In the 2004 adaptation, why is the character Macbeth so important?
Though Macbeth by William Shakespeare is set in Scotland, a place few of us have ever seen, and at a time in which none of us probably would have wanted to live (because of its rather wild, violent, and tumultuous nature), the protagonist of the story still has something valuable to offer readers and watchers of the play.
Macbeth is a character who falls from a very high place in this tragedy, and the reasons he falls reflect the same kinds of stumbling blocks we all experience even today. His journey, then, becomes a cautionary tale for all those who watch, read, and listen.
We first hear of Macbeth as a brave soldier, a man who fights loyally and fiercely on behalf of his king and country. He is outraged by traitors, and we even hear that he dealt directly with one traitor this way:
he unseamed him from the nave to th' chops,And fixed his head upon our battlements.
Third, Macbeth displayed an astounding lack of patience. Within a very short time, Macbeth moves from saying
If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown meWithout my stir