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Macbeth: Critical Essay. Whether we should or shouldnt sympathize for Macbeth will be the topic of my essay.

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Essay: Macbeth Shakespearian plays always have a tragic hero in them, and his play Macbeth is no exception. After reading William Shakespeare's Macbeth, I wondered if I should feel sorrow for the main character and tragic hero, Macbeth. Whether we should or shouldn't sympathize for Macbeth will be the topic of my essay. The play opens with Macbeth being hailed as a heroic soldier. Three witches then prophesize three great titles for Macbeth and soon after, two of these titles are thrust upon him. The words of the witches and the pressure from his dominant wife warp his original good intentions and cause him to kill King Duncan. Now king, his insecurities then lead on to him murdering his best friend, his supposed enemies and their innocent relatives. Thinking he can trust the witches, he is tricked by their predictions that have double meanings and he believes that he is invincible. The true meaning of the witches' prophecy becomes clear and both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are defeated. In Act 1, Scene 2, we see a sergeant in the presence of King Duncan and several other nobles, who are deliberating over Macbeth. The sergeant tells the nobles: "For brave Macbeth -well he deserves that name Disdaining fortune, with his brandish'd steel, Which smoked with bloody execution" (1.2.19) ...read more.


(2.2.61) Now that Macbeth has realised the monstrosity of what he has done he regrets it all. I do now once more sympathise poor Macbeth but not as much as before. After all, he has committed the crime. He regrets this not only because of what may happen to him, but because Duncan was a great king. Scotland prospered with him as king. "Better be with the dead, Whom we, to gain our peace, have sent to peace, Than on the torture of the mind to lie In restless ecstasy. Duncan is in his grave; After life's fitful fever he sleeps well: Treason has done his worst; nor steel, nor poison, Malice domestic, foreign levy, nothing, Can touch him further." (3.2.23 Macbeth) Macbeth is contemplating how, because he has killed Duncan, no more harm can come to him. In a way, it is like Macbeth is thankful Duncan is dead so he cannot see how corrupt Macbeth has become. I think this is a good sign as it shows Macbeth knows what he has done is wrong and he aware he is becoming more and more sinister. Realising Banquo had almost figured out the truth behind the murder, Macbeth ordered some murderers to kill Banquo and his son Fleance, but Fleance survives. That same night a feast had been planned by Macbeth and Lady Macbeth for all the other nobles. ...read more.


Macbeth cannot believe it. The "moving wood" is really the uprising army holding up branches to conceal their numbers. Even though the first prophecy has become true, Macbeth is still confident in the fact that no man woman born can harm him. The next crack in Macbeth occurs when his wife dies. He seems to be more annoyed at the timing though rather than grieve the fact she has died. He says "She should have died hereafter". I lose sympathy for Macbeth because it seems he become the evil tyrant he is named. In the final scene of Act 5, Macbeth fights against Macduff, the man who the first apparition warned him of. Macbeth is confident he will beat Macduff until he is told by Macduff the he is in fact born by C-section. This is where reality hits Macbeth. I gain a lot of respect for Macbeth because even though he realised he was fighting for a lost cause, he continued to fight with all his might. Now that I have studied this play, I feel that we should sympathize for Macbeth. Yes, he did become an sinister man in the course of the play but, in the end he realised what he did was wrong also, a lot was not his fault, merely his ambitions as the witches changed the natural course of events. His down fall is sad as he was a good, loyal soldier in the beginning. ...read more.

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