Good Morning/ Afternoon ladies of the Junior Law Conference.

Today I am here to talk to you about the statement 'Is it possible to be both a victim and a villain at the same time?' Has Shakespeare portrayed Macbeth as a villain? A victim? Or Both? I believe   Macbeth is both a victim and a villain. A victim is a person who is tricked or duped into doing something. A villain is a person who is guilty or capable of crime or wickedness. If you think about it Macbeth is both of these.

William Shakespeare once stated “Our thoughts are ours, their ends none of our own”. Interestingly this statement clearly shows even if we strongly believe in something, things will change or challenge that view, and ultimately your perspective may change. Macbeth was not a truly evil character because he was persuaded and manipulated by the three witches and Lady Macbeth who in the end, made him do some unthinkable acts of cruelty. The path Macbeth chose was his decision, he was pressured by others but he alone decided his fate. During this play, Shakespeare challenged the concept that good should always prevail over evil.

Macbeth initially had no intention of killing Duncan but evil ideas were put into his head and a significant argument for Macbeth being a victim was the fact he was tricked by the witches. They let him jump to conclusions about their prophecy and led him to believe that he was invincible. This is shown in Act 4 Scene 1 when the witches state “The power of man, for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth”.   The language technique used is foreshadowing which creates tension and expectation as the audience predicts what might happen towards the end of the play. These half- true prophecies allow Macbeth to believe in his invincibility. This shows Macbeth's thoughts changed as he realised what he may accomplish. The witches put the thoughts of becoming king into his head and he acted upon it.

Lady Macbeth was a greedy woman wanting Macbeth to become king to...