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Macbeth - Shakespeare Whose character is more interesting; Macbeth or Lady Macbeth? In this essay, I am going to see if Macbeth, or his wife, Lady Macbeth is the more interesting character. Both characters play very important roles in the play, and both are interesting in different ways. The word interesting can men different things; funnier, more dangerous, eviler, or better to read about. However, I will see, overall, if Macbeth or his wife is more interesting. From the very beginning of the play, Macbeth is immediately associated with evil. Even though Macbeth is not present, he is talked about in two different ways. The first is in the opening scene of the first act. The witches are only in a few scenes. This is there first entrance and the first conversation between them mentions Macbeth. The witches target Macbeth. In the second occurrence, Macbeth, again, is not in the scene, but he is spoken about. This scene is very different from the first, as the mentioning of Macbeth comes after a battle that Macbeth was involved in. The people in this scene talk about Macbeth's qualities. The sergeant says, "he unseamed him from the nave to the chops". This line says that Shakespeare has presented Macbeth as a very aggressive warrior. It means that Macbeth has ripped someone open from the navel to the jaw. Macbeth is very thorough in his job and likes to be sure he has done the deed one hundred percent. He is also a brave warrior, as the sergeant says, "valour's minion". This means that Macbeth is a good fighter, courageous and well respected. From this point, the reader can tell that Macbeth is going to be an interesting character to read about. He is very bloodthirsty and determined. This makes him interesting in the way that he has already been associated with evil and battle, so the reader will want to see what happens. ...read more.


This signifies that a book can be read easily, and Macbeth's face tells what he is thinking, so that Lady Macbeth can read his mind in an instant. Again, this indicates the strong bond between the two Shakespearean characters. Lady Macbeth is the power behind her husband at the moment. Another important line is, "look like the innocent flower, But be the serpent under't". This is what Macbeth is told by his wife. It means that Macbeth should put on a faced when Duncan comes to stay the night. He should act innocent and not show the King his worries or plans. However, underneath the concealment, he should be prepared and ready to act, like a serpent. Macbeth tries to avoid the discussion. This shows how worried he is really feeling deep down. He is starting to go back on his thoughts, but now knows that his wife won't stop until they succeed. The sixth scene of the first act is very short. It shows the arrival of Duncan at the castle, with Lady Macbeth greeting him. The people in this scene are very polite and complimentary. The character of Lady Macbeth is still going along with the plan. She is putting on a false act in front of the King. Her character has become a hypocrite, insincere, and sycophantic. This is about appearance and reality, as Lady Macbeth looks innocent in appearance, but in reality she is manipulating and plotting all the time. Scene seven is an important scene, as it starts off with a soliloquy by Macbeth's character. In his soliloquy, he is even more nervous than before. He cannot bring himself to say the word murder. Instead he uses euphemisms like, "it", "th'assassination", and "surcease". Macbeth is wrestling with his conscience. He knows that he should be protecting Duncan, as he is Duncan's host, his kinsman and his subject. He realises that both sides have strong arguments and he is torn in two about what is the right thing to do, or what is the better rewarding thing. ...read more.


He believes that he hold power over them. Macbeth's arrogance has surpassed his power. Macbeth is even more egotistical when he hears three more prophecies. One of the predictions makes Macbeth thinks that he is virtually indestructible. It says, "for none of woman born Shall harm Macbeth". This apparition tells that no one who is born from a woman's womb shall harm Macbeth. However, Macduff is Macbeth's killer and the witches have, in effect, told the truth as Macduff was born from a caesarean. At the end of the scene, Macbeth realises that more people are starting to accuse him. He orders the murder of Macduff's family. The last scene that highlights the personality of the characters is Act 5, Scene 1. Lady Macbeth has had a dramatic change. She has had a total breakdown. She is tormented by nightmares. Her guilty conscience is painfully hurting her, and she has started sleepwalking and saying stuff she doesn't mean too. Lady Macbeth's speech is broken and disjointed. She is suffering from a psychological breakdown. In her mad ramblings, she amalgamates the crimes of her husband. At present, she is unable to differentiate between the catalogue of crimes. Overall, I think that Lady Macbeth is a more interesting character as she goes through the most dramatic change. From her entry into the play, until her death she has had a traumatic time and had paid the price for her deeds. She started of as the power behind Macbeth. She was the only one brave enough to go through with the plan and not even try to back out. Both characters swap roles. By the end Macbeth is the dominant force, and is so power hungry. However, Lady Macbeth has changed more, as she is now one hundred percent opposite to her previous self. She is breaking down, mentally and physically. She has lost her touch with Macbeth and can't seem to get back into her careless days. The power of her husband has drawn the two apart and she has gone into to complete turmoil. ...read more.

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