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Do we have any sympathy for Macbeth at the end of the play?

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JOHN SMITH 11S Do we have any sympathy for Macbeth at the end of the play? Our first impressions of Macbeth are that he is a hero, he is brave and fearless, and although we get this impression we also get the feeling that he is ruthless. We get this impression from the way he is referred to when his name is first mentioned. Macbeth has just been in battle against "The merciless Macdonwald" and a Captain is talking about how Macbeth and his fellow Captain, Banquo, performed in battle. While Macbeth is in battle the Thane of Cawdor is found to be a traitor and executed. The King, Duncan, hears of Macbeth's bravery and grants him the Thane's title. This leads us to believe that Macbeth is in no way a traitor and that he is brave enough to deserve such a distinguished title. For Brave Macbeth - well he deserves that name Act 1 scene 2. Line 16 Till he unseamed him from the nave to the chops, Act 1 scene 2. Line 22 In Act 1 scene three the three Witches have gathered to prepare a spell for Macbeth. Macbeth and Banquo come across the three weird sisters and discuss how horrible they are. ...read more.


His lines become more cynical and sinister. This happens as soon as he murdered Duncan and people notice the change in him. So much so that Banquo begins to suspect him of the Kings murder. Earlier in the play, Lady Macbeth says that she will drug Duncan and his sons, and as Macbeth seems intimidated by his wife it leads us to believe that she has also drugged him in the past. There's one did laugh in's sleep, and one cried 'Murder!' Act 2 scene 2 line 20 After Duncan's murder Macbeth changes dramatically. He begins to speak in more sinister tones and doesn't seem to care about anything other than what he had done to Duncan; he wishes he could go back and change what he did. His attitude changes towards Lady Macbeth and anyone else he talks to. He starts to prophesise his own death and he begins to blame Lady Macbeth. He becomes cunning in his lying towards others, mainly towards Banquo and himself although he does hint towards his guilt. shall sleep no more, Macbeth shall sleep no more Act 2 scene 2 line 44 For ruin's wasteful entrance; there are the murderers, Steeped in the colours of their trade Act 2 scene 3 lines 111-112 Macbeth's lowest point is when he hires two murderers and becomes delusional and slightly insane. ...read more.


Macduff goes onto say that he was 'ripped' from his mother's womb at the moment of her death, therefore he was not born by a woman. Macbeth becomes scared and tells Macduff that he does not want to fight with him. Shortly after this Macbeth is slain by Macduff. We feel no sympathy or respect for Macbeth in his final moments because he knows he has done wrong but will not apologise for his violent, evil murders and lies. Even though he may have at first been 'forced' to kill by his wife, he then carried on killing of his own free will and for revenge. We could only feel sympathy for him if he had not been sound of mind at the beginning and he was forced to kill ! the people he had but he was not forced, he did it out of greed and ignorance. Even in his last moments Macbeth vows to kill Macduff even if it means sacrificing himself. Tell thee Macduff was from his mother's womb untimely ripped Act 5 scene 6 line 54-55 I will not yield Act 5 scene 6 line 66 Yet I will try the last. Before my body I throw my warlike shield. Act 5 scene 6 line 71-72 ...read more.

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