The Shakespearean character Macbeth is a difficult personage to analyz
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The Shakespearean character, Macbeth, is a difficult personage to analyze. His methods of handling problems and forcing others to do what he wants are not always kosher; however, whether they are worth the outcome or not, no one will ever know. Throughout the play, the character’s problems are always blamed on different people. One question that is posed, is whether Macbeth is a victim or a victimizer. In the William Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, the main character Macbeth is not only a victim, but also a victimizer at the same time.
Macbeth does not always have someone to blame for his problems. Often, Macbeth’s greed causes the conflict. This is evident in the statement by Macbeth, “Whate’er thou art, for thy good caution thanks:/Thou hast harp’d my fear aright: but one word more,....” (IV.i.73-74). Macbeth is not satisfied to hear the first prediction, but his greed causes him to want the hear the second prediction. In this case, Macbeth is a victim of the witches, and yet the information that he is to receive from them is most definitely being used to hurt someone else, making him a victimizer.
One thought that exists is that of whether Macbeth would have committed the atrocious crimes had his wife not insulted his manhood. In most of the play, Macbeth does and says whatever his wife tells him to. This is noticeable in the speech of Macbeth, “But wherefore could not I pronounce ‘Amen’?/I had most need of blessing, and ‘Amen’/Stuck in my throat.” (II.ii.30-32). Macbeth is feeling guilt here about the deeds that he has committed, which he did because his wife insulted his manhood. In this instance, Macbeth is in the sense that he did the killing a victim, while on the other hand his wife told him to do it, so he is a victim.
The witches with whom Macbeth converses are not entirely lacking fought in Macbeth’s predicament. It almost appears as if the witches dislike Macbeth and would be joyous in his down fall. This is evident in the excerpt from the play, “How did you dare/To trade and traffic with Macbeth/In riddles and affairs of death....” (III.v.3-5). From this excerpt, it is easy to see that the witches do not like Macbeth, and are merely playing with his mind for sport and fun. In this sense, Macbeth would most likely be portrayed as a victim. However, the fact that he listened to them and their ravings the first time makes him just as victimizing as they.
The fact that Macbeth is both a victim and a victimizer is extremely evident in the Shakespearean play Macbeth. In many cases, Macbeth’s wants and prides are very much like those of characters in literature today. Is it possible that modern writers are using Macbeth and other Shakespearean plays as a framework? It is generally believed that without a doubt, the above statement is true. Whether this is a subjective or an objective statement will never be known, for as time goes by, the only thing left to the world of the great writers is perhaps the most important thing-their illustrious works which the literary world will love and respect always.
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