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Who is the Greater Villain Macbeth Or Lady Macbeth?

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Jermaine Maynard-Brown English Mr Cummings Tuesday 30th July 2002 'Macbeth' Who is the Greater Villain Macbeth Or Lady Macbeth? Assignment Details: - Compare the characters of Macbeth and lady Macbeth and say who for dramatic purposes is the greater villain. I believe that Macbeth is the great villain but Lady Macbeth is greater than he. This is because she is pure evil and very persuasive as she is able to influence and force Macbeth into killing his friend and King Duncan. In order for the prophecies made by the three weird sisters in the beginning of the play (when they say that Macbeth shall become King, Thane of Cawdor and Glamis) would happen a lot quicker than they should have done. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have an argument, where Lady Macbeth contradicts his villainous character and integrity by calling him weak minded because he refuses to Kill Duncan. Yet, she still manages to persuade and corrupt him into killing the king, proving that through her evil-mindedness she is able to convince a loyal soldier into killing the King. It is clear from their character profiles and the play that Lady Macbeth is manlier than her husband at heart and is prepared to do anything to get what she wants in life even if it means murder. ...read more.


Macbeth appears to be unstable; there is clear evidence that he loses nerves and focus under pressure. For a soldier like him this shouldn't be normal behaviour. This can be seen in his attitude when he goes to kill Duncan and when he sees Banquo's ghost at the banquet. Macbeth truly loves his wife in his own way. When he finds out, she is dead he feels regret and remorseful, showing true love and emotion for his wife. Lady Macbeth is an independent woman of great strength who easily takes charge of a situation. She is in charge of her own life and often Macbeth's life. Lady Macbeth is willing to do most things, including kill her king and frame his guards, in order to advance her husband's future and become Queen of Scotland. Lady Macbeth is both strong and manipulative, in order to get her own way. She proves this when she convinces Macbeth into killing Duncan. It was her plan; she framed the guards and finished the job when Macbeth lost his nerves. I think that she holds the power behind the crown. I also think that she should be the Monarch of Scotland because she has great leadership qualities. The audience's image of her changes when her guilt starts to take over and she regrets the actions that she and Macbeth have taken. ...read more.


On the other hand Macbeth appears to be stronger minded than he actually is. In actual fact he is a weak minded individual who has no control over his life. He would have made a very lousy king; he couldn't even keep rule over his wife let alone the entire population of Scotland. Thus he couldn't possibly be the greater villain. He might have killed Duncan and had Banquo killed but this shows nothing. He couldn't even do the job properly when it came to killing Duncan; Lady Macbeth had to go back and frame the guards. If Macbeth were truly a great villain, he would've killed Banquo himself. He knew that he wouldn't be able to cope with the burden on his head so he hired two murderers to do it for him. He could just about cope with killing Duncan. The dagger that he used to kill Duncan haunted him before the job was done; he couldn't cope with having Banquo killed. Macbeth is definitely too weak to murder unless he is coerced into doing it. Moreover the man was too weak to say no to his villainous wife. Lady Macbeth is definitely more evil than Macbeth because she called on evil spirits to make her manlier so that she could kill Duncan. She convinced Macbeth to kill Duncan; she planned the assassination from the moment she heard the prophecy. Evidently, lady Macbeth is the greater villain with Macbeth at her side. ...read more.

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