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?'
  • Macbeth showing that he can still feel remorse before his duel with Macduff, when he tells the latter to stand back because: "my soul is too much charged / With blood of thine already." Despite all the horrors he's perpetrated, he's not completely evil.