The Similarities Of Lady Macbeth By William Shakespeare's Macbeth

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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 …show more content…
Once Duncan is killed Lady Macbeth became filled with regret and guilt while Macbeth no longer thought about what he as doing before doing it. In Lady Macbeth 's state of mental insanity she exclaims, "Out, damned spot! Out I say!--One, two. Why then, 'this time to do it. Hell is murky...who would have thought the old man to have so much blood in him" (Act 5, Scene 1, Lns. 25-26 and 29-30). This shows that her guilt consumed her causing her to not be able to get the horrid picture of the crime she had helped commit and plan out of her head. On the other hand, Macbeth 's lack of sanity made him act without thinking, ultimately making him more evil. Unlike Lady Macbeth, Macbeth 's insane actions involved other people not just himself. After seeing Banquo 's ghost at the banquet Macbeth states that, "My strange and self abuse is the initiate fear that wants hard use. We are yet but young in deed" (Act 3, Scene 4, Lns. 148-150). In this quote Macbeth said that his delusions come from inexperience in crime and that he is only a beginner. This statement shows that Macbeth knew that he wasn 't finished killing. As his lack of sanity went down, he felt he needed to kill more people. Macbeth started to believe and see things that weren 't true or even real. For example, Macbeth killed Banquo because he feared he knew what he had done and was going to turn on him. The fact that he didn 't have a legitimate reason to kill Banquo shows his lack of sanity and pure evilness. Macbeth took his insanity and continued killing while Lady Macbeth only killed herself and no one

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