Lady Macbeth And Mr Hyde As Sinful And Immoral Characters By The Victorian And Jacobean Audience

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For the purposes of the essay, I am going to be interpreting the term ‘villainous’ as the perception of Lady Macbeth and Mr Hyde as sinful and immoral characters by the Victorian and Jacobean audience. The concept of “Macbeth” played on ideas such as the divine right of Kings, the supernatural as well as the expected role of women in society. Whereas in "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde”, Stevenson used the position of Hyde as a representation of Dr Jekyll’s disreputable desires as a way of demonstrating the Victorian compromise. Both authors have therefore left the readers with such questions: are repressed desires villainous or is Lady Macbeth perceived as more villainous by the Jacobean audience for she is a female?
In “Macbeth” and “The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde”, Shakespeare and Stevenson both use the initial appearance to reflect the villainy of Lady Macbeth and Mr Hyde.
Shakespeare’s initial presentation of Lady Macbeth portrays her as a strong female character who possesses great ambition and determination. Soon after discovering Macbeth’s prophecy, a sudden thirst for power arises where she therefore deems Macbeth as someone who is “too full o’th’ milk of human kindness” to commit regicide. Consequently, Lady Macbeth is shown to be wanting to “pour [her] spirits in thine [Macbeth’s] ear” to eventually persuade Macbeth to execute wrongful acts. Shakespeare uses “spirits” as a metaphor for the words that Lady Macbeth will use as persuasion. To…

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