Tear Jerker: Macbeth

  • Lady Macbeth has killed herself, Macbeth's people have abandoned him, he is considered a tyrant, and he is forced to kill many soldiers during a battle, and through these actions, he realizes how pointless it was. He becomes disillusioned with the idea of working so hard and betraying so many to become a king that no one respects, only to die some day, rendering all his efforts meaningless and going to his grave unwept and unsung.
    • Suddenly, "Life is a tale told by an idiot; full of sound and fury, signifying nothing" has an even stronger impact.
    • Also consider that Macbeth and his wife are shown to have a loving relationship during the play. At this point, however, Macbeth is so hopeless that he's even unable to express grief for Lady Macbeth's death. As evil as they were, the scene is still utterly saddening.
  • Macduff, when he learns that his family has been killed. The worst part is when he keeps asking, bewildered and lost, 'My children too? My wife too? All of them?'
    • All my pretty ones? Did you say all?
    • One production had Macduff staring in sheer disbelief and shock, then laughing when Malcolm says they'll get revenge, spitting back "He has no children." Then all at once he fell to his hands and knees and screamed, again and again.
    • In the 2006 version, we get the lovely imagery of the killers shooting Macduff's eight-year-old son multiple times while one of them holds back his distraught wife and forces her to watch. Then, she gets strangled to death with Razor Wire.