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Examine the forces at work in act 1 that lead MacBeth to murder king Duncan. In light of this examination do you view MacBeth as a villain or victim?

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MacBeth Villain or Victim Examine the forces at work in act 1 that lead MacBeth to murder king Duncan. In light of this examination do you view MacBeth as a villain or victim? Shakespeare's MacBeth is a story of a hero turned villain and I will be analysing the events and circumstances in which this tremendous change of character happens and whether MacBeth is to blame or if he is a victim of circumstance. The witches had the biggest influence on MacBeth in my opinion because they effectively seeded his mind with the idea that he actually could become king. Not that he hadn't thought of it before, but that he could actually achieve it with in his own life time and it is this single idea that begins to worp his courageous and honourable mind into and scheming and treacherous one. Also the fact that Shakespeare makes Macbeth echo the witches riddle "foul is fair and fair is foul" in his opening line when he says "so foul and fair a day I have not seen." This to me implicates that MacBeth is already connected with the witches in some way and this may also be the reason way he is so egger to hear the witches prophesies. ...read more.


This makes king Duncan very proud and he confers the title of traitor cawdor who had just been defeated upon MacBeth making him the new "Thane of Cawdor". However after the witches prophesies to Macbeth, we see that he begins thinking of how he could become king and when King Duncan declares that his eldest son to be his successor Macbeth begins to think how he would get past this "this is a step /on which I must fall down, or else o'erleap'." He then goes on to say "let not light see my black and deep desires" this to me is his conciseness coming back into play and he is aware what he might have to do and doesn't wont anyone to notice what he's contemplating. Closer to the time when MacBeth is going to kill Duncan, his suppressed conscience come back in to play in a last bid for the dead and MacBeth comes up with several go reasons for not killing Duncan * He would get caught "But in these cases/ we still have judgement here." * The king trusts him "He's here in double trust." ...read more.


So in my opinion fate doesn't play a big part in the play but the way in which it is perceived by the characters and the people of the day the witches merely taking advantage of this and making it harder for MacBeth not to kill Duncan. When it came to killing Duncan, MacBeth's conscience made one last try to stop him with the illusion of a flouting dagger stained with blood. Nevertheless MacBeth still kills Duncan, this to me shows just how much control his wife and his ambition had over him and how much loyalty to the king really meant to him. Another example of this is when MacBeth says "We shall proceed not further in this business." However, Lady MacBeth accuses him of cowardice and he changes his mind again. This to me is a very good sign of how well his wife knew him and she was able to manipulate him every quickly. Therefore, overall in my opinion MacBeth is a Victim of his own ignorance, not to relies the extant he was being manipulated and a Villain, for after becoming king he killed without a second thought. Logi.S.Haraldsson English Coursework 2 GCSE Coursework Mrs. Crain Logi.S.Haraldsson ...read more.

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