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Macbeth as a victim,

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Introduction

´╗┐Throughout the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare unrestrained ambition alters Macbeth?s impulse consequently creating a monstrous tyrant. Macbeth is perceived to be a tyrant although in searching deeper, he is also found to be a victim. There are many different viewpoints as to who was the real driving force behind Macbeth and his ascent to power. Macbeth was a victim to Lady Macbeth?s manipulation and uncontrollable ambition. Through this the reader is positioned to see the noble nature of Macbeth, who is ?too full o?th?milk of human kindness? and also of ?a good and virtuous nature?. Lady Macbeth challenges his manhood ?What beast was ?t, then, that made you break this enterprise to me? When you durst do it, then you were a man; and to be more than what you were, you would be so much more the man? to convince him to do this deed. ...read more.

Middle

She doubts Macbeth?s love for her ?Such I account thy love?. The three witches played a large part in killing King Duncan although not directly but by giving hope and thoughts to Macbeth. They hailed Macbeth as the Thane of Cawdor and ?that shalt be king after?. Macbeth at the time was still noble he said ?If chance will have me King, why, chance may crown without my stir? but Macbeth in the end wanted the title but tried to hide it, ?Let not light see my black and deep desires?. The witches have changed Macbeth?s attitude and morals. This is shown through his second visit to them. Macbeth who is told by the witches to ?Beware the Thane of Fife? in return says ?I?ll make assurance double sure and take a bond of fate: thou shalt not live?. ...read more.

Conclusion

We can see him questioning himself in his aside in Act I Scene 3 "Why do I yield to that suggestion whose horrid image ... Are less than horrible imaginings?. He cannot seem to be able to control his thoughts. He lets his ambition to become king run a wild. The murder of Duncan is the first and largest step in Macbeth's moral degradation. From here evil deeds become easier because he feels he has gone too far to turn around. ?I am in blood; Stepped in so far that, should I wade nor more, returning were as tedious as go o?er? Macbeth is a complex character in the play and his downfall was due to external forces as well as his own. He was manipulated not only by the witches and Lady Macbeth but himself. Macbeth is portrayed to be a tyrant but with the circumstances he faced it shows that Macbeth is a victim. ...read more.

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