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Macbeth Victim or Villain? Lady Macbeth, the witches and his own greed, wheras another may say Macbeth is a villain,

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Macbeth - Victim or Villain? As the scenes of 'Macbeth', is slowly scene by scene revealed to the audience; Shakespeare wittily shows Macbeth's personality as two different characters, the victim,to Lady Macbeth and the witches and as the villain, througout the play; but with both characters clearley portrayed so that one from the audience may say Macbeth is a victim to greater powers; Lady Macbeth, the witches and his own greed, wheras another may say Macbeth is a villain, who was happy of committing all the bad deeds doing so with his own free will, with various points to confirm their views. Initially, right from the start we hear of Macbeth's goodness before we even meet him; "good and hardy soldier" and " Brave cousin" all show how brave Macbeth is and how he is patriotic, which obviously a villain wouldn't be, caring, loving or doing anything for their country; they would be caring for themselves and their needs, someone who loves their country will not try and kill the king of the country, especailly a king like Duncan; who was always thinking of the country's needs and views first. Secondly, the fact that Macbeth wasn't so sure on the plan that Lady Macbeth suggested; because even though he had suggested killing Duncan, right before the murder ...read more.


The fact that Lady Macbeth, to add on to Macbeth's lack of manliness gives an example as to what she can do if she's promised to do something " Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums, and dashed the brains out, had I so sworn as you have done to this." She says this to make him angry and feel ashamed of lacking masculinity so therefore in order to prove he isn't to himself and to Lady Macbeth he becomes determined and does the deed. Moreover at the end, when Macbeth dies you can see clearley he is a victim who has lost everything, power, family,life the fact that Macbeth is totally disheartened shows he is really upset and (to the audience) seems like a victim. On the other hand, Macbeth can also be thought of a villain, there are many points in the play as to how this is proven. When the three weird sisters are making their last prediction " All hail Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter" his villainous mind quickly starts thinking of the possibilities of becoming king and how to reach this; he immediately suggests this plan to his wife, when she suggests the plans Macbeth immediately agrees to it also when she asks him to leave everything upto her " Leave all the rest to me" he agrees to it all. ...read more.


brings the news that Lady Macbeth has finally died, Macbeth says "She should have died hereafter, There would have been a time for such a word" this is one of the most cruelest responses anyone can give to a friend's death let alone a wife's, it just shows how like other villains Macbeth is cold hearted and he has also started to be carried away with his power and greed that he actually states she should have died later in a more appropriate time; which further proves he really has no feelings, which relates to him being a villain. Consequently, I think that overall Macbeth is both a victim and villain; as there are many points to prove both views but isn't definitely one (a victim or a villain) but a mixture of both. The fact that at the end Macbeth is so sure of the witches' predictions show that he is a victim; and a villain for believing what three weird sisters have said, for no proof of what they are but only because they've said something beneficial to him. Without one victimised deed he wouldn't have done a villainous deed and the same the other way round, Macbeth is both a victim and a villain just like some animals who can both be predator and prey. ...read more.

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