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Whose Character do youfind more interesting Macbeth or Lady Macbeth?

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Whose character do you find more interesting: Macbeth or Lady Macbeth? Shakespeare presents a profoundly psychological portrayal of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in this play. This makes both characters interesting and intriguing. At the start of the play Macbeth is considered to be a 'Brave friend' and a 'worthy gentlemen'. This presents him as an honourable and patriotic soldier when he kills the traitor, Macdonald. In act 1 Scene 2 Macbeth is shown to be blood thirsty 'Till he unseamed him from the nave to th'chaps' this shows that there may be some sort of subconscious desire to kill. Also, in Act 1 Scene 3 when Macbeth and Banquo encounter the witches their prophecy about Macbeth becoming King of Scotland instantly leads him to think about murder 'My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical.' Macbeth is excited by the witches' words, but when he receives news that he is the Thane of Cawdor, he has proof that they know the future and he begins to believe them. ...read more.


By this point Macbeth is completely trusting of the witches and easily duped. You see Macbeth as being selfish and arrogant to the extremes in this scene 'Even till destruction sicken: answer me'. Macbeths downfall becomes inevitable from this point on, once Lady Macbeth dies he feels there is no point in retaining kingship and will never be happy again 'She should have died hereafter; There would have been a time for such a word.' Shakespeare portrays Lady Macbeth as a powerful character however she is still vulnerable and this is why I find her very interesting. In Act1 Scene5, once she reads the letter from Macbeth she is prepared to sacrifice herself to evil spirits 'Come you spirit That tend on mortal thoughts! Unsex me here,'. She adds strength to Macbeth's doubts and uncertainties. Once she finds out that Duncan will be staying the night with them she immediately plans the murder. This tells us that Lady Macbeth has only one goal in mind, to obtain the title of King and Queen for her husband and herself. ...read more.


out, I say!...What! will these hands ne'er be clean?' Lady Macbeth has gone mad and replays the murder back to herself in her mind. Even though Macbeth performed the murders she still believes it was down to her 'The Thane of Fife had a wife: where is she now?' However, she is still mortified by Macbeth's need to kill more people. From this, you can tell that Lady Macbeth is very guilty and shocked by her husband's attitude and she shows herself to be more compassionate and deeper than she lets Macbeth and the audience believe earlier in the play. I think that I prefer both characters equally as much. Shakespeare makes both characters easy to relate to and he makes the two characters, Lady Macbeth and Macbeth, reliant on each other. Without one of these characters I don't think that the other would be that interesting. Shakespeare engages the reader to like both characters by making them nearly as horrible as each other; he makes both characters antagonists that you love to hate. Shakespeare makes both characters go through extreme changes in only a short space of time and shows us, the audience, how power corrupts. ...read more.

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