How Does Shakespeare Present Villains in Macbeth- Links with Browning

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Shakespeare presents villains in a way that entices the audience through his way or words and techniques used. He makes us wonder who the actual villain is in this story and plays with emotions such as guilt, sympathy and paranoia. I will be analysing Shakespeare's use of language, how he shows the change of character in Macbeth through his choice of words, and what the true meaning of a villain actually is by comparing Shakespeare's work and use of literature with three other well known poems. Throughout the story line of Macbeth, Shakespeare has shown a stark contrast between Macbeths' original personality to the one that he had finally developed. Starting from a victorious, respectable, glorified hero who was a ruthless killing machine, Macbeth then turns into a paranoid, merciless and unstable character which Shakespeare is able to shape, due to the various factors that would change Macbeth. We then get a sense that Shakespeare has perceived Macbeth as a fallen hero, one who was originally good however after being manipulated and wrapped up in delusions, he then turns into what we would call a villain. I have three main points that will support my line of argument. First of all, Macbeth is indecisive and weak willed which means that he is easily manipulated and that is what leads to his fall as a hero. When faced with the decision to kill Duncan the King, the audience can see Macbeth's indecisive nature as he battles with his mentality, taking up several scenes before finally deciding with the help of Lady Macbeth. The audience is shown that Macbeth is easily persuaded by Lady Macbeth who is very level headed and power driven, a contrast to Macbeth. The fact that it took Macbeth so long to finally act upon his decision proves that he did not start out as a villain, rather, he was nurtured into one. Compared to "The Laboratory" which talks of a woman making

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