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Looking Particularly at Macbeth's Soliloquies, discuss to what extent does Shakespeare win Respect and sympathy for him.

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Macbeth English Coursework, Ian Perrell 10S2 English Mrs Walton Looking Particularly at Macbeth's Soliloquies, discuss to what extent does Shakespeare win Respect and sympathy for him. Macbeth is a complex story of a great and popular king, named Duncan, who is murdered brutally by a horrid, vicious Tyrant called Macbeth, who was considered one of Duncan's closest and most loyal friends. This tyrant brings havoc and devastation to the once almighty land of Scotland. Macbeth is an intricate character and has many different personality changes throughout the play. Shakespeare created Macbeth as a character who would capture our imaginations, and intrigue us as readers. He wanted us to find hidden meanings in the most simple phrases, thus becoming involved with Macbeth as a character and understanding his inner most thoughts. A soliloquy is a classical literary technique which allows a character to share his or her thoughts and feelings with the audience. Throughout Macbeth there are moments when important characters are given the opportunity to express details of their personality, and reveal information that is otherwise not given, but is vital to the development of the story. ...read more.


The people of the early 17th Century would have noticed this certainly whilst watching the live performances at such great venues as Hampton Court where it was first performed, but whether or not, the people of 1606, whilst watching the play, would have really thought about why Shakespeare never had Macbeth speak directly about killing Duncan, and think about this as a sign of being a coward, or feel sympathy towards Macbeth because of doing this, I will never know! We can tell that Macbeth is a religious character, as there are many religious quotes in the play. Shakespeare puts regular religious references in this soliloquy, such as Line 6-7 in Act 1 scene 7, '...bank and shoal of time, we jump the life to come.' This is one of Macbeth's metaphors, Macbeth wants to jump over time, he wants to jump judgement day , and go straight to heaven. This is a sad comment, because generally religious people are scared of judgement day, but would want to hear St Peter, hopefully, telling you that you can go to heaven and rest happily for ever. ...read more.


In this second soliloquy we can split it into two halves: the first half, where Macbeth is hallucinating about the dagger, and the second being when Macbeth's hallucinations have ended, and he is totally committed to the murder of Duncan. By doing this the audience looses a certain amount of respect towards him. This is because Macbeth has no more logic, he is totally focused on killing the King, and becoming a horrid murderer. In this scenehowever, we do gain even more sympathy for Macbeth. Shakespeare shows Macbeth hallucinating over the dagger, and then becoming quite worked up over the matter. Macbeth becomes more child-like and confused. He can't tell if it is his eyes that are lying to him, or if it is all of his other senses which are deceiving him when he is imagining that there is a dagger floating in front of him. We feel sorry for him because it is as if he is mentally challenged, and a human instinct is to feel sorry for someone or something which is hurt or not normal. Shakespeare uses lots of different types of language in this soliloquy, he uses personification, imagery, rhetorical questions, repetition, all to the advantage of winning Macbeth sympathy. ...read more.

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