I have been asked to write an essay on the topic "Pitty can befelt for Macbeth during the play" I need some ideas to get me started or tips please..

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The ability to feel pity for Macbeth is in the examination of his downfall. He began the play as such a loyal and honorable man ("What he hath lost noble Macbeth hath won") who was maniplulated by not only his wife but also by the witches. There are also some aspects into his descent into madness in which one might feel pity. There are several places in which his language shows his change of mental state. The aside in Act I scene iii for example he goes into verse "Stars hide your fires; let not the light see my black and deep desires" also Act V lines 18-20 of scene i "Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow // Creeps in this petty pace from day to day". One could pity his fractured mental state. Consider also toward the end when he his talking to the servant he has also such a fractured mental state and all of his Thanes have left him. You could also deal with pity in that he was unable to see how he was being manipulated by the witches "Birnum Wood" and by Lady Macbeth who he looses by the end of the play.

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