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Macbeth. Who is more ruthless and ambitious?

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Who is more ruthless and ambitious; Macbeth or Lady Macbeth? Macbeth is a dark play written by William Shakespeare somewhere between 1603 and 1607. The earliest account of Shakespeare's play; Macbeth is April 1611 at the Globe Theatre. The play was written in and performed in the 17th century which is a long time ago where people still believed in witchcraft, which is a very important subject in Macbeth, as the story focuses on what 3 witches predicted to Macbeth. I am going to be explaining who I think is more ruthless and ambitious; Macbeth or Lady Macbeth, and why I think that is. But to answer that question I first need to define exactly what ruthless and ambitious means. Ruthless is someone without feelings or mercy for others, someone very cruel, who only wishes the best for himself, and to accomplish this will take cruel actions. Ambitious is having desire to achieve a particular goal and work for it to achieve this goal. The play first opens with Macbeth having an encounter with the three witches who then tell him that he will be Thane of Cawdor and even king, just as ...read more.

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Hie thee hither, That I may pour my spirits in thine ear And chastise with the valor of my tongue All that impedes thee from the golden round, Which fate and metaphysical aid doth seem To have thee crowned withal." (Act 1, Scene 5, Line 1)] She means by this that she is going to talk Macbeth into doing what he has to do in order for him to become king, which is to kill. This is the first impression we get from Lady Macbeth, which indicates to us that she is a very dark and cruel person. She would kill or even worse, talk someone into killing someone who isn't a bad person for her own benefit. Lady Macbeth says something very dark when she hears from the servant that Duncan is coming to visit them. She says: ["That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan Under my battlements. Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full Of direst cruelty. Make thick my blood. ...read more.

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Macbeth then later in the scene even says to his wife that he does not want to kill Duncan anymore. ["We will proceed no further in this business. He hath honored me of late, and I have bought Golden opinions from all sorts of people, which would be worn now in their newest gloss, Not cast aside so soon." (Act 1, Scene 7)] When Lady Macbeth observes that he's hesitating to kill Duncan she degrades him in words making him do the deed. This shows that Lady Macbeth is very ambitious and also ruthless. Macbeth also kills the guards that were protecting Duncan after Lady Macbeth has made them so drunk you couldn't tell if they were alive or dead. This was a very cruel and unnecessary move. This shows that Macbeth also is smart, ambitious and also cruel. But to answer the main question as to whether who is more ruthless and ambitious I have to say that I think that that is Lady Macbeth. To kill someone is one thing, but to talk someone else like your husband into doing such a foul act as to kill is another. ...read more.

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