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The Truth Behind the Evil in Macbeth

  • Date Submitted: 01/13/2013 08:33 AM
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In Shakespeare’s, Macbeth, the idea of character development is a major part of the play. There are two particular characters that stand out when it comes to being evil, these two characters are Macbeth and his wife, Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth is more evil than her husband. Despite the fact that throughout the play Macbeth sheds blood, Lady Macbeth is the one that plants the seed which turns Macbeth into a ruthless and blood-thirsty, cold blooded killer.  
Lady Macbeth is very power-hungry, controlling, cruel and remorseless until the end of the play. Macbeth on the other hand is much more human, he constantly questions the morality of his actions, while Lady Macbeth does not care about anybody as long as she gets what she wants. She shows this in many parts throughout the play, for example when she says, “And fill me from the crown to toe top-full / Of direst cruelty! Make thick my blood. / Stop up th’ access and passage to remorse, / That no compunctious visitings of nature / Shake my fell purpose!” (1.5, 46-48).
Lady Macbeth is the one that convinces Macbeth to kill King Duncan, Macbeth thinks about killing Duncan, but he would never carry out with the deed, however his wife questions his manhood and encourages him to do it. Lady Macbeth questions his manhood when she says “What beast was ‘t then, / That made you break this enterprise to me? / When you durst do it, then you were a man; / And to be more what you were, you would / Be so much more the man. Nor time nor place / Did then adhere, and ye you would make both/ They have made themselves and that their fitness now / Does that unmake you. I have given suck, and know / How tender ‘tis to love the babe that milks me. / I would, while it smiling in my face, / Have pluck’d my nipple from his boneless gums, / And dashed the brains, had I sworn as you / Have done to this “ (1.7, 52-64).
Lady Macbeth is the one that plans out everything. As soon as she hears the news she instantaneously starts planning...


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