Macbeth was not an influential or powerful leader; in fact, he was a coward and insecure person.
Macbeth is the protagonist of a story named Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare. The play is based on Scotland where the king of Scotland is at war with the King of Norway. It is argued that Macbeth was a brave and influential leader and this paper argues against this statement. In this essay, it has been argued that Macbeth was not an influential or powerful leader; in fact, he was a coward and insecure person. The explanations, presented in this paper, will also support the argument (Bell 13).
Macbeth is the story of a Scottish general who got the forecast that he would become a king one day. The witches gave the prophecy of becoming the king to him. The prediction of witches had a significant impact on the life of Macbeth, particularly, when the prophecy came true. The prophecy consumed the General with many ambitious thoughts that led him towards the murder of King Duncan. When witches told Macbeth about his chances of becoming a king, he started to dream that he would become a king one day. The desire for power urged him to make decisions, which filled him with the sense of guilt. The sense of guilt also resulted in the failure of the reign of Macbeth (Martin 1223).
It has been argued in the story that Macbeth was consumed with guilt when he started his reign. The feeling of guilt urged him to commit more crimes in order to overcome the feeling of suspicion. It is believed that Macbeth was a brave soldier. However, this paper has argued against this statement. This essay has argued that Macbeth was not actually a brave leader; in fact, he was scared of his enemies. The fear of enemies made Macbeth suspicious of everyone. Therefore, he used to murder every enemy. A brave leader is one who fights with enemies in order to achieve victory. However, Macbeth used to use violence and murder to deal with enemies. Nevertheless, another argument associated with this issue is that Macbeth was guilty of his behavior and tactics. Macbeth was not comfortable in his role as a criminal and murderer (Noone 26).
Another important argument, which has been made in this essay, is that Macbeth was not a tragic hero. In order to become a tragic hero, it is important for the character to suit the situation and the audience. It is also important for the hero to become consistent in his behavior. Macbeth can also not be considered a tragedy hero because the audience does not believe him. In order to become a tragic hero, it is important to meet certain qualities. The tragic hero is one who is of a noble status. However, Macbeth became evil when he was convinced to kill Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth encouraged her husband to kill the king. However, the decision was made by Macbeth; therefore, it was his fault (Parris 32).
In the beginning of the story, the motive of Macbeth was normal. In the beginning of the story, Macbeth has been portrayed as a brave soldier. It has been argued that the rank and mobility were of great value for the king. However, the encounter of Macbeth with witches changed the situation. The encounter awakened the ambition of Macbeth (Tilmouth 501).
Although Macbeth was involved in many crimes, he was concerned about morality and religion. At time, when Macbeth refused to murder a character, his wife urged me to attempt the murder. The problem with Macbeth was that he did not want to be identified as a coward. In order to prove to his wife that he was not a coward, Macbeth murdered Duncan. This situation supports the argument that Macbeth was not a brave leader. He was afraid of the perceptions of others about himself.
The power of the kingdom increased the feeling of insecurity of Macbeth. He did not know how to utilize his power in an appropriate manner. In order to overcome his feeling of insecurity, Macbeth visited consulted witches. The witches made him believe that he could gain reign in the future.
People often find it difficult to get what they want. In order to fulfill dreams and achieve goals, it is important to make efforts. The struggle to meet our goals has an impact on everyday life. Macbeth, the protagonist of the play, was lured to murder the king. When he achieved his goal of becoming the king, after murdering Ducan, he found that he was insecure. Macbeth also realized that he was not satisfied with his life. He became insecure to such an extent that the decided to remove every insecurity from his way. He also got rid of his son Fleance and one of his companions Banquo. The story of Macbeth has led to the conclusion that the desire of man to achieve power and comfort can result in several negative consequences.
This essay has also argued that power often causes discomfort. Macbeth was afraid of his power and his knowledge made him uncomfortable. The murder of the king made Macbeth more uncomfortable. In order to achieve power, Macbeth relied on unfair means. The use of unfair means worsened the situation faced by Macbeth. The pursuit of power results in declining the comfort of people. It can also be argued that people who do not have power are more comfortable than those who have power. The power increased the troubles in the life of Macbeth and his family.
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Noone, Kristin. “Shakespeare in Discworld: Witches, Fantasy, and Desire.” Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts 21.1 (2010): 26–40.
Parris, Benjamin. “‘The Body Is with the King, but the King Is Not with the Body’: Sovereign Sleep in Hamlet and Macbeth.” Shakespeare Studies 40 (2012), pp. 32
Tilmouth, Christopher. “Shakespeare’s Open Consciences.” Renaissance Studies 23.4 (2009): 501–515.