Macbeth Does Not Deserve Our Sympathy Essay

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Macbeth Does Not Deserve Our Sympathy

Our first impressions of Macbeth are that he is a hero, he is brave and fearless, and although we get this impression we also get the feeling that he is ruthless. We get this impression from the way he is referred to when his name is first mentioned. Macbeth has just been in battle against "The merciless Macdonwald" and a Captain is talking about how Macbeth and his fellow Captain, Banquo, performed in battle. While Macbeth is in battle the Thane of Cawdor is found to be a traitor and executed. The King, Duncan, hears of Macbeth's bravery and grants him the Thane's title. This leads us to believe that Macbeth is brave enough to deserve such a distinguished title.

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He is speaking in a prophetical manner, he is predicting that he will kill the King without even knowing it. In some ways Macbeth is moral, he knows what he is thinking is wrong but is still unconsciously considering it. He wants to be King but he doesn't want to kill Duncan.

as I am his kinsman and his subject, strong both against the deed Act 1 scene 7 lines 13-14

About Duncan - He hath honored me of late Act 1 scene 7 line 33

When Lady Macbeth hears of the witch's prophecy she is determined that Macbeth will become King. She talks to him and finds out that he too wants to be King but knows he will have to kill Duncan to achieve this ambition, Macbeth assures Lady Macbeth that this is only a thought. Lady Macbeth really wants Macbeth to become King so she subtly manipulates his feelings and his thoughts. She does this in a very devious and cunning way. Lady Macbeth makes Macbeth feel like he is not a man if he does not kill Duncan. She 'picks' at his ego and makes him feel like a boy and not a man. The way Lady Macbeth does this is to make Macbeth feel like no one is telling him to do anything he doesn't want to do, he feels like he is making his own decisions, but in actual fact Lady Macbeth is doing it for him. She makes Macbeth feel a failure, she doesn't directly tell him this, she seems to 'plant' it subconsciously, and in doing this it
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