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To what extent does one feel Sympathy for Macbeth at the end of the play?

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To what extent does one feel Sympathy for Macbeth at the end of the play? The end of this play leaves us with not a man but a bloody monster in place of Macbeth who we are glad to see defeated at last. Nevertheless we are also presented with a brave, fearless and famous warrior who has deranged and destroyed all that Macbeth has aspired to, this warrior is also Macbeth. Consequently we feel at least some sympathy for the situation at the end of the play that he has been got into by a few sources; himself, his wife and the witches. The play starts with a short scene on a moor at a gathering of three witches. Then swiftly moves on to a post battle meeting with the King and a few soldiers, and Macbeth with Banquo on the moor are told by the witches that he will be Thane of Cawdor then King. When the witches have gone Macbeth is told by some of the King's courtiers that he is the new Thane of Cawdor. ...read more.


This is when she appeals to Macbeth with her idea of killing King Duncan. As said Macbeth has less ambition than his wife and she has a tough time persuading him to murder. Lady Macbeth urges Macbeth to act on his desires or he will think of himself as a coward, which to Macbeth as a great warrior is one of the worst things for brave Macbeth. Lady Macbeth encourages Macbeth to look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under it. Macbeth still doubts but Lady Macbeth has prepared for the evil act, and Macbeth goes ahead under this pressure from his other half - once again showing sympathy for Macbeth - although it was his weakness of character; being pressured in to it by his wife, and also his desire for Kingship, not just Lady Macbeth's words of wisdom, in this case. Macbeth shows his first indications of madness, when he follows the dagger upstairs to the King's bedroom is this a dagger which I see before me, let me clutch thee Macbeth proceeds in following it and kills Duncan. ...read more.


resolve to take control of his future. The witches� prophecy about Banquo�s descendants and Macbeth�s feeling of inferiority to Banquo led Macbeth to arrange for the murder of Banquo and his son Fleance (who flees). Macbeth states none but he [Banquo]...I do fear. Macbeth is driven further insane when Banquo's ghost haunts him; Banquo reminds Macbeth of the evil deeds that he has committed. A personal view would be that Macbeth's tragedy was that he was a pawn to his wife's motives and greed, and the witches evil and intent on making a tragedy; but that the witches and the supernatural drove both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to these evil deeds. The witches planted even developed the seeds of evil in Macbeth and the letter was what drove Lady Macbeth to evil. The Macbeths were a prosperous, happy, good and honoured couple until the witchcraft came along. The only way I don't feel sorry for Macbeth was how he managed to fall in to the witches' trap. Macbeth, living in Protestant Scotland at the time, should have been more resilient to temptation. Maybe even asked God for strength or advice. ...read more.

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