Essay about Lady Macbeth By William Shakespeare

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In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, the true evil personalities of both Lady Macbeth and Macbeth are portrayed. After learning that Macbeth could one day possibly become king, the couple decides to do whatever it takes. Lady Macbeth is very manipulative and convinces Macbeth that the only way he will ever be king is if he kills Duncan, the king at the time the prophecy was given. After killing Duncan Macbeth begins to show his evil tendencies by killing many innocent people without the help of Lady Macbeth. Throughout the play both Lady Macbeth and Macbeth struggle with their need for power making them both evil; however, Macbeth is shown to be more evil due to his lack of emotion and sanity. Lady Macbeth is thought to be more evil at the beginning of the play because she ultimately convinced her husband to murder; however, Macbeth is more evil because he knew the consequences that would occur but chose to act anyway. Macbeth, unlike his wife, knew that killing Duncan wasn 't the moral thing to do. He understood that there were other alternatives to becoming king; however, he chose to murder in order to get his way. Additionally, before Lady Macbeth even tried to convince him to kill Duncan, Macbeth said, "Let not light see my black and deep desires.The eye wink the hand, yet that be which the eye fears, when it is done, to see" (Act 1. Scene 4. Lns. 53-55). This shows that Macbeth was thinking about killing Duncan before Lady Macbeth ever said anything and knew…

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