Is Macbeth or Lady Macbeth the more ruthless character?
Liu Hanfei (10)
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Macbeth is a play written by William Shakespeare, it is one of Shakespeare’s most famous works. This play is about a couple, Macbeth and his wife, plot to kill the king so that Macbeth can rule England. The story is rather complicated and it develops a character profile of both Macbeth and his wife showing how their minds change and develop as the story goes. In my opinion, though Lady Macbeth plays a very devious role in inspiring Macbeth in the play, Macbeth is more ruthless as compared to her. Firstly, Lady Macbeth only plans the assassination rather than carrying out the actions herself, which is hardly ruthless but more cowardly. In the play, Lady Macbeth persuades Macbeth to kill King Duncan with great difficulty when she does have the opportunity to do the killing herself, and this would be more ideal in her circumstance since she does not completely trust and have faith in her husband to carry out the murdering. However, she does not have the courage and is not brave enough to do it because the sleeping Duncan reminds her of her father, this is evident from the quote in Act 2 Scene 2 by her, “Had he not resembled. My father as he slept, I had done’t.” This shows that she is not ruthless, kinship does stop her from achieving her ambitions, there is still a compassionate and sentimental facet of her. In addition, Macbeth suffers great guilt before the killing of Duncan as evidenced in the imagery bloody dagger scene, but he goes through with it without hesitation, this proves that he is indeed more ruthless than his wife. Secondly, after Macbeth’s first murder of King Duncan, he has grown so much in ambition and does not hesitate in the following murders as his conscience is totally blinded by his powers. Lady Macbeth’s mind begins to fall apart after the first murder as she suffers from guilt, however, on the...
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