Macbeth: Text Response
“As he progresses from crime to crime, Macbeth becomes wholly evil and, by the end of the play, he loses all of our sympathy.” Do you agree?

In his play “Macbeth”, William Shakespeare contributes the perils of ambition and the corrosive nature of treachery to the tragic hero, Macbeth. Who is an ambitious man of   “black and deep desires”, as he chooses a ‘wholly evil’ way to fulfill his need for power showing a disintegration and damnation of man. Macbeth plays a major role throughout and his cruel actions of brutal murders, and his vaulting ambitions of being the king. However, his actions does not justify that he is filled with evil, there are factors that signifies that the terrible effects of ambition and guilt on a man who lacks strength of character. Where the audience feels the sympathy for Macbeth. Among these are his initial remorse, the outside factors urging him on and to persuade him to commit the crime.

In Shakespeare’s play, “Macbeth”, Macbeth did no become ‘wholly evil’. There is a significant event. The audience can feel sympathy for him, knowing that Macbeth begins the play when as a honourable man; Macbeth is portrayed as a loyal and powerful nobleman who fights for King Duncan and his country. This is demonstrated as when the bloodied captain describe Macbeth’s victorious battle, King Duncan can see Macbeth as his “valiant cousin worthy gentleman” and praises Macbeth of “noble Macbeth”.   Showing that there is a strong bond between them through loyalty and trust. Macbeth is displayed as a patriotic man who’s willing to put all his risk for the king. Macbeth regains some of our sympathy because he begins to understand all that he had lost, he exclaims, “Life’s…a poor player/ That struts and frets his hour upon the stage. And then is heard no more”. Illustrating his hopelessness and realisation that he had lost his joy for life. Macbeth sees that “our yesterdays have lighted fools/The way to dusty death”. Alluding to...