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Macbeth Coursework - 'A play in which every character is to some extent a victim', with reference up to 4 characters show how true this is of Macbeth.

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Macbeth Coursework - 'A play in which every character is to some extent a victim', with reference up to 4 characters show how true this is of Macbeth Macbeth is a famous play written by William Shakespeare in the 17th century. However, the setting of Macbeth took place in eleventh century Scotland. The eleventh century in Scotland was a violent and troubled century as there were feuding families and clans which fought to control trade and territory. In addition, political murders and revenge killings were commonplace. Macbeth is a tragedy: the portrayal of the fall of a great man because of a fatal flaw in his character. The two main characters, which I feel in this play, are to some extent a victim, are Mabeth and Lady Macbeth. In Act 1 Scene 3, when Macbeth and Banquo pss the three witches, they greet Macbeth with profound but good news. However, we find that Macbeth is bewildered as well as surprised. This is shown when the witches say the following, "all hail Macbeth, hail to thee thane of Glamis/all hail Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter". ...read more.

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In Act 1 scene 5, we find that Macbeth's free-will is taken out of the picture here as, Lady Macbeth's power of deception is shown here as she tells Macbeth to be more like, "the poisonous serpent that lies hidden beneath the innocent flower". This puts Macbeth in a slight vulnerable position as he is influenced under Lady Macbeth's power of deception. Or, maybe Lady Macbeth is helping Macbeth to achieve his ambitions. On the other hand, this also tells us that Macbeth may not be a victim as he could wish not to follow this path, a she has a free will. At the end of Act 1 Scene 7, we see that Macbeth's selfish ambition has changed his fate and mind in favour of killing Duncan, "False face must hide what the false heart doth know". This is ironic in a way, as this is what Lady Macbeth said to Macbeth, this tells us that Macbeth is turning into a villain due to his ambition. In some cases this suggests that Macbeth is an innocent victimof his own ambition, but this also suggests that it is himself changing his fate as he does have free will. ...read more.

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From this, we see that Macbeth is nothing but a villain as he is killing innocent people. Although, in a way his ambition has over conquered his mind, and has led him to go on and commit murderous deeds. In Act 4 Scene1, we see that Macbeth is slightly a victim here of the witches manipulation. In addition, we find that Macbeth is to some extent a victim of himself, as he has lured himself in to more worse consequences, from the three apparitions, "Even till destruction sicken: answer me/To what I ask you". After all Macbeth could still be a villain here as he could back out as he does have a free will. After the death of lady Macbeth, we see that Macbeth has not been left in an invulnerable position but instead he has neglected his wife when she was ill, making him nothing but an uncompassionate character. When we first meet Lady Macbeth in the play in Act 1 Scene 5, we see her as a persuasive but an intellectual character in the play. In Lady Macbeth's first soliloquy we see that she is not really a victim Neeraj Bhardwaj - 1 - ...read more.

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