Sympathy for Macbeth

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Do we have any sympathy for Macbeth at the end of the play? 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 in no way a traitor and that he is brave enough to deserve such a…show more content…
There 's one did laugh in 's sleep, and one cried 'Murder! ' Act 2 scene 2 line 20 After Duncan 's murder Macbeth changes dramatically. He begins to speak in more sinister tones and doesn 't seem to care about anything other than what he had done to Duncan; he wishes he could go back and change what he did. His attitude changes towards Lady Macbeth and anyone else he talks to. He starts to prophesise his own death and he begins to blame Lady Macbeth. He becomes cunning in his lying towards others, mainly towards Banquo and himself although he does hint towards his guilt. shall sleep no more, Macbeth shall sleep no more Act 2 scene 2 line 44 For ruin 's wasteful entrance; there are the murderers, Steeped in the colours of their trade Act 2 scene 3 lines 111-112 Macbeth 's lowest point is when he hires two murderers and becomes delusional and slightly insane. Macbeth hires the murderers to kill Banquo as he is the next step for Macbeth to become King. He now believes that if he has killed the King, he may as well kill Banquo and Fleance, his son, as nothing worse can happen. He believes this because he is now set on becoming King and nothing will stand in his way. Macbeth is losing sleep and is having nightmares and he has to hide his mental state so that he is not suspected by
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