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Macbeth could be seen as either a victim or a villain, as in the play events occur that could support both of these arguments.

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Macbeth, Victim or Villain? William. L-b Macbeth could be seen as either a victim or a villain, as in the play events occur that could support both of these arguments. The main argument for him being a villain is the part of the play where he killed the king, and the main argument for him being a villain is the influence the witches had on him. This could be seen as why Macbeth did the things he did, his wife, Lady Macbeth also had a massive influence on the things he did and some would see this as the main argument for him being a victim and also why Macbeth seemed to have no control over his actions. The influence of the witches would be seen by some people as the main reason or at least a big factor in why Macbeth became king and murdered everyone who was a potential threat. Before even meeting Macbeth and Banquo the three witches were establishing there malicious nature. The three witches tell Macbeth that he will be 'thane of glamis!', 'Thane of Cawdor!' and 'King hereafter' or become the King of Scotland. ...read more.

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The murderers succeed in killing Banquo but not Fleance as he fled; this means Macbeths sons will not become kings of Scotland. This maybe seen as the most important murder because Banquo was Macbeth's best friend and had been for years. The second murder was the attempted murder of Macduffs family only the son was successfully murdered, but the reason for that was because the Three Witches prophesied Macbeth's ascendancy to become king in Act 1 Scene 3, here they prophesies his downfall with the three Apparitions (visions/ghosts).The first Apparition tells an eager Macbeth that he should fear Macduff, saying beware Macduff; / Beware the Thane of Fife. Macbeth's weakness when dealing with his wife is a big reason people would see him as a villain as if he was a stronger person towards his wife he would of not bin convinced to kill King Duncan and the whole crises wouldn't have started. Throughout the play Lady Macbeth has been the back bone to Macbeth's decisions and the one who picks him up once he's feeling guilty after an incident so he doesn't feel guilty for example when lady Macbeth and Macbeth speak in private, Macbeth is again plagued by guilt we thought may have vanished. ...read more.

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Most people would agree that is extremely ridiculous. For my personal opinion taking into account that the reasons for him being a villain outnumber the reasons for him being a victim quite substantially, I think he is definitely a villain, but most men in his situation would do the same that's the nature of a man with a little bit of power, he wants more and more and he will do anything to achieve that. The argument lady Macbeth basically controlled Macbeth is quite a strong one but if Macbeth is going to become king he must at least be able to stand up to his own wife. I think he is a villain purely because he lacked the personality to stand up to his own wife most people would think he is a villain because of his murders. But would he of murdered all those people if he could stand up to his wife? The answers no. By murdering King Duncan he has walked half way into a river of blood and he has also thought, I've killed the king now a couple more people won't do any harm to secure my place on the throne and he wouldn't of murdered the king if it weren't for lady Macbeth, and because of that I definitely think Macbeth is a villain. ...read more.

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