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A Tyrant and a Vicious Man in MacBeth by Shakespeare

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Peace is ‘a state or period in which there is no war or a war has ended’ as the dictionairy defines it. This is commonly refered to as negative peace. It also means the lack of violence between people, may it be groups, societies or individuals. A political realm always strives to obtain at least this kind of peace, craving a world without violence. The question arises what kind of king a monarchy would need to reach this kind of peace? With other words, could a vicious king bring and also preserve peace to his kingdom, or would such a king always result in a violent state?

In the play of Macbeth, Macbeth is crowned the king of Scotland. Macbeth is mostly a vicious man. He does have some virtues at the beginning of the play, such as his capacity to love, his courage and also his nature which is ‘full o' the milk of human kindness’ . During the play however, Macbeth is mostly driven by his vices, such as his ‘’vaulting ambition’’ . He may not be the typical villain of most stories, but he is still a mostly vicious man. There is no doubt Macbeth is a ‘tyrant, whose sole name blisters our tongues’

A tyrant can bring a certain kind of peace to the state. People may not live happily in such a state. They would be afraid of displeasing their tyrannian king and on their toes every second of every day. However, there would be no war, neither internal nor external. There would be no actual violence in the true sense of the word.
In the play of Macbeth we see no violence
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