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Who Is The Greatest Villain In Macbeth?

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English Coursework Macbeth Studies Ms Volkert By Josh Bowles Who Is The Greatest Villain In Macbeth? The word villain can be used today as both serious and comical. For example there are mad villains in cartoons and theatre for example the wicked step mother in the play Cinderella are not particularly serious. Then you go to serious and sinister acts of crime like paid murders (Assassins and Hit men). These people benefit in payment for their acts of crime. The definition of villain seems to influence the idea they have to be main characters and have to be "wicked" and seeing that the dominant force in Macbeth is darkness and evil it should automatically give you the impression that many people could be "the greatest villain". In Macbeth there is a strong female influence of magical forces with the witches and lady Macbeth as instruments of these malevolent forces. Their wickedness is either conniving or vindictive as they are with the sailor because of their dislike for his wife. ...read more.


stop up th' access and passage to remorse " She feels restricted by her female body wanting all the status and power of a man The witches also contribute to the dark forces of the play by inciting evil in other characters. They also cleverly insinuate murder and tyranny in the play. They most influence Macbeth from the third scene by putting ideas into his head with them pronouncing him King to be. " All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Glamis" " All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cowdor" " All hail Macbeth that shalt be king hereafter" They cleverly influence Macbeth with the desires of his mind. This is done by them saying what Macbeth wants to hear which easily confuses him by the evil disorder created and by doing this they bring out the worst of Macbeth's nature. There is a small argument that the ex Thain of Cawdor is the greatest villain due to his betrail of the King and starting off all the bad happenings of the play. ...read more.


They don't seem to take any responsibility for their crimes but that seems the way that people who kill people seem to think and probably take refuge in blaming the people who paid them. I feel Macbeth however is the greatest villain of the play because he is in overall control of his actions and emotions. Particularly as a soldier he should be honourable and trustworthy. It however appears, that he is weak and dominated by his wife (Like all Men my Dad included), and witches. He is full of greed and selfishness and his ease of murder with little remorse does not deter him from committing further murders.. Even though the witches probably created the mess they still did not technically do anything. Also even though Lady Macbeth almost drove Macbeth do the dreadful deeds she still did nothing physically herself.. Thus leaving Macbeth who is ultimately in control, as the greatest killer and tyrant consumed by the greed for power and status, stopping for no one and completely lacking mercy , as a true villain would. ...read more.

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