Can One Feel Pity for Shakespeare's Macbeth? Essay

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"This dead butcher." To what extent is it possible to sympathize with Macbeth?

William Shakespeare's tragedy "Macbeth” is based upon the danger of the lust for power and betrayal of friends, which certainly involves Macbeth. I feel that to describe Macbeth as "this dead butcher" is an unfair way of summarizing him at the end of the play because he was a hero to begin with, but he ruins his noble nature as he is weakened by evil.

Macbeth, a hero at the opening of the play, is told by three "weird sisters" that he will become great. Macbeth then acts upon this prophecy and it comes true, which soon leads Macbeth to his disastrous downfall, the ambition of Lady Macbeth also influences him and Macbeth then unwillingly murders King
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The witches lull Macbeth into a false sense of security which leads to his dramatic downfall, for which we feel pity for him as he is not solely responsible for becoming "this dead butcher". When the first prophecy comes true, Macbeth is reassured that what the witches say is true, which is correct, although they trick him by doing so. Shakespeare uses Macbeth's best friend Banquo to show that Macbeth could try to resist the witches' evil power. Banquo is also tempted by the three witches, though he doesn't act upon his temptation and he warns Macbeth: “The instruments of darkness tell us truths, win us with honest trifles, to betray's in deepest consequence.”
Banquo states the witches to be "instruments of darkness", telling us (the audience) that Banquo is not going to listen to the witches because he knows they are misleading him. However Macbeth's ambition has been ignited and he refuses to take the advice from his friend. Eventually it's too late and the "juggling fiends" who were not to be trusted have tricked poor Macbeth. It is possible to sympathize with Macbeth here, as he has been used as the witches' toy; they have played with his mind and he realizes too late he was wrong to trust “th' equivocation of the fiend.”

Lady Macbeth can also

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