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This is how I responded to the characters of MacBeth and Lady MacBeth Yes they do horrify me The way they act their decisions their thoughts it does horrify us But strangely I do feel sorry for them no matter what horrible thing they did Their characters are complex and the basic instinct of human nature makes us feel sympathy for them So although the two of them caused many deaths and committed many crimes I still feel sympathy for both of them at their deaths MacBeth and Lady MacBeth are one of the two most complex characters in all of Shakespeares plays The way they act and think is completely intriguing the characters so complex but no matter how horrible their actions are we still feel sympathy for them From a traditional point of view MacBeth is portrayed as a brave and strong soldier but for the sake of ambition is willing to murder not only his king but his best friend as well He is often seen as someone who was a victim of the witches and overpowered by his hamartia the need for power and ambition which leads him to his downfall But what separates him from other villain characters of Shakespeare is that MacBeth unlike Iago in Othello or Richard III in Richard III feels so terrible about the crimes he commits His conscience almost stops him from committing the crime and after he does commit the crimes he is full of guilt when he says all great Neptunes oceans will not wash this bloodclean from my hands MacBeth unlike Iago for example does not enjoy being evil MacBeth never enjoys being king and taking the crown instead he is in anguish and distressed which is shown when he says O full of scorpions is my mind dear wife This shows that MacBeth is not really evil as Shakespeares other villains are and makes us feel sympathy
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