Macbeth, an Undeserving Sympathy Essay

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First Name Last Name Instructors Name Course Number Date Macbeth, an Undeserved Sympathy Macbeth was written by the renowned playwright, William Shakespeare and has earned a place in the list of the most famous and all-time favorite plays. The play, basically talking about Macbeth who is plagued by a myriad of tragedies, is about regicide and its consequences. The play starts off with Macbeth together with his associate and nobleman, Banquo, fruitfully conquering two armies from Norway and Ireland. As they proceed home, Macbeth and Banquo bump into three witches who prophesize to them. According to the prophecy, Macbeth is assured of one day becoming the Thane of Cawdor and surprisingly the King of Scotland. The witches similarly made a wonderful promise to Banquo. They assured him of getting kings in the time that was to come even though he would not be one himself (Markels 294). After revealing these unexpected prophesies to Macbeth and Banquo, the witches quickly disappear leaving the duo with a lot of issues to figure out. As the play unfolds, it turns out that Macbeth and Banquo interpret the prophecy differently leading to their divergent paths. Macbeth immediately develops a passionate desire of becoming a king and becomes more optimistic after recalling the witches’ promises. The prophecy comes to pass and, unfortunately, Macbeth gets a turbulent and very short reign. He fears that Banquo’s prophecy will come to pass and, therefore; Macbeth kills his former friend and tries to murder Fleance, his son (Markels 297). His efforts, however, end in futility since Banquo’s lineage eventually captures the throne as promised by the witches. Finally, Macbeth loses everything that he considers dear to him including his family, friends, reputation, supporters, and his judicious sense and even more importantly, his own life is sacrificed in his blind quest to

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