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What Reasons Are There To Sympathise With Macbeth?

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´╗┐Macbeth Macbeth is a play written by William Shakespeare in the early 17th century. It is about a man named Macbeth and the path his life takes. His ambitions and dreams eventually lead to his downfall. An audience can both sympathise and condemn Macbeth. Macbeth ? like so many other Shakespeare plays ? is about a tragic hero. Macbeth at the start of the play is a good man. He fights for King Duncan with his best friend Banquo and kills many in his King?s name. In Act 1 scene ii King Duncan says, ?O valiant cousin, worthy gentleman,? referring to Macbeth after the Captain told him how bravely Macbeth fought in battle. This is a reason why we would sympathise with Macbeth. Another reason to sympathise with Macbeth is that Lady Macbeth ? Macbeth?s wife ? manipulates him into killing King Duncan. Macbeth does think about killing Duncan but he decides he can?t find the courage to kill someone. ...read more.


. When Macduff finds Macbeth he is considering whether to commit suicide. Macduff enters and Macbeth says, ?...my soul is too much charg?d/With blood of thine already,? telling him his soul is burdened by the murder of his family. Macduff ignores him and they fight. Macbeth then tells him to stop because no man of woman born can kill him, trying to spare his life, before Macduff tells him he was born from a caesarean section. Even though Macbeth knows he was no chance of winning he fights anyway, showing he has courage and bravery still. Macbeth shows he is still an honourable man and maybe doesn?t deserve to die. On the other hand Macbeth commits some horrendous crimes. He kills so many people ? Duncan, Duncan?s servant, Banquo, Lady Macbeth and her children, Young Siward and more. Macbeth needs help and encouragement to kill Duncan, but the murders after this are all his doing, no-one elses. ...read more.


Macbeth feels nothing when his own wife dies. He either pushes the pain away or didn?t feel anything in the first place. To e it sounds like he doesn?t feel anything for other people. In conclusion, I feel Macbeth should be condemned but sympathised with also. The murders he carries out are inexcusable, but the only reason Macbeth carries out these murders is because the Witches use him for a little fun. Macbeth isn?t sad when Lady Macbeth dies but Lady Macbeth wouldn?t be sad at his death either. It isn?t Macbeth?s fault he has ambitions because everyone does, but he doesn?t have to let his desires get the better of him. Throughout the play Macbeth keeps his bravery, although sometimes it is not seen. He is brave at the start of the play ? fighting for Duncan ? and when he fights Macduff before his death. He knows both times that he could die but he fights anyway. To me, this shows that no matter how evil Macbeth becomes he is still good and honourable. By Hannah Darwin ...read more.

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