How Does Shakespeare Create Sympathy In Macbeth

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Macbeth is a tragic story in which an average man’s fatal flaw drives him to uncontrollable power and his own downfall. The protagonist, Macbeth, is a strong soldier whose journey, inspired by false hope, continually grows out of control until leading to destruction. While Shakespeare’s Macbeth is filled with complex plot points and intense scenes, there are many parts in which the audience can relate to Macbeth and feel a greater sense of sympathy for him than usual. The reader feels this heavy sympathy because Macbeth is forced and tricked into his actions and he is filled with regret. These situations are very common amongst people, creating sympathy within them. One reason as to why the audience reacts with more sympathy than usual is that Macbeth is tricked and forced into his actions. At the very beginning…show more content…
Over the course of the story, their plotting becomes more wicked and harmful. The witches get to a point where they blatantly state that they want to fill Macbeth with false hope and lead him to his destruction. The second witch expresses this by stating, “By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes” (Macbeth 394). While the witches state this amongst themselves, Macbeth believes they are telling the truth and takes their words literally. Macbeth, inspired by completely false hope, continues on in his actions thinking that no one can harm him and that he is fulfilling his destiny. This creates sympathy within the audience because all people have felt betrayed or deceived in their lifetime. Macbeth also commits his dastardly acts because his wife, Lady Macbeth,

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