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Title: Fair Is Foul, And Foul Is Fair Macbeth: Who Is The True Villain In The Play?

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“Fair is Foul, and Foul is Fair”"I believe that there is only one story in the world...Humans are caught--in their lives, in their thoughts, in their hungers and ambitions, in their avarice and cruelty, and in their kindness and generosity too--in a net of good and evil...A man, after he has brushed off the dust and chips of his life, will have left only the hard, clean question: Was it good or was it evil? Have I done well--or ill?" –John Steinbeck. This carefully selected quote from John Steinbeck summarizes the theme of Macbeth in just a few sentences. Humans spend their whole life in goodness for fear of what is to become of them in the after life; but in most cases only until something worth being evil comes along. The main character, Macbeth, is said to represent humankind in this play, mainly due to his ability to choose between being considered a hero or a villain. Even in present day, we are still able to choose how our lives will turn out. The play Macbeth gives us four characters that had spent their lives making decisions that built up to their heroic era or villainous reign: MacDuff, Banquo, Macbeth, and Lady Macbeth.Macduff is a Scottish general who is only one of the few men that believe that Macbeth killed the King. He is extremely hostile towards Macbeth’s kingship, and after his family is murdered by Macbeth’s servants in Act IV scene ii, he decides to join Malcom and the English army in a crusade in order to put the rightful king on the throne. Macduff feels that he needs to do the right thing for his country, and even though his family has just been murdered, he shows no signs of weakness and fights for the innocent people of Scotland. Macduff shows in this scene that he is extremely dedicated to his country and even exposes himself to great danger in order to protect it. In Act V scene xi, Macduff enters saying “Hail, king! For so thou art. Behold where stands The usurper’s cursed head. The time is free. I see thee compassed with they kingdom’s pearl, That speak my salutation in their minds, Whose voices I desire aloud with mine. Hail, King of Scotland!” (216, line 54-59). Macduff has seemed to have decapitated the once king, Macbeth, and is proud to announce the new king of Scotland, Malcom. Macduff consistently shows his extreme dedication to his country, and never puts the well-being of his individual self in front of that priority-wise, this proves him to not be a villain; however, this isn’t true for all characters.Banquo is at first a friend to Macbeth but represents his opposite, and like Macbeth, he thinks about his ambitions in being great; however not in evil ways will he do to achieve them. When the three witches begin to predict the futures of these two men, in Act 1 scene iii, Macbeth finds out that Banquo will eventually start a line of kings, Macbeth takes this news to drastic measures and has his friend murdered. This actions shows the vast different...

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