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Macbeth Essay

  • Submitted by: emmacollins29
  • on December 7, 2008
  • Category: English
  • Length: 1,659 words

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In the play 'Macbeth' William Shakespeare is able to make the audience sympathise with the main character even though he committed terrible deeds.
In the play a brave warrior is tempted by his wife and the witches to kill the reigning King. After committing murder he takes place as King, which makes him feel guilty. As the play goes on he realises his mistakes but ignores them. He ends up killing many innocent people and comes across as an 'evil butcher', but is eventually slain by Macduff.
Throughout the play there are a number of ways in which Shakespeare makes us feel sympathetic for Macbeth. At the beginning of the play Macbeth is seen as a loyal, noble soldier. Many important men recognise him and praise him to the highest extent. A captain describes him as "Valour's Minion" and calls him "Brave Macbeth". Ross one of the Lords describes him as "Bellona's Bridegroom" implying he was similar to Mars the god of war. Even King Duncan calls him "Valiant Cousin" and "Worthy Gentleman" showing he is admired by royalty. In addition he has a good, noble nature. Lady Macbeth says,

"Yet do I fear thy nature, it is too full o'th'milk of human kindness"

With these words Lady Macbeth gives the impression Macbeth is so good natured he could not ever do anything wrong, suggesting he has a heart of gold. She realises her husband is too nice to kill an old man, so after this point she begins pressurising him. Macbeth tries not to let his wife's persuasion tempt him but she calls him a cowardly man just so she can get her own way. The audience also sympathises with Macbeth because of the way he is tempted by not only his wife but the witches too. One says to him,

"All hail Macbeth that shall be king hereafter"

Macbeth is a strong man and tries not to let this bother him. However, at this point the idea of murder comes to him but he knows it is wrong and he does not make anything of it. As the thought of murder, makes his hair stand on end. The audience know this...

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