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Macbeth William Shakespeare In his play "Macbeth", William Shakespeare faced the problem of gaining sympathy for the main character, from his audience. Although Macbeth has many qualities which are less than attractive and he does much which we can criticise him for, he is ultimately seen as a man who inspires a grudging but real admiration. At the beginning of the play, Macbeth is seen as a valiant and noble solider by Duncan, the King of Scotland. A wounded captain informs the king that Macbeth fought bravely in battle and won the war for Scotland. "For brave Macbeth-well he deserves that name-" When Macbeth returns from the battle fields with his friend Banquo, three witches appear before them. They make three predictions: "All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Glamis! All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor! All hail Macbeth, hail to thee that shall be king hereafter!" The first prediction didn't really perturb Macbeth as he already held the title 'thane of Glamis', but the 'thane of Cawdor' was still alive and to be king was totally unbelievable. Unknown to them, King Duncan had rewarded Macbeth for his bravery in battle by giving him the new title 'thane of Cawdor'. ...read more.


Macbeth, being very gullible, decides to go ahead with the murder. When Macbeth returns from Duncan's bedchamber holding two bloody daggers, Lady Macbeth is waiting for him. He can't believe the terrible act he has committed and believes he will never be at peace again. "Methought I heard a voice cry 'sleep no more' Macbeth does murder sleep" Macbeth imagined these voices because his guilty conscience was playing on his mind. Later on in this scene we see Macbeth being crowned king as Duncan's sons Malcolm and Donaldbain fled the country in fear of there lives. At the beginning of Act 3 we see Banquo expressing his doubts over Macbeth's new title; he suspects he may have acquired this by foul means. Unknown to Banquo, Macbeth had already hired murderers to kill Banquo and his son Fleance, while out riding. Later the murderers report back that Banquo is dead but Fleance escaped. This is a critical part in the story as this is when we see how the two main characters, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have changed. In Duncan's murder, Lady Macbeth was totally in control and convinced Macbeth that this was the right thing to do, but now Macbeth planned Banquo's murder alone, leaving Lady Macbeth in the dark. ...read more.


When Macbeth's watchmen report this to him, he thinks they are lying, so he goes and puts his armour on and prepares to fight. He still believes he cannot be defeated as 'no man of woman born' shall defeat him, but Macduff, as they prepare to fight announces he was 'ripped from his mothers womb' But Macbeth still fights on, showing elements of courage and bravery: "Why should I play the roman fool and die On mine own sword?" This shows Macbeth will not take the easy road out and commit suicide. Macbeth is then killed by Macduff and he cuts his head off. We feel sorry for Macbeth at the end of the play, despite the horrible things he had done, as he was still holding on to the witch's predictions. All of them came true, like he wanted, but not the way he wanted. The last words Macbeth say's are: "Lay on Macduff And damned be the first that cries hold, enough!" This shows Macbeth's courage, he knows everything is lost but he still fights on. From the play "Macbeth" by William Shakespeare I conclude that Macbeth was a kind, courageous, turned evil man, who although he does deserve some criticism, also deserves our admiration and sympathy as his killing 'spree' was fuelled by the witches predictions and his ambition to become king. ...read more.

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