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Macbeth - villain or victim?

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Macbeth-villain or victim?: For English I have been assigned to produce a piece of coursework to do with Macbeth which was written by Shakespeare in medieval times. The coursework is called "Macbeth-Victim or villain". In this coursework I have to decide weather or not Macbeth is a villain or victim by using evidence from the book and the film. First of all I will look at Macbeth as being a victim. Macbeth as a victim: Macbeth as we all should know was influenced by witchcraft in a big way. He believed in prophecies. In the film and book he was lead by a dagger to King Duncan's room. As act 2 scene 1 quotes "Is this a dagger see before me. Thou marshallist me the way that I was going and such an instrument I was going to use". This part of the play makes the audience feel sympathetic for Macbeth, it makes us feel sorry that Macbeth is being controlled by witch craft. ...read more.


Throughout the play Macbeth's courage and bravery allowed me to admire him and sympathize for him at the same time. Macbeth as a Villain: Through out the play we learn that Macbeth is interested in one thing, and that thing is ambition. He not only wants to be ambitious himself but also wants his descendants to be ambitious as we have read from Act 1 Scene 3 "The greatest is behind"," that is a step on which I must fall down or leap". We also learn he is ambitious from other various scenes such as Act 1 Scene 7, "I have no spur to pitch the sides of my intent, but only, vaulting ambition, which orleaps itself, and falls on th'other". We learnt hat Macbeth has many attributes of his personality, we discover that another one of them is ruthlessness. One key scene sticks out and it tells us that as well as murdering banquo he wants to kill his son aswell.Act 3 Scene 1 states "Fleance his son that keeps him company whose absence is no less". ...read more.


In Act 1 Scene 3 Macbeth says" Stars hide your fire! Let your light see my black and deep desires" This means that "Behind my looks, there is evil! Let your mind see my evil wishes". This tells us that Macbeth wants us to see the real truth behind his character and to make us think that he is evil. Conclusion: Now that I have read the book in detail, I can say what I think of Macbeth as a person. I find him as a victim yet I also find him as a villain. After picking out key points in the story indicating what Macbeth was like I have summed all the points up. In the end I personally think that Macbeth was a victim and a villain. I think this because he was an innocent, loyal brave man at the start of the film and witchcraft took over his mind but he also carried out murders at his own will and wanted himself to be in the spotlight, he was ambitious in a ruthless and blood thirsty way. At the end of this coursework I have a split opinion, I think Macbeth was both, a villain and a victim. (922 words) ...read more.

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