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Murder In Macbeth By William Shakespeare

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In Shakespeare's play, Macbeth murders his king, Duncan. He is strongly against committing the sin but power takes the better of him. The reader begins to pity Macbeth despite his flaws of greed and corruption. Shakespeare manipulates the audience to react with empathy towards Macbeth through the utilization of Macbeth's, dialogue, and passion.
Throughout the story, there is a feeling of hostility toward Macbeth in response to his harmful actions. However, scenes revealing Macbeth's more admirable side balance that negative feeling.

One particular instance where the reader has the potential to feel pity for Macbeth appears in the dialogue immediately before Macbeth decides whether or not ...view middle of the document...

It makes the reader think that if it wasn’t for Lady MAcbet, then Macbeth would be pure and sinless.

Another instance in which Macbeth seems weak and pitiable is at the banquet held in his honour. Before the dinner party begins, Macbeth orders the assassination of his friend Banquo. After Banquo is killed, his ghost attends Macbeth's banquet, visible only to Macbeth. His deteriorating mental state becomes known aware to everyone when he first sees the ghost. He cries out to the guests, inquiring who has played the cruel trick-“Which of you have done this?” (A3, S4, L53). He addresses the lords and guests at the feast. Lennox has just tried to show Macbeth to his seat, only Macbeth can see his seat isn’t empty. Instead, he sees the ghost image of Banquo. When he accusingly asks the Lords “which of you” did this, Macbeth, in all his paranoia, supposes that one of the Lords arranged a deathly looking Banquo to be present at the table in order to make an accusation of Macbeth's guilt.

"Thou canst say I did it. Never shake thy gory locks at me" (A3, S4, L55-56). Macbeth says this after he sees it wasn’t a prank and gets shaky as it can be imagined when the reader reads, “canst say I did it”. Even though he knew he ordered for Banquo’s death he still said that there is no proof that he murdered his friend. “Never… gory locks at me” – the imagery used also makes the audience feel pity on Macbeth as gory means bloody and nasty. When the reader reads it, it can be imagined as Banquo’s blood covered body staring deep into Macbeth’s eyes accusing him of something he did, which he knew was wrong. He also says this to the ghost hoping he would leave the banquet, so no one would know that Macbeth committed the sin as this would bring him shame being the king; for kings are meant to be just and worthy to their subjects.

Eventually Macbeth get’s angry and petrified and begs the ghost, "to quit my sight! Let the earth hide thee!" (A3, S4, L97-98). Shakespeare used exclamation marks to add desperation to the tone. The sound imagery enables the reader to imagine a pleading tone. Not only is it sound imagery but it can be pictured as Macbeth kneeling in front of Banquo, insisting on him to leave, for the pleading tone gives power to Banquo over Macbeth. Thus it is possibly imagined for Macbeth to be lower than the ghost. This again goes back to the idea of Shakespeare crafting Macbeth so that the audience feel sympathetic towards him, because of how Macbeth feels powerless to a dead person.

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