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    I need to write a speech discussing to what extent may Macbeth be viewed as a victim or a villain. If you guys could give me some ideas it would be much appreciated. Thanks

    I would definitely talk about how Shakespeare referred to the play as a tragedy which indicates he intended for Macbeth to fall from his grace as a result of the evil and greed he portrays. I would also talk about the way he is portrayed as a loyal courageous man at the opening.

    Additionally, on the other hand you could discuss the how he becomes a villain which is especially significant when he orders Banquo's death.

    I hope this helps a little!


    (Original post by HamzaGhen)
    I need to write a speech discussing to what extent may Macbeth be viewed as a victim or a villain. If you guys could give me some ideas it would be much appreciated. Thanks
    If you were arguing victim, you can talk about all of the influences on him throughout the play which led to his downfall. Things like the Supernatural forces and Lady Macbeth, how the witches prophecies and possibly fate made what happened inevitable, and how his wife manipulated him and emasculated him (you could link this to a contemporary audience and explain how, by doing this, Shakespeare makes the audience sympathise and have some understanding for Macbeth and thus presents him as a victim) until he killed Duncan, You could also mention his ambition and how from the beginning of the play we know that he is a very ambitious character, and his own ambition appears to control him and his actions, and so he is very much a victim of his own desire for power.

    I would also talk about not only this, but how Shakespeare presents him before and after each of these events, e.g. Hallucinating the dagger, seeing Banquo's ghost etc. which are indicative of his emotions and that he is remorseful and this also suggests he is a victim.

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