Shakespeare's Macbeth: Why Lady Macbeth is not a Victim of Tragedy. (Oral Speech)

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Macbeth English Debate: Lady Macbeth is not the Tragedy of the play!

Thankyou Robert Ford, that was tantalising I must say. I think that's enough rubbish for one day. It's about time the dialogue steered back onto the main subject. Something along the lines of 'The Tragedy of Macbeth' and yes I do mean Macbeth. Please can someone tell me who killed 'Duncan the King of Scotland"? That's right, Macbeth. Who turned from good to bad in this play? Macbeth again.

It would be a very foolish thing to state that Lady Macbeth is a victim of evil. Why might you ask? Well, let me tell you. As Jacqui settled before, women of the 15th Century were encouraged to pretty much give in to a superior ruler whilst advocating such sovereignty. What we have to ask ourselves now is who is to blame here? Women and their submissive stereotypes, or Men and their masculine domination inclination!

Lady Macbeth is a victim of Society.

No Witches, no magic, no chanting around a rusty old black pot. Lady Macbeth is victimized by her culture. Come to think of it, we could point a more definitive finger at the male gender. Then we can rephrase and further state, Lady Macbeth is a casualty of the male species.

Now for a total change of pace, could I please have every person here stand up please, and madam chair that does not exclude you. Thankyou (as everyone arises), now please sit down. Thankyou, now could I have you all stand again. Thankyou, now please sit down.

Now Sir, (asking Dale Smith or similar guy in front row) why did you stand up? (Regardless of answer) Did I threaten you to stand? No, it was your choice, just as it was everyone else's. You...