How does Shakespeare create sympathy for Macbeth in the play?

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How does Shakespeare create sympathy for Macbeth in the play?

In the play Macbeth is portrayed as a tragic hero whose injudicious actions led by his

vaulting ambition has resulted in a fatal ending which helps in creating a great deal of

sympathy for Macbeth.

Firstly Shakespeare creates sympathy for Macbeth through his more ambitious wife Lady

Macbeth. She plays a major role in creating sympathy for Macbeth as she insults

his masculinity be saying “Was the hope drunk Wherein you dress'd yourself ?”,which

gives Macbeth no other option but to follow her. Shakespeare's of rhetorical questions

conveys how Lady Macbeth is manipulating Macbeth to kill Duncan. This for the

Shakespearian audience would be quite shocking as she verbally bombards a soldier

who was supposed to be really manly and aggressive, but Macbeth doesn’t really say

anything back to her which is showing how he is been controlled by her. Furthermore,
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she uses personification which is another of her manipulative skill which reminds him

about his ambition to be the Thane of Cawdor because drunken people often forget

things. The audience see Lady Macbeth do this several times during Act1 scene 7

when she insults his sanity. For example, she says to “screw” his “courage” which

leaves Macbeth to be feeble and accede what Lady Macbeth say him to do.

Secondly, Shakespeare presents Macbeth as a victim of the scary encounter of

Banquo's Ghost. Firstly Macbeth ordains the ghost to “never shake Thy ...

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