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The Marxist literary theory is based on the idealistic notion of socialism therefore economics is at the center of Marxism Everyone is equal and nobody has more money than anyone else The Marxist theory says that all actions follow a logical scientific pattern That statement is the complete opposite from the world Macbeth lived in where status was gained by murder and immortality was gained by dying Social progress is also a key aspect of Marxism It involves the advancement of the whole community not just one person to the point where everyone is equal Marxism also encourages the formation of a middle class and equality among all the people of the community From a Marxist point of view materialism is seen as a step backwards because the people who feel the need to accumulate wealth and possessions do not understand their responsibility to their fellow folk Macbeth is lacking self-respect and confidence by conforming to the wishes and demands of those around him such as the witches and most of all Lady Macbeth This is a form of social regression which is a point of consistency in Macbeths character Duncan was one of the most beloved kings and by Macbeth killing Duncan he creates countrywide corruption By killing Duncan he not only destroys a country he destroys himself The gradual deterioration of Macbeths sanity is matched with Macbeths loyalty to the King After his newfound power in the Thane of Cawdor his loyalty and self-respect take a drastic plunge As Lady Macbeth slowly influences him to kill Duncan Macbeth becomes more and more committed to the idea of power Lady Macbeth keeps on wanting more and more and as Macbeth slowly transforms into her he becomes as greedy and materialistic as her Marxism is against materialism because if one hoards all the goods than there can be no equality within the community Materialism in any form does not serve the common good of
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