The Two Heroes Essay

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The Shakespearean play Macbeth is a story of the human nature and of the choice 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 ...view middle of the document...

“ 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 allow his grief to blind him to what is going on around him. Macduff notices Lady Macbeth's fainting and is the first to question Macbeth's unnecessary killing of Duncan's guards. Wisely, he chooses not to declare his accusations to the world, quietly avoiding Macbeth's coronation. When faced with the corruption of Macbeth's rule over Scotland, Macduff flees to England. In her Macduff Character Analysis, Shamekia Thomas says that Macduff “does not flee because he is a coward; he wants to help Malcolm, the rightful king, in his development of an army to take down Macbeth.” Macduff always desires what is best for Scotland, instead of what is best for himself. When the news that Macbeth has killed his family reaches him, Macduff does not let his anger and sadness take power over him, but determines to feel deeply and channel his anger into the good cause of taking the throne from Macbeth for Malcolm. It is that decision that makes him the saintly, avenging hero of Macbeth. Although present, it is not a quest for personal revenge on Macbeth that drives...

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