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I Have No Sympathy for Macbeth

Shakespeare’s tragedy of Macbeth is written about a story of a Scottish thane (Macbeth), whom, fuelled by burning desire and ambition, urged on by his wife and also triggered by the three witches’ equivocation, murders his king, Duncan. Despite Macbeth’s negative attributes such as his greed, corruption, paranoia, the audience still retains and pities Macbeth…

Macbeth Analysis

How is one able to control his or her emotions when the surrounding environment is influencing one personally? Lady Macbeth finds the answer to this simple; impossible. Lady Macbeth continues to be controlled by others subconsciously whether it is through her own control, other actions or pure guilt. The actions of characters and events that…

Macbeth: Tragic Hero or Monster

In the play Macbeth by Shakespeare Macbeth is anything but a tragic hero. Macbeth wants to be a hero for power, not to help the kingdom and make it a better place. Macbeth is doing everything a tragic hero would not do. Macbeth only cares about himself, by ruining the great change of being and…



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To What Extent Do You Feel Sympathy for Lady Macbeth?

In the play “The Tragedy of Macbeth” written by William Shakespeare, we see a very complex character which is Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth’s character throughout the play changes as she experiences the misfortunes that are brought to Macbeth and herself. This essay will explore how we as an audience feel sympathy for Lady Macbeth throughout…

Macbeth Act 5 Scene 3

In William Shakespeare’s Act 5 Scene 3 of Macbeth, a complete different side of Macbeth is revealed. In the beginning of the play Macbeth is a man who cannot even stand up for himself, and a man who completely relies on his wife to make major decisions. Then the very next day Macbeth becomes a…

Macbeth: Act 5 Summary

Scene I A doctor and gentlewoman are at the castle watching Lady MacBeth because she has been sleeping walking. When Lady MacBeth enters the scene she washes her hands saying there is blood on them and refers to the murders: Duncan, Banquo, and Lady MacDuff. Once she leaves the doctor looks stunned at such behavior….

Macbeth- Tyrant or tragic hero?

Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s best-known tragedies, but it has been considered so unlucky that some actors will only refer to it as ‘The Scottish Play’. They believe that saying the actual name will bring bad luck. The play tells the story of a respectable military leader, Macbeth, and his rapid downfall towards the end…

Macbeth’s character

It is a fair assessment of Macbeth’s character to call him nothing but a brutal and ruthless villain? In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Macbeth is a very complex character showing many different traits in his many appearances throughout the play. The story starts after a battle; Macbeth then meets three witches who foresee that he will become…

This Dead Butcher and his Fiend-like Queen – Macbeth

Macbeth is a good man who is troubled by his conscience and loyalty though at the same time ambitious and murderous. He is led to evil initially by the witches’ predictions and then by his wife’s persuasive actions, which he succumbs to because he loves her. Lady Macbeth is a good wife who loves her…

G.C.S.E. English Coursework Macbeth

Assignment title: (5) “Fair is foul and foul is fair”. Show how this image recurs and develops through the play. Throughout the tragedy, the theme entitled “fair is foul and foul is fair”, is key to the play’s success and dramatisation, as it both recurs and develops as the play continues. The fore mentioned words…

Comparing Lady Macbeth and Curley’s Wife

‘Of Mice and Men’, written in 1937 by John Steinbeck, and ‘Macbeth’, written in 1606 by William Shakespeare, both portray women as linked to the downfall of male characters. Both play and novel were set and written at times where women did not have many rights. ‘Macbeth’ was first performed in 1606 which was a…

How did Shakespeare appeal to his audience, both in the 17th century, and in the modern era?

Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, created a big impact when it was written and first performed and it is still popular and well known. So why do so many people still enjoy it? What did Shakespeare do to capture his audience so well? Act 1, Scene 3 is the scene in which the witches meet again. One…

Examine the role of the witches in Macbeth

King James I succeeded Queen Elizabeth I on the throne of England in 1603. He was a member of the Stuart dynasty and was already the King of Scotland. This meant he united the two kingdoms, ending incessant warring between the two nations. James hoped to end the period of religious turmoil that had engulfed…

Lady Macbeth

Lady Macbeth is a fascinating character in the play of “Macbeth.” When we first meet her in Act One, she seems to be a very strong character however, later on, we realise that she isn’t so strong and can’t live with her guilt of killing Duncan. She goes insane and later dies as a weak,…

Is there anything to admire in the character of Macbeth?

Is there anything to admire in the character of Macbeth? And how does Shakespeare influence our thoughts and feelings towards him as the audience? As the audience, our opinions of Macbeth change throughout the play, from a perception of a character who is heroic and a loyal servant, to a cruel and evil “butcher”. Shakespeare…

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