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Character analysis of Macbeth and lady Macbeth and the differences.

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Character analysis of Macbeth and lady Macbeth and the differences By Neil It is the development of the characters of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth during the play that makes this character study so vital to Macbeth. At the beginning of the play King Duncan hears of Macbeth, the bloody hero. The battle was horrific, but Macbeth was fearless, fighting his way through the enemy and literally cutting the rebel leader in half. King Duncan is suitably impressed by Macbeth's braveness. �O valiant cousin! Worthy gentleman!� The audience's initial perception of Lady Macbeth is of a confident and evil woman. In her first scene she is reading a letter from her husband telling her about the witch's predictions. Upon reading the letter she instantly decides to obtain the crown for Macbeth through any possible means. �Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be What thou art promised.� It is these two bold and sure views of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth that are soon to change. Lady Macbeth forces Macbeth to murder Duncan and when he first refuses, she appeals to his manhood and courage. �When you durst do it, then you were a man� Macbeth eventually gives in with the proposition of being king being too powerful a lure for him. ...read more.

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Macbeth however appreciates the difficulty of disregarding their deed. �No, this my hand will rather The multitudinous seas incarnadine, Making the green one red� Here Macbeth is stating that the seas are filled with the blood of Duncan. This blood will never leave, thus serving as a constant reminder of his regicidal act. Shakespeare employs a great deal of imagery to depict certain situations and in the last two quotations he has used the image of blood. At this stage in the play Lady Macbeth is confident while Macbeth is subject to frightened loyalty. However, what Macbeth fears is the evil of committing the evil deed rather than the evil deed itself. It is at this stage that one can first realise a chink of humanity in the originally confident and cold Lady Macbeth. The murder has just been committed and Lady Macbeth relates to Macbeth how the assassinated Duncan appeared to her. �Had he not resembled My father as he slept, I had done't.� Suddenly through the hard exterior that Lady Macbeth possesses, she sees her father as the old man lying murdered on the bed. This is a moment of weakness that will soon broaden and leave her exposed to the evil that is constantly present in this tragedy. ...read more.

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It also proves how paranoid Macbeth is. It is this state of mind that was present in Lady Macbeth at the beginning of the play. After the murder of Banquo and the fleeing of Fleance the roles of the couple have been reversed. Macbeth is now the more confident and bolder of the two, thriving in this evil midst while Lady Macbeth is beginning to lose her sanity. �Then by destruction dwell in doubtful joy� Without knowing it, Macbeth is contributing to her madness by making references to �bats�, �scorpions� and �the shard-borne beetle�. This images greatly worry Lady Macbeth as they act as reminders of the evil she has caused in persuading Macbeth to kill Duncan. Macbeth then produces the best bird image in the play by saying: �And now the crow makes wing to the rooky wood� A crow is a solitary bird yet even that leaves its solitude when faced with the evil that the two are having to endure. Macbeth is saying that he will not give in to the evil, something Lady Macbeth has already done. Macbeth then plants spies, showing how desperate and paranoid he is. He sees enemies, real or imagined everywhere. Meanwhile Lady Macbeth continues to surpress the evil and in an effort to restore her life says: �Come, we�ll to sleep� Sleep is something that restores humanity daily. ...read more.

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