In an essay, discuss whether Macbeth has gotten what he deserved or whether he has gotten off too easily. Is his downfall satisfying to you? Why or why not? Give reasons and examples as well as details from the play to support you answer.

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Well, he was killed.  He also suffered quite a bit before he was killed.  His wife killed herself.  He saw his supporters leaving him and defecting.  The woods came calling.  Yet who can say he got what he deserved?  He got death, but did he deserve more suffering?

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You will need to consider what Macbeth gained and lost. He had the crown for a time, butknew it would not remain with his family. He lost his wife, his best friend, his beloved monarch, his position and his life. However, he was instrumental in his own destruction.

It will be useful to consider your view of how much Macbeth was in control of his own actions and whether he deserved to lose so much.

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The essay needs to address your ideas based upon if Macbeth "got what he deserved." If you think that he did, you will need to find support from the play which shows he got what he deserved.

If you feel like he got off too easily, only losing his head after being directly and indirectly responsible for the deaths of six people. Would you have felt better if his punishment would have been more severe.

Essentially, you need to take a stand and find information which supports your stand.

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