In Macbeth, do you think the doctor and the gentlewoman feel any sympathy for lady macbeth ? explain. What indications do you see that that is the case? (Find more than one.) I have one assignment...

In Macbeth, do you think the doctor and the gentlewoman feel any sympathy for lady macbeth ?

explain. What indications do you see that that is the case? (Find more than one.)

I have one assignment left to finish my course and im am stuck on this question, it is a short answer question. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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The doctor and the gentlewoman  seem to feel sympathy. In fact, the doctor prays that Lady Macbeth needs the divine rather than a physician and adds "God forgive us all." Both the doctor and the gentlewoman appear to be worried as well as perplexed.

Of course, the doctor says he cannot cure her of this madness that Lady Macbeth appears to have. She is trying to wash her hands of the bloodstains, but cannot find peace.

In Act V, Scene One, Line 75, the doctor tells the gentlewoman to look after Lady Macbeth. This indicates he has sympathy. The gentlewoman makes no indication that she will do otherwise. The doctor also instructs the gentlewoman to remove all annoyances from Lady Macbeth. He appears to be trying to help. Again, this indicates that he has sympathy for Lady Macbeth:

Doctor

71 Foul whisperings are abroad. Unnatural deeds 
72 Do breed unnatural troubles; infected minds 
73 To their deaf pillows will discharge their secrets. 
74 More needs she the divine than the physician. 
75 God, God forgive us all! Look after her; 
76 Remove from her the means of all annoyance, 
77 And still keep eyes upon her. So, good night: 
78 My mind she has mated, and amazed my sight. 
79 I think, but dare not speak.

Gentlewoman
Good night, good doctor.


 

 

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