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Macbeth is a central character in this novel He is the symbol of bravery and honour Shakespeare uses Macbeth as a character that evil changes He goes from a brave and highly respected man into a murderous criminal through no fault of his own but because of fate In this essay I will show the ways in which Shakespeare creates sympathy for Macbeth At the beginning of the play Macbeth appears to the audience as a kind brave and honorably clever man In the play this is shown by the way some of the other characters portray Macbeth Eg Ross says The King hath happily received Macbeth I think this mediates how much respect people had for Macbeth at the beginning and how slowly over the course of the play peoples opinions of him change Macbeth is responsible for Duncans murder because at the time Duncan was staying at Macbeths castle Lady Macbeth convinces a wayward Macbeth to kill Duncan Macbeth is easily persuaded and tells his wife he will carry out the murder thinking only of the good things that will come and not the consequences He goes to the room where Duncan is peacefully sleeping Duncans guards are also in the room but they are also sleeping He kills the guards whilst they are sleeping using their own daggers He then with the same daggers kills Duncan and smears the blood onto the guards Macbeth is very clever about this murder and makes it look as though the guards murdered Duncan and then committed suicide I think this specifically shows how the witches predictions changed Macbeth for the worse He is also responsible for Banquos death because he hires two murderers to kill him whilst he is out riding The murderers were supposed to kill his son Fleance who accompanied Banquo as well but he escapes before they get the chance Macbeth was not suspected as him and Banquo had been friends for
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