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At the end of this play Malcolm calls Macbeth A “dead butcher”, Do you agree with this assessment, or is it possible to feel sympathy For Macbeth by the end of the play?

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At the end of this play Malcolm calls Macbeth A "dead butcher", Do you agree with this assessment, or is it possible to feel sympathy For Macbeth by the end of the play? In this play Macbeth is faced as a masked murderer. I'm writing an essay to see if it's possible to retain any sympathy for Macbeth at the end of the play. The opening of the play sees a man called Duncan receiving a battle report from a sergeant, this is when, Macbeth is first heard of in the play although Macbeth does not say any thing he begins to be admirable. "The thane of Cawdor, began a dismal conflict; Till that Bellona's bridegroom, lapp'd in proof, Confronted him with self with self-comparisons" The quote above is comparing Macbeth to the goddess of war's husband; this is because he's an excellent fighter. So from the start of the play we see that, Macbeth is an excellent fighter and an honorable person as he has chosen to fight for his king and country. I think Shakespeare has intentionally done this so we can compare how evil he has become towards the ending of the play. The next part of the play is when we see Macbeth in the flesh; he is walking across a hill accompanied by ...read more.


And when we see her manipulating Macbeth trying to make him kill the king, she uses Macbeth's only weakness against him questioning his honour, "Woudst thou have that which thou esteem'st the ornament of life, and live a coward in thine own esteem, letting 'I dare not' wait upon 'I would', like the poor cat I' the adage" The above quote Lady Macbeth is questioning Macbeth's honour, and for a man like Macbeth honour was more important than his life, this strengthens my idea of Lady Macbeth being a selfish, domineering woman and to questions a mans honour and make him feel fed up with himself shows Lady Macbeth doesn't really care about him. This part of the play I feel sympathy towards Macbeth. Leading up to the murder of Duncan Macbeth starts to hallucinate, he sees a dagger before him, Shakespeare allows us to see what's happening in Macbeths mind this is called a (soliloquy) Macbeths soliloquy in act 2 scene 1.It shows he's hesitant about committing the murder the knife he sees lures him into killing the king. "Thou marshall'st me the way that I was going, and such an instrument I was to use" This quote above shows that he is hesitant because the knife appears to show him the way and he questions it, I ...read more.


Soon after Macbeth has no one left, no friends only a psychotic wife who only cares about herself, Macbeth realises this and starts to feel fed up with life (suicidal), "I have lived long enough" This does not create any sympathy for Macbeth in my opinion as he has already done the damage by killing innocent people. This just shows how honourable Macbeth is as by killing the king he feels he should take his own life, in a away I respect Macbeth for this but it doesn't gain any sympathy for him. The next part of this essay is on Macbeth's death I think Macbeth died as a soldier he fought some of the English army on his own the play ends as it began Macbeth being introduced as a soldier and him dying as a soldier Macbeth dies by getting decapitated. I disagree with Macduffs remark calling Macbeth a 'dead butcher' as if it weren't for his wife he wouldn't of committed all of those murders if his wife hadn't started him off by manipulated him at the start by questioning his honour to kill the king just so she can be queen. I think Macbeth's honour plays a large part in this essay, as this was the thing to start him off his wife questioning it. (1631 words :)) ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 Steven Winson 11o ...read more.

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