eventuate. In blatant contrast however are clear examples of Macbeth's ill-intentions motivated by his fatal flaw, vaulting ambition. Macbeth surely reveals his true intent when he states, "Stars hide your fires! Let not light see my black and deep desires" and further convinces that he is ill-intentioned. Another definite example of Macbeth's inner struggle to deal with his ill-intentions that he must hide is his classic quotation, "False face must hid what the false heart doth know." This helps define Macbeth's need to hide and secrete his evil-intent that is the driving force behind his vaulting ambitions. Another illustration of Macbeth's ill-intent that he attempts to conceal is when he describes, "I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition" or in other words, he cannot negate or curb his evil-intent as he is possessed, if you like, by vaulting ambition. Using the aforementioned illustrations, we can see how Macbeth only illustrates a minimal amount of good intent and thus, one can say that Macbeth is not a well intentioned character.

Whilst Macbeth is a strong, respectable and courageous character, he is easily influenced by other characters such as the witches and Lady Macbeth. When the witches deliver their prophecies to Macbeth, he misinterprets them and states, concerning the third prophecy, "I will not be...

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